Tuesday, September 01, 2009

RDA sold its World Almanac division

In one of the things it tidied up just before filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week, Reader's Digest Association sold its World Almanac and Book of Facts to New York-based Infobase Publishing. According to a story in Folio:,
As part of the transaction, Infobase acquired The World Almanac and Book of Facts, The World Almanac for Kids and The World Almanac Book of Records. Earlier this year, the World Almanac Education Group shut down World Almanac Education Library Services, a book distribution service.
Terms of the deal (which Infobase president called "a small one, from RDA’s perspective") were not revealed. The publishing arm had operated under the World Almanac Education Group name.

A Canadian alternative
Of course the World Almanac is quite American in emphasis, so it's worth remembering that Harrowsmith Country Life magazine publishes its Truly Canadian Almanac, and the 2010 edition is now available. I've found it has a lot of very useful (and occasionally wacky) information and data with an all-Canadian twist, for $8.95$5.95 plus shipping and handling (total $8.95).

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Anonymous michel paradis said...

The Harrowsmith Truly Canadian Almanac is sold at $5.95 and not $8.95

Michel Paradis, publisher

2:59 pm  
Blogger D. B. Scott said...

I have amended the post to make it clear that the cover price is $5.95 but, with postage and handling, the out-of-pocket cost is $8.95.

3:11 pm  
Anonymous Bridget Wayland said...

Glad you like your almanac. Sometimes wacky: exactly what we're shootin' for. Thanks!
Bridget Wayland, editor

1:37 pm  

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