Verso Books
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Verso Books
Verso Books
Parent companyNew Left Review
Founded1970; 49 years ago (1970) (as New Left Books)
Headquarters location
DistributionPenguin Random House (U.S.)
Marston Book Services (UK)
Bloomsbury Publishing (Australia)
Publication typesBooks

Verso Books (formerly New Left Books) is a publishing house based in London and New York City, founded in 1970 by the staff of New Left Review.

Verso Books was originally known as New Left Books. The name "Verso" refers to the technical term for the left-hand page in a book (see recto and verso), and is a play on words regarding its political outlook and also reminds of the vice versa - "the other way around".

History and details

The publisher gained early recognition for translations of books by European thinkers, especially those from the Frankfurt School.

Verso Books' best-selling title is the autobiography of Rigoberta Menchú, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992.[1]

Verso Books titles are distributed in the United States by Random House.

On April 8, 2014 Verso began bundling DRM-free e-books with print purchases made through its website. Verso's managing director Jacob Stevens stated that he expected the new offer on the Verso website to contribute £200,000 to the publisher's revenue in its first year helping to "shake up how publishers relate to their readership, and help to support independent publishing".[2]

See also


  1. ^ Verso Books, About Verso
  2. ^ "E-book/print bundling venture from Verso".

External links

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