Simon and Schuster: Leaders in Publishing

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In 1924, Richard L. Simon and M. Lincoln Schuster founded Simon and Schuster Publishing. The founders approached the publishing industry in a different way than their predecessors, and they revolutionized the industry. They were vigorous in marketing, often spending five to ten times more on advertising and promoting than their competitors, and they were the first publishers to offer writers the opportunity to return unsold books for credit. They were also the first to apply techniques of mass production and distribution to books. Today, they publish nearly 2000 titles a year in genres ranging from children's fiction to nonfiction in over 200 countries, and they have won fifty-five Pulitzer Prizes and several other prestigious awards.

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History of the Company

  • 1924- Founded
  • 1939- Partnered with Robert Fair de Graff to create PocketBooks, the first paperback printing company in America
  • 1944- Sold to Marshall Field, a department store magnate
  • 1957- Company repurchased by Simon, Schuster, Leon Shimkin, and James M. Jacobson
  • 1975- Shimkin sold company to Gulf and Western, an international conglomerate
  • 1989- Gulf and Western became Paramount Communications.
  • 1994- Paramount acquired by Viacom Inc.
  • 1998- Educational, professional, and reference units of Simon and Schuster sold to Pearson PLC.
  • 2000- Simon and Schuster published Stephen King's Riding the Bullet, the first exclusively e-book publication
  • 2002- Company made part of Viacom entertainment
  • 2006- Viacom and CBS became separate. Simon and Schuster became part of CBS

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World-Wide Locations

Simon and Schuster have locations in over 200 countries, including Japan, Korea, India, Belgium, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Indonesia, and Guam. Click below for a full list of locations.

Authors Working with Simon and Schuster

  • Ernest Hemingway (The Old Man and the Sea)
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)
  • Stephen King (The Shining, Mr. Mercedes
  • Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices)
  • Michelle Hodkin (The Mara Dyer Trilogy)
  • Jodi Picoult (My Sister's Keeper)
  • R.L. Stine (Goosebumps)
  • Shel Silverstein (The Giving Tree)
  • Brad Thor (Black List, Act of War)
  • Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush)

*Note: Several of the books mentioned were published by Charles Scribner Sons (Scribner) publishing, which is owned by Simon and Schuster


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