Salem Press, which was purchased in 2009 by EBSCO, is moving and shaking once again. Under a new exclusive license between EBSCO Publishing and Grey House, Salem’s literary, history, health, and science works will now be published by Grey House. The company is mainly known for its directories and other ready-reference content, and recently bought the Broadcast and Cable database from Bowker. The financial terms of the new agreement are undisclosed.
Salem and EBSCO’s editors will continue existing titles such as the “Critical Insights” and “Great Lives” series from their offices in Ipswich, MA, transferring material to Grey House for print publication. Jessica Moody, Vice President, Marketing and Director of Public Relations at Grey House, explains that customers can expect the same Salem lines to continue under the new agreement.
Both companies are also databases vendors. Grey House produces Grey House G.O.L.D., while Salem is known by librarians for offering their materials in thematic bundles through the Salem Health, History, Science, and Literature databases. Moody explains that the two platforms will remain separate for now, though Grey House doesn’t rule out an “all-encompassing” product in the future. In good news for librarians, Salem’s existing deal, whereby purchasers of the print products get access to the related database, will remain intact.