|Parent company||Pearson Education|
|Country of origin||United States|
Allyn & Bacon, founded in 1868, is a higher education textbook publisher in the areas of education, humanities and social sciences. It is an imprint of Pearson, the world's largest education publishing and technology company which is part of Pearson PLC.
Allyn & Bacon was an independent company until it was purchased by Esquire, Inc., the former publishers of the magazine of the same name, in 1981. Esquire, Inc. was sold to Gulf+Western in 1983, and Allyn & Bacon became part of Simon & Schuster's education division. Pearson purchased the education and reference divisions of Simon & Schuster in 1998.
In 2007 Allyn & Bacon merged with Merrill, also a Pearson company. As a result of the merge, the company's website changed from ablongman.com to pearsonhighered.com.