Simon & Schuster Overview

  • Simon & Schuster was founded in 1924 by Richard L. Simon and M. Lincoln Schuster.
  • Since 2006, Simon & Schuster has been part of CBS Corporation.
  • Simon & Schuster is a major force in today’s consumer publishing industry, dedicated to bringing an extensive cross section of first class information and entertainment in all printed, digital and audio formats to a worldwide audience of readers.
  • Simon & Schuster consists of numerous prestigious and well known imprints, including Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria, Touchstone, Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Howard Books, Threshold Editions, Free Press, Major children’s imprints include l Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon Pulse, Aladdin, Little Simon, Beach Lane Books, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Paula Wiseman Books and Simon Spotlight.
  • Simon & Schuster publishes approximately 2000 titles annually.
  • Simon & Schuster has approximately 1300 employees and can distribute its titles in physical and digital editions in more than 200 countries and territories around the world.
  • Simon & Schuster has publishing and distribution capabilities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, as well as an international sales presence in every major market. A new international company, Simon & Schuster India, was launched in 2011.
  • In 2014 Simon & Schuster imprints placed 294 titles on the New York Times bestseller list, including 29 #1 bestsellers. Major bestsellers published in the year included All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Innovators by Walter Isaacson, I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark, Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King, Revival by Stephen King, Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins.
  • Bestsellers from Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Publishing Division in 2014 included The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, The Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renee Russell, the Rush Revere series by Rush Limbaugh.
  • Simon & Schuster books are frequent winners and finalists for some of the world’s most prestigious awards. 2014 Award recipients included Brian Floca’s Locomotive, winner of the American Library Association’s Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children; Amy Wilentz’s Farewell Fred Voodoo, winner of National Book Critics Circle Award in the autobiography category; John Kenney’s Truth In Advertising, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and Paul Yoon’s Snow Hunters winner of the 2014 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award.
  • Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See (Fiction) and John Corey Whaley’s Noggin (Young People’s Literature) were finalists for the 2014 National Book Awards
  • In 2014, eight Simon & Schuster titles were named to New York Times list of 100 “Notable Books of the Year,” including All the Light We Cannot See, which also made the NYT list of 10 Best Books of the Year and was also cited by Goodreads, Audible, Entertainment Weekly, and The Wall Street Journal in notable book round-ups.
  • In all, Simon & Schuster titles have received 55 Pulitzer Prizes, 17 National Book Awards, and 10 National Book Critics Circle Awards. Children’s publishing has garnered 15 Caldecott Medals and 19 Newbery Medals.
  • Simon & Schuster Audio is one of the original and largest audiobook publishers in the industry, with a list of high quality fiction and nonfiction from both Simon & Schuster and external publishing houses, and published in downloadable and compact disk formats. Bestselling and notable audios in 2014 included Jimmy Carter’s A CALL TO ACTION a Grammy Award finalist; ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr, AS YOU WISH by Cary Elwes and THE SHORT AND TRAGIC LIFE OF ROBERT PEACE, category winners of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014; and THE INNOVATORS by Walter Isaacson, selected by Amazon as best Audiobook of the Year
  • The Audio Division’s Pimsleur Language Program is one of the fastest growing language education series in the world. In 2012, Pimsleur launched its first online software, Pimsleur Unlimited, and also began to offer direct to consumer downloads from the site. In recent years Pimsleur has developed partnerships with the U.S.O to introduce programs in Dari and Pashto for U.S. armed forces personnel stationed or deployed to Afghanistan, and is also working with corporations, governments and municipalities to provide language services to employees.
  • In 2014 Simon & Schuster launched a number of new imprints, including Jeter Publishing with sports icon Derek Jeter that will publish books for readers of all ages, and in the field of science fiction and fantasy, Simon451 and SAGA Press.
  • Simon & Schuster has taken an industry leadership position in bringing its titles to all available ebook retailers and devices. In 2014 Simon & Schuster sold ebooks in more than 200 countries and territories, and made its backlist titles available via subscription services including Oyster and Scribd.
  • In 2014, building on a successful pilot, Simon & Schuster expanded its library ebook program to make its titles available to all public libraries nationwide. Simon & Schuster has similar library ebook programs in all the major English territories around the world
  • receives more than 1.3 million unique visitors monthly and serves as an online location where readers and fans can find easily accessible information about their favorite books and authors, including video and audio interviews, clips, news, national and local media and bookstore appearances, and engage in a community of like-minded readers.
  • Simon & Schuster also operates dedicated resource sites for librarians and academics ( and booksellers and media (
  • Through a network of partnerships with some of the largest distribution outlets on the web, Simon & Schuster author videos can be seen by millions of viewers. Partnerships include YouTube, AOL, Goodreads,, Roku and Taboola.
  • In 2014 Simon & Schuster launched a number of new “content verticals” and newsletters that aggregate content by category of interest to targeted audiences. New verticals included Scribner Magazine, a digital destination for writing and literature, and Off the Shelf, promoting backlist books for a general readership.
  • Previously launched “content verticals” include Tips On Healthy Living, Tips On Life And Love, and Tips On Career And Money, offering consumers category-specific, helpful information culled from its extensive list of nonfiction titles. Articles from the verticals are regularly syndicated on major websites including MSN and Yahoo!
  • Simon & Schuster publishes many of the strongest and most recognizable brands in