Saturday, August 20, 2011

EBSCO Publishing Acquires H.W. Wilson Company

EBSCO Publishing acquired the venerable H.W. Wilson Company. Wilson operates a similar business to EBSCO offering abstract/index records and full text databases via its proprietary platform, Wilson Web, but it is a much smaller company with about 200 employees and sales that are less than 10 percent of EBSCO's.

All Wilson indexing, abstracts, and full text will be fully searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service for subscribers of Wilson databases. Databases from Wilson will be integrated with EBSCOhost over the coming months, and, eventually, the WilsonWeb platform will be eliminated, the companies said in a press release. EBSCO will maintain WilsonWeb until all Wilson databases are available on EBSCOhost and customers have been transitioned to EBSCOhost.

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