SUPPORT THE WORK

GetWiki

Simon & Schuster

ARTICLE SUBJECTS
aesthetics  →
being  →
complexity  →
database  →
enterprise  →
ethics  →
fiction  →
history  →
internet  →
knowledge  →
language  →
licensing  →
linux  →
logic  →
method  →
news  →
perception  →
philosophy  →
policy  →
purpose  →
religion  →
science  →
sociology  →
software  →
truth  →
unix  →
wiki  →
ARTICLE TYPES
essay  →
feed  →
help  →
system  →
wiki  →
ARTICLE ORIGINS
critical  →
discussion  →
forked  →
imported  →
original  →
Simon & Schuster
[ temporary import ]
please note:
- the content below is remote from Wikipedia
- it has been imported raw for GetWiki
{{short description|Large American English-language publisher}}







factoids
200px)1230 Avenue of the Americas>Simon & Schuster BuildingNew York City| country = United StatesCarolyn Reidy {{smallCEODennis Eulau {{smallCFOIan Chapman {{smallKevin Hanson {{smallWEBSITE=BLOOMBERG.COMACCESSDATE=FEBRUARY 22, 2017, }}United States dollar>US$821.52 million (2017)| distribution = Worldwide| publications = Books| topics =| genre = #Imprints>Many| url = www.simonandschuster.com}}Simon & Schuster, Inc. ({{IPAc-en|ˈ|ʃ|uː|s|t|ər}}), a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, is an American publishing company founded in New York City in 1924 by Richard L. Simon and M. Lincoln Schuster. As of 2016, Simon & Schuster was publishing 2,000 titles annually under 35 different imprints.WEB,weblink Carolyn K. Reidy Named President, Chief Executive Officer of Simon &... - re> NEW YORK, Sept. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/, Prnewswire.com, 2014-01-16,

History

(File:US Rubber 1790 Bwy west jeh.jpg|thumb|upright|left|100px|Middle 20th century HQ, Broadway)

Early years

In 1924, Richard Simon's aunt, a crossword puzzle enthusiast, asked whether there was a book of New York World crossword puzzles, which were very popular at the time. After discovering that none had been published, Simon and Max Schuster decided to launch a company to exploit the opportunity.Frederick Lewis Allen, Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s, p. 165. {{ISBN|0-06-095665-8}}. At the time, Simon was a piano salesman and Schuster was editor of an automotive trade magazine.BOOK, Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America., Miller, Donald L., Simon & Scuster, 2014, 9781416550198, They pooled {{USD|8,000}}, equivalent to ${{Formatprice|{{Inflation|US|8000|1924|r=-3}}}} today,{{Inflation-fn|US}} to start a company that published crossword puzzles.BOOK, Korda, Michael, Another life: a memoir of other people, 1999, Random House, New York, 0679456597, 1st, The new publishing house used "fad" publishing to publish books that exploited current fads and trends. Simon called this "planned publishing". Instead of signing authors with a planned manuscript, they came up with their own ideas, and then hired writers to carry them out.In the 1930s, the publisher moved to what has been referred to as "Publisher's Row" on Park Avenue in Manhattan, New York.

