Stamford, CT, April 4th, 2006 –Thomson Higher Education, a part of The Thomson Corporation (TSX: TOC; NYSE: TOC), announced today that it has acquired certain assets of Atomic Dog Publishing, a privately held publishing operation that provides low-cost hybrid learning solutions, in print and online formats. Atomic Dog Publishing will become part of Thomson Custom Solutions (TCS), a Thomson Higher Education business unit which provides print, digital and hybrid solutions to faculty and students across all disciplines. TCS will maintain and expand the Atomic Dog imprint.
"Thomson Custom Solutions is dedicated to ensuring students and faculty have compelling and effective choices in their learning materials, both print and online, as well as the means to actively customize these materials to meet specific goals," said Jonathan Hulbert, president of Thomson Custom Solutions. "The acquisition of Atomic Dog Publishing is an extremely exciting step in our evolution and will provide great new choices for our customers."
Atomic Dog provides a strong complement to existing Thomson Higher Education assets, skill sets, technology expertise and strategic direction. Its reputation as a progressive, student-centric provider of value-priced digital and print materials will further strengthen Thomson Custom Solutions with enhanced breadth of content, a larger customer base, production efficiencies and proven eCommerce experience. In turn, Thomson Higher Education will bring new capabilities to Atomic Dog’s operations, including increased global reach, new customization options, improved backend operational efficiencies, and dramatically expanded sales and distribution capabilities, both domestically and internationally.
"As always, Thomson Higher Education is dedicated to ensuring students and faculty are provided with a wide range of teaching and learning options, both print and online, as well as the means to customize those materials to meet their course objectives," said Susan Badger, CEO of Thomson Higher Education. "The acquisition of Atomic Dog Publishing will enhance the growth of Thomson Custom Solutions with content, capabilities, and talent, accelerating our efforts to meet the growing demand for unique teaching and learning offerings."
Further terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.
About The Thomson Corporation and Thomson Higher Education: The Thomson Corporation (www.thomson.com), with 2005 revenues of $8.70 billion, is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. Thomson provides value-added information, software tools and applications to more than 20 million users in the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, higher education, reference information, corporate e-learning and assessment, scientific research and healthcare. With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson has approximately 40,000 employees and provides services in approximately 130 countries. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC). Thomson Higher Education is a leading provider of higher education textbooks, software, and Internet materials for the humanities, behavioral and social sciences, mathematics and the sciences, and business and economics. It publishes under the brands of Thomson Wadsworth, Thomson Brooks/Cole, Thomson South-Western, Thomson Heinle, and Thomson Schirmer.
ABOUT ATOMIC DOG PUBLISHING: Atomic Dog is a next generation publishing company that specializes in developing interactive textbooks (New Breed Textbooks). New Breed Textbooks blend online content delivery, interactive media components, and print to form a completely unique learning and teaching tool. New Breed Textbooks are designed to be Immediate, Interactive, and Affordable. Atomic Dog offers companion print texts with each of its online textbooks, giving students and instructors unprecedented freedom of choice.
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