Internet service provider Freeserve said today it does not plan to buy educational publisher Dorling Kindersley, but admitted that it has been in negotiations over the online rights to its content.
In a separate statement, Dorling Kindersley said: "The board confirms that it and its advisors have had some discussions with a number of interested parties.
"In none of these discussions have the terms or conditions of any proposal in regard to the future of the company been made or indicated."
Dorling Kindersley has already issued profit warnings following disastrous sales over the Christmas period, when it is estimated that some 10 million of the publisher's Star Wars books went unsold.
Freeserve is rumoured to have been interested in Dorling Kindersley for some time. The publisher's educational, entertainment and health titles could add premium content to Freeserve's online service.
WH Smith and German media conglomerate Bertelsmann are also keen to forge names for themselves in the online world, and are believed to have been eyeing up Dorling Kindersley in recent months.
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