Expansion

In 1939, Simon & Schuster financially backed Robert Fair de Graff to found Pocket Books, America's first paperback publisher.NEWS,weblink ROBERT F. DE GRAFF DIES AT 86; WAS POCKET BOOKS FOUNDER, Ennis, Thomas W., 2018-08-31, en, In 1942, Simon & Schuster and Western Printing launched the Little Golden Books series in cooperation with the Artists and Writers Guild."Announcing Little Golden Books". Publishers Weekly. September 19, 1942, pp. 991–94.NEWS,weblink Commemorating 75 Years Of Little Golden Books, PublishersWeekly.com, 2018-08-31, en, In 1944, Marshall Field III, owner of the Chicago Sun, purchased Simon & Schuster and Pocket Books.BOOK,weblink The Fortune Builders: Chicago's Famous Families, Darby, Edwin, 2011-11-06, Garrett County Press, 9781891053177, en, The company was sold back to Simon and Schuster following his death.{{Citation needed|date=August 2018}}In the 1950s and 1960s, many publishers including Simon & Schuster turned toward educational publishing due to the baby boom market.NEWS,weblink Publishers Hope Wider Market Will Mean Better Profit Margins, Gilroy, Harry, 1964-01-06, The New York Times, 0362-4331, "There is no doubt that expansion is coming. Publishers talk of census projections that indicate there will be almost 70 million persons in the 5-to-24 year old age bracket by the end of the year. Battle maps will have to replace bookshelves in the executive offices, one publisher comments.", 2017-01-14, Pocket Books focused on paperbacks for the educational market instead of textbooks and started the Washington Square Press imprint in 1959. By 1964 it had published over 200 titles and was expected to put out another 400 by the end of that year. Books published under the imprint included classic reprints such as Lorna Doone, Ivanhoe, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and Robinson Crusoe.NEWS,weblink Searching Out the Paperbacks; Searching Out the Paperbacks, Some searching, though disclosed that in Washington Square Press Books, for instance, there's an astounding assortment, many of them books I'd recently paid several times the price for in hardcover: "Lorna Doone," "Huckleberry Finn," "Robinson Crusoe," etc. etc., 2017-01-14, In 1960, Richard Simon died of a heart attack; six years later, Max Schuster retired and sold his half of Simon & Schuster to Leon Shimkin.NEWS,weblink Max Lincoln Schuster, Editor and Publisher, Dies, Freeman, William M., December 21, 1970, New York Times, September 3, 2016, Shimkin then merged Simon & Schuster with Pocket Books under the name of Simon & Schuster. In 1968, editor-in-chief Robert Gottlieb, who worked at Simon & Schuster since 1955 and edited several bestsellers including Joseph Heller's Catch-22,WEB,weblink Robert Gottlieb: the editor who changed American literature, Dean, Michelle, 2016-09-27, the Guardian, en, 2018-08-31, left abruptly to work at competitor Knopf, taking other influential S&S employees, Nina Bourne, and Tony Schulte.NEWS,weblink The Man Who Will Edit Clinton; Legendary Figure Will Try to Elicit Meaningful Memoir, Kirkpatrick, David D., 2001-08-13, The New York Times, 0362-4331, 2017-01-28, In 1979, Richard Snyder was named CEO of the company. Over the next several years he would help grow the company substantially.NEWS,weblink SIMON SCHUSTER BOSS FIRED, 1994-06-15, Washington Post, 2018-09-12, en-US, 0190-8286, File:SimonSchusterBuilding.JPG|thumb|upright|left|Simon & Schuster headquarters at 1230 Avenue of the Americas, Rockefeller CenterRockefeller Center

1980s

After the 1983 death of Charles Bluhdorn, head of Gulf+Western who acquired Simon in Schuster in 1976, the company made the decision to diversify. Bluhdorn's successor Martin Davis told The New York Times, "Society was undergoing dramatic changes, so that there was a greater need for textbooks, maps and educational information. We saw the opportunity to diversify into those areas, which are more stable and more profitable than trade publishing."In 1984, Simon & Schuster with CEO Richard E. Snyder acquired educational publisher Esquire Corporation, owner of companies including Allyn & Bacon (and former owner of the magazine), for $180 million. Prentice Hall was brought into the company fold in 1985 for over $700 million and was viewed by some executives to be a catalyst for change for the company as a whole. This acquisition was followed by Silver Burdett in 1986,NEWS,weblink Profits - Dick Snyder's Ugly Word, Cohen, Roger, 1991-06-30, The New York Times, 0362-4331, April 3, 2016, mapmaker Gousha in 1987 and Charles E. Simon in 1988. Part of the acquisition included educational publisher Allyn & Bacon which, according to then editor and chief Michael Korda, became the "nucleus of S&S's educational and informational business." Three California educational companies were also purchased between 1988 and 1990—Quercus, Fearon Education and Janus Book Publishers. In all, Simon & Schuster spent more than $1 billion in acquisitions between 1983 and 1991. In the 1980s, Snyder also made an unsuccessful bid toward video publishing which was believed to have led to the company's success in the audio book business. Snyder was dismayed to realize that Simon & Schuster did not own the video rights to Jane Fonda's Workout Book, a huge bestseller at the time, and that the video company producing the VHS was making more money on the video. This prompted Snyder to ask editors to obtain video rights for every new book. Agents were often reluctant to give these up—which meant the S&S Video division never took off. According to Korda, the audio rights expanded into the audio division which by the 1990s would be a major business for Simon & Schuster.In 1989, Gulf and Western Inc., owner of Simon & Schuster, changed its name to Paramount Communications Inc.NEWS,weblink Gulf and Western Switch, 2018-09-12, en,

1990s

In 1990, The New York Times described Simon & Schuster as the largest book publisher in the United States with sales of $1.3 billion the previous year.NEWS,weblink THE MEDIA BUSINESS; Is Simon & Schuster Mellowing?, Mcdowell, Edwin, October 29, 1990, The New York Times, 0362-4331, March 3, 2016, That same year, Simon & Schuster acquired the children's publisher Green Tiger Press.WEB, Simon & Schuster Buys San Diego Firm, tribunedigital-chicagotribune, 2018-05-15,weblink In 1994, Paramount was sold to Viacom.NEWS,weblink Viacom captures Paramount, tribunedigital-baltimoresun, 2018-09-12, en, Later that year, Snyder, was suddenly fired from S&S and was replaced by the company's president and chief operating officer Jonathan Newcomb.NEWS,weblink SIMON SCHUSTER BOSS FIRED, 1994-06-15, Washington Post, 2018-09-12, en-US, 0190-8286, Simon & Schuster then sold several peripheral assets, such as selling Charles E. Simon Co. to CDB Infotek.WEB, S&S sells two peripheral assets, Publishers Weekly, 2019-10-15, 1994-11-28,weblink Gousha was sold to Rand McNally in 1996.NEWS, 0199-8560, –1, Michele Kay, Map Maker Folds - Company's demise disturbs Comfort, Austin American-Statesman, 1996-04-21, In 1998, Viacom sold Simon & Schuster's educational operations, including Prentice Hall and Macmillan, to Pearson PLC, the global publisher and then owner of Penguin and the Financial Times; Pearson then merged the operations with Addison-Wesley Longman to form Pearson Education. The professional and reference operations were sold to Hicks Muse Tate & Furst.NEWS, 0362-4331, Myerson, Geraldine Fabrikant With Allen R., SIMON & SCHUSTER IN SALE TO BRITISH, The New York Times, 2016-03-22, 1998-05-18,weblink

2000s

In 2002, Simon & Schuster acquired its Canadian distributor Distican.WEB, Simon & Schuster To Acquire Distican, PublishersWeekly.com, 2019-01-01,weblink
Simon & Schuster began publishing in Canada in 2013.WEB, Opportunity Knocks: Focus on Canada 2013, PublishersWeekly.com, 2019-01-01,weblink
At the end of 2005, Viacom split into two companies: CBS Corporation (which inherited S&S), and the other retaining the Viacom name.NEWS,weblink Viacom Completes Split Into 2 Companies, News, Bloomberg, 2018-09-12, en, Also in 2005, Simon & Schuster acquired Strebor Books International, which was founded in 1999 by author Kristina Laferne Roberts, who has written under the pseudonym "Zane." WEB,weblink Strebor Books International LLC: Private Company Information - Bloomberg, www.bloomberg.com, 2017-01-13, WEB,weblink Md. author of steamy novels in some hot water herself,weblink Washington Post, en, 2018-09-12, A year later, in 2006, Simon & Schuster launched the conservative imprint Threshold Editions.WEB,weblink Threshold Editions {{!, Home|website=simonandschusterpublishing.com|access-date=2016-12-31}}In 2009, Simon & Schuster signed a multi-book and co-publishing deal with Glenn Beck which fell over many of their imprints and included adult non-fiction, fiction, children and YA literature as well as e-book and audiobook originals.NEWS,weblink Glenn Beck Signs Multi-Book Deal with Simon & Schuster, Publishers Weekly, 2017-01-01, As part of CBS, Simon & Schuster has been the primary publisher for books related to various media franchises owned by and/or aired on CBS such as .BOOK,weblink Book Publishing 101: Inside Information to Getting Your First Book Or Novel Published, Maeda, Martha, 2014, Atlantic Publishing Company, 9781601385642, en, The company has also held a license to publish books in the Star Trek franchise under Pocket Books.NEWS,weblink For Star Trek Books, the Voyage Shows No Sign of Stopping, Publishers Weekly, January 15, 2017,

2010s

In 2011, Simon & Schuster signed a number of co-publishing deals. Glenn Beck signed a new co-publishing deal with Simon & Schuster for his own imprint, Mercury Ink.NEWS,weblink Glenn Beck Re-Ups with S&S; Launches New Imprint, Publishers Weekly, 2016-12-31, Under Atria, Simon & Schuster also launched a publishing venture with Cash Money Records called Cash Money Content.NEWS,weblink Baby And Slim Celebrate Their New Publishing Venture, Cash Money Content [Photos], 2011-05-25, Hip-Hop Wired, en-US, 2017-01-08, In April 2012, the United States Department of Justice filed United States v. Apple Inc., naming Apple, Simon & Schuster, and four other major publishers as defendants. The suit alleged that they conspired to fix prices for e-books, and weaken Amazon.com's position in the market, in violation of antitrust law.NEWS,weblink Justice Department sues Apple, publishers over e-book prices, April 11, 2012, The Washington Post, 2014-06-01, Mui, Ylan Q. and Hayley Tsukayama, Simon & Schuster reorganized all of their imprints under four main groups in 2012.NEWS,weblink S&S Reorganizes Adult Group; Levin to Leave Free Press, Publishers Weekly, 2017-01-15, The four groups included the Atria Publishing Group, the Scribner Publishing Group, the Simon & Schuster Publishing Group and the Gallery Publishing Group. According to CEO Reidy, the divisions were created to align imprints that complement one another and that the structure would "lead to a sharper editorial focus for our imprints even as it takes consideration of the natural affinities among them."In 2012, Simon & Schuster launched a self-publishing arm of the company, Archway Publishing.WEB,weblink Archway Publishing, Self Publishing Company from Simon & Schuster, Archway Publishing, 2016-09-08, Simon & Schuster signed a co-publishing agreement with former New York Yankees shortstop, Derek Jeter, to launch Jeter Publishing. Any adult titles would be published in the Gallery Books imprint, and any children's titles would be published at Little Simon, Paula Wiseman Books and Simon Spotlight.In December 2013, a federal judge approved a settlement of the antitrust claims, in which Simon & Schuster and the other publishers paid into a fund that provided credits to customers who had overpaid for books due to the price-fixing.NEWS,weblink E-book price fixing settlements rolling out, USA Today, March 25, 2014, 2014-06-01, Molina, Brett, In 2014, Simon & Schuster signed a partnership deal with Amazon over ebooks and also launched a new speculative fiction imprint. In October 2014, Simon & Schuster signed a multi-year partnership deal with Amazon.com in negotiations concerning the price of e-books.Amazon signs multi-year deal with Simon & Schuster. Reuters, 21 October 2014 Simon & Schuster also launched a new science fiction imprint called Simon451 that would publish titles across science fiction and fantasy with an emphasis on ebooks and online communities.NEWS,weblink S&S Launching New SF Imprint, Simon451, Publishers Weekly, 2017-01-16, The name of the imprint was inspired by Ray Bradbury's book Fahrenheit 451 (the temperature at which books burn). Bradbury's classic is also published by Simon & Schuster.Simon & Schuster expanded beyond book publishing in 2015 by offering a new business model and additional services for authors. In 2015, Simon & Schuster announced the creation of a new publishing unit and imprint called North Star Way.NEWS,weblink Introducing North Star Way: A New Platform-Based, Client-Centric Approach to Publishing from Simon & Schuster, Book Business, en-US, 2017-01-16, The imprint would publish non-fiction titles such as self-improvement, inspirational and mind-body-spirit titles. In addition, the group would also serve as a platform and set of services for authors that go beyond what a traditional book publisher offers to find their audience. The services include helping authors expand their reach through online courses, seminars, workshops, mobile applications, video and audiobooks, sponsorships and business partnerships and podcasts. North Star Way sits within the Gallery Publishing Group division. According to Michele Martin, publisher and founder, the name North Star reflects their mission, "to publish books that will help readers find the path to a better life, and to be a guide for our authors, not only through publication of their books but also in the many other activities that can help their message find the widest possible audience."WEB,weblink S&S launches audience-building unit for authors in US {{!, The Bookseller|website=www.thebookseller.com|access-date=2017-01-16}} In an interview with Kirkus Reviews, Michele Martin expanded that North Star Way, "aims to meet consumers where they are, in whatever form of media they consume. We expand the ideas in the books into a variety of platforms."NEWS,weblink Q&A: MICHELE MARTIN OF NORTH STAR WAY/SIMON & SCHUSTER, Kirkus Reviews, en-us, 2017-01-16, The name prompted Marvel Comics to attempt to register the name of their superhero Northstar in February 2015. The application was denied as Simon & Schuster had already made a trademark application for North Star Way in January.WEB,weblink Trademark Office Suspends Marvel's Registration Of 'Northstar', 2015-08-05, Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News, 2017-01-16, Simon & Schuster launched SimonSays.com a portal for online video courses in 2016, along with Scout Press, a new literary fiction imprint under Gallery Books Group. They also launched North Star Way, a platform-based program to provide authors with services beyond publishing including brand management, online courses, sponsorship and business partnerships.NEWS,weblink Global Publishing Leaders 2016: Simon & Schuster, Publishers Weekly, 2017-01-01, Also as of 2016, Simon & Schuster had more than 18k e-books available for sale and signed a deal to distribute Start Publishing LLC, a catalog of 7,000 e-book titles.

Notable people

Notable editors and publishers

Notable authors

Simon & Schuster has published thousands of books from thousands of authors. This list represents some of the more notable authors (those who are culturally significant or have had several bestsellers). For a more extensive list see List of Simon & Schuster authors.{{Div col|colwidth=20em}} {{div col end}}

Logo

(File:simonschuster.png|thumb|right|150 px|"The Sower", Simon & Schuster logo, {{circa}} 1961)According to one source, The Sower, the logo of Simon & Schuster, was inspired by the 1850 Jean-François Millet painting of the same name.Larson, Kay (April 16, 1984). "Poet of Peasants". New York Magazine. According to Michael Korda, the colophon is a small reproduction of The Sower by Sir John Everett Millais.Business Timeline {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20090916062640weblink|date=September 16, 2009}}

Imprints

Adult publishing

  • Adams Media,NEWS,weblink S&S to Acquire Adams Media, John, Maher, Publishers Weekly, PWxyz LLC, United States, November 15, 2016, April 12, 2017, 0000-0019, located in Avon, MassachusettsWEB,weblink Adams Media, Manta, Manta Media, Inc., Columbus, Ohio, April 12, 2017,
  • Atria Publishing GroupNEWS,weblink Global Publishing Leaders 2016: Simon & Schuster, August 26, 2016, Publishers Weekly, PWxyz LLC, United States, January 1, 2017, 0000-0019,
  • Avid Reader PressWEB,weblink Introducing Avid Reader Press, A New Imprint from Simon & Schuster, October 29, 2018, Simon & Schuster, October 5, 2019,
  • Gallery Books Group
    • Gallery Books, general interest publisher
    • Karen Hunter Publishing, general interest imprint founded by journalist Karen Hunter
    • Mercury Ink, co-publishing deal with Glenn Beck and Mercury Radio Arts
    • MTV Books, young adult and pop-culture imprint
    • North Star Way Books, inspirational non-fiction imprint with additional services for authors
    • Pocket Books, mass market imprint of the Gallery Publishing Group
    • Pocket Star, e-book only imprint of the Gallery Publishing Group
    • Scout Press, publisher of literary fiction
    • Threshold Editions, conservative imprint
    • Gallery 13, a graphic novel imprintNEWS,weblink Gallery Books Unveils New Graphic Books Line, PublishersWeekly.com, 2017-01-15,
  • Scribner
    • Scribner, publisher of fiction and non-fiction books
    • Touchstone, publisher of fiction and non-fiction books
  • Simon & Schuster (the flagship imprint)
    • Folger Shakespeare Library, publishes print and ebooks of Shakespeare works
    • Simon451, publisher of speculative fiction and fantasy
    • Saga Press (specializes in science fiction and fantasy.)

Children's publishing

  • Aladdin, publisher of picture and chapter books for middle grade readers
  • Atheneum, publisher of literary middle grade, teen and picture books
  • Beach Lane Books, publisher of picture books
  • Little Simon, publisher of children's books
  • Margaret K. McElderry Books, boutique imprint publisher of literary fiction and nonfiction for children and teens
  • Paula Wiseman Books, publisher of picture books, novelty books and novels for children
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, flagship imprint of Simon & Schuster's Children's Division
  • Simon Pulse, publisher of teen books
  • Simon Spotlight, publisher focused on licensed properties for children
  • Musical Stew, The Debut Album Of Macho Nacho And Mouth Trumpet.

Audio

Former imprints

  • Bookthrift (Inexpensive reprints, discontinued)
  • Earthlight (UK science fiction imprint, discontinued)
  • Downtown Press (women's fiction, discontinued)
  • Fireside Books
  • Free Press
  • Green Tiger Press
  • Half Moon Books
  • Inner Sanctum Mysteries
  • Linden Press
  • Long Shadow Books
  • Minstrel Books (children's imprint)
  • Poseidon Press (operated 1982–1993)
  • Richard Gallen Books
  • Sonnet Books
  • Summit Books, run by James H. Silberman (operated 1976-1991)NEWS, 0362-4331, Fein, Esther B., Book Notes; Summit May Fold as Dismissed Founder Moves to Little, Brown, The New York Times, 2018-12-29, 1991-12-04,weblink
  • Wallaby Books

See also

References

{{reflist|30em}}

Further reading

  • BOOK, Another Life: A Memoir of Other People, Korda, Michael, Random House, 1999, 0-679-45659-7, United States,
  • "Simon & Schuster Inc." International Directory of Company Histories. 4:671–672.
  • "Simon & Schuster Inc." International Directory of Company Histories. 19:403–405.
{{BIG6_PUBLISHERS_USA}}{{CBS}}{{Books}}{{Authority control}}

- content above as imported from Wikipedia
- "Simon & Schuster" does not exist on GetWiki (yet)
- time: 1:12pm EDT - Tue, Oct 22 2019
[ this remote article is provided by Wikipedia ]
LATEST EDITS [ see all ]
GETWIKI 09 JUL 2019
Eastern Philosophy
History of Philosophy
GETWIKI 09 MAY 2016
GETWIKI 18 OCT 2015
M.R.M. Parrott
Biographies
GETWIKI 20 AUG 2014
GETWIKI 19 AUG 2014
CONNECT