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Simon and Schuster

Simon & Schuster
Parent company CBS Corporation
Founded 1924
Founder Richard L. Simon
M. Lincoln Schuster
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location 1230 Avenue of the Americas
Rockefeller Center
New York City
Key people Carolyn K. Reidy (President and Chief Executive Officer, Simon & Schuster, Inc.)[1]
Christopher Lynch (President and Publisher, Simon & Schuster Audio)
Ian Chapman (Chief Executive and Publisher, Simon & Schuster UK and International)
Jon Anderson (President and Publisher, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)
Jon Karp (President and Publisher, Simon & Schuster Publishing Group)
Judith Curr (President and Publisher, Atria Publishing Group)
Kevin Hanson (President, Simon & Schuster Canada)
Lou Johnson (Managing Director, Simon & Schuster Australia)
Louise Burke (President and Publisher, Gallery Publishing Group)
Rahul Srivastava (Managing Director, Simon & Schuster India)
Susan Moldow (President and Publisher, Scribner Publishing Group)
Publication types Books
Imprints Many (see below)
Official website www.simonandschuster.com

Simon & Schuster, Inc., a division of CBS Corporation, is a publisher founded in New York City in 1924 by Richard L. Simon and M. Lincoln ("Max") Schuster. It is one of the four largest English-language publishers and publishing houses, alongside Random House, Penguin, and HarperCollins. It publishes over two thousand titles annually under 35 different imprints.

History

Early years

Crossword puzzles first appeared in the New York World in 1913, and soon became a popular feature in newspapers. In 1924, Simon's aunt, a crossword puzzle devotee, asked Simon whether there was a book of these puzzles that she could give to a friend. Simon discovered that none had been published, and, with Schuster, launched a company to exploit the opportunity.[2]

To attract attention, the book came with a pencil attached.[2] The advertising campaign implied that it was about to become a new fad:

The ad proved prophetic, and crossword puzzles were indeed the craze of 1924.[2] Simon & Schuster continues to be the preeminent U.S. publisher of crossword puzzle books.


Expansion

In 1939, with Robert Fair de Graff, Simon & Schuster founded Pocket Books, America's first paperback publisher.

In 1942, Simon & Schuster, or "Essandess" as it is called in the initial announcement, launched the Little Golden Books series in cooperation with the Artists and Writers Guild.[3] Simon & Schuster's partner in the venture was the Western Printing and Lithographing Company which handled the actual printing. Western Printing bought out Simon & Schuster's interest in 1958.

In 1944, Marshall Field III, owner of the Chicago Sun newspaper, purchased Simon & Schuster and Pocket Books. Following Field's death, in 1957 his heirs sold the company back to Richard L. Simon and M. Lincoln Schuster, while Leon Shimkin and James M. Jacobson acquired Pocket Books.[4]


Corporate ownership

In 1975, Gulf+Western acquired the company, and nine years later, Prentice Hall was brought into the company fold, followed by mapmaker Gousha in 1987. G+W would change its name to Paramount Communications in 1989.

In 1994, Paramount was sold to the original Viacom, allowing S&S to launch several new imprints in conjunction with channels owned by Viacom's MTV Networks. Simon & Schuster's first move under Viacom was the acquisition of Macmillan USA.

In 1998, Viacom sold Simon & Schuster's educational operations, including Prentice Hall and Macmillan, to Pearson PLC, the global publisher and owner of Penguin and Financial Times.

Viacom would split into 2 companies at the end of 2005: one called CBS Corporation (which inherited S&S), and the other retaining the Viacom name. Despite the split, National Amusements retains majority control of both firms.

As part of CBS, Simon & Schuster is the primary publisher for books related to various media franchises owned by CBS, such as How I Met Your Mother, Star Trek, and CSI.

Personalities

Editors

Some of its prominent editors have been Robert Gottlieb and Michael Korda.

Authors

United States

United Kingdom


The sower, the logo of Simon & Schuster was inspired by the 1850 Jean-François Millet painting of the same name.[5]

Imprints

In addition to the main Simon & Schuster imprint are the following:

Adult Publishing

Children’s Publishing

  • Aladdin
  • Atheneum - initially (1959) a publishing house and adult imprint,[8] it now publishes children's titles, formerly just part of its output.[9]
  • Beach Lane Books
  • Little Simon
  • Margaret K. McElderry Books[10]
  • Paula Wiseman Books
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Simon Pulse
  • Simon Spotlight

Audio

  • '''Pimsleur Language Programs''' (company)
  • Simon & Schuster Audio

Former Imprints

  • Earthlight (UK science fiction imprint, discontinued)
  • Fireside Books
  • '''Poseidon Press''' (operated from 1982-1993)
  • Sonnet Books
  • Long Shadow Books
  • Wallaby Books
  • Richard Gallen Books

See also

New York City portal
Companies portal

Footnotes

References

  • "Simon & Schuster Inc." International Directory of Company Histories. 4:671-672.
  • "Simon & Schuster Inc." International Directory of Company Histories. 19:403-405.

External links

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