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Sourcebooks, Inc., is an independent book publisher founded by Dominique Raccah located in Naperville, Illinois, in the western suburbs of Chicago. The company publishes books, ebooks, and digital products in most consumer categories, including adult fiction, adult nonfiction (including college guides, memoir, history, gift books, and reference books), children's books, young adult, and romance fiction.

Sourcebooks
StatusActive
Founded1987
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNaperville, Illinois
DistributionLSC Communications (US fulfillment)[1]
Raincoast Books (Canada)
Melia Publishing Services (UK)
New South Books (Australia)[2]
Bookreps NZ (New Zealand)[3]
Key peopleDominique Raccah
Publication typesBooks
eBooks
Calendars
Apps
e-commerce
Official websitewww.sourcebooks.com

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HistoryEdit

The company was founded in 1987 by Dominique Raccah as a business and finance publisher.[4] Raccah cashed in $17,000 from her retirement fund to start the press.[5]

The company now publishes in other categories of trade publishing.[6] As of 2010 they had 54 apps in development.[7] By 2015, the publisher had 120 employees, working on a diverse list of adult, children's, and young adult books, in addition to its rapidly expanding e-commerce businesses.[8] As of 2010 they were the largest woman-owned book publisher in the United States.[9]

In 2013, the publisher launched a personalized book engine with its "Put Me In The Story" application and website. It has added brands such as Sesame Street, the Berenstain Bears, and Hello Kitty, in addition to authors and illustrators such as Nancy Tillman.[10][11] Later additions to Put Me In The Story included Curious George and characters from Disney and Nickelodeon, among others.[12] In 2013, Sourcebooks acquired motivational and inspirational book publisher Simple Truths, which specializes in direct-to-consumer publishing.[13]

The company cited a 20% gain in sales in 2014, with some of that gain coming from its own sales channels with Put Me In The Story and Simple Truths. In addition to strength with its adult fiction, romance, and nonfiction imprints, it reported its Sourcebooks Jabberwocky children's imprint and young adult imprint Sourcebooks Fire both up sharply. Those results included more than two million books sold for picture book author Marianne Richmond and YA author Natasha Preston nearing 100,000 copies sold. Preston and fellow YA writer Ali Novak gained commercial success with Sourcebooks Fire after starting their writing careers with the Wattpad online social writing community.[8]

In December 2016, Sourcebooks CEO and founder Dominique Raccah was named book publishing's "Person of the Year" by Publishers Weekly, a book publishing trade magazine.[12] Publishers Weekly cited Raccah for having been named Book Industry Study Group (BISG) Innovator of the Year and the company for receiving the Rising Star award from major wholesaler Readerlink Distribution Services. In February 2017, Publishers Weekly reported NPD BookScan data showing Sourcebooks as the 18th-largest trade publisher in America. [14]

Sourcebooks published 385 titles in 2017 and was the 14th-largest trade publisher in the U.S.[4]

In 2018, Sourcebooks acquired mystery imprint Poisoned Pen Press.[15]

ImprintsEdit

  • Sourcebooks (adult nonfiction)
  • Sourcebooks Landmark (fiction)[4]
  • Sourcebooks Casablanca (romance fiction)[4]
  • Cumberland House (gift, cookbooks, and history)
  • Simple Truths (business, leadership, motivation, and inspiration)
  • Sourcebooks Fire (young adult)[4]
  • Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (children's books)[4]
  • Poisoned Pen Press (mystery)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Contact Us". Sourcebooks. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  2. ^ "International Customers". Sourcebooks. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  3. ^ "Distribution Partners". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Button, Liz (2018-05-23). "A Closer Look at Sourcebooks, Dominique Raccah's "Female-Forward" Publishing Company". American Booksellers Association. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  5. ^ "Sourcebooks Raccah Charges Into Digital Age with eBook Publishing".
  6. ^ "About Sourcebooks - Sourcebooks.com". www.sourcebooks.com.
  7. ^ Meyer, Ann (2010-09-13). "dominique-raccah-niche-publishers". Chicago Tribune.
  8. ^ a b "At Sourcebooks, Diversification Drives Gains".
  9. ^ "Sourcebook". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012.
  10. ^ "Sourcebooks Adds New Favorites to Put Me In The Story Platform". 18 April 2013.
  11. ^ Greenfield, Jeremy (2013-11-04). "Personalization In Publishing: Books Written Just For You". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  12. ^ a b "Dominique Raccah: PW Person of the Year, 2016".
  13. ^ "Sourcebooks Acquires Simple Truths".
  14. ^ "Ranking America's Largest Publishers".
  15. ^ "Poisoned Pen Press Will Become Sourcebooks' Mystery Imprint". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2019-01-01.

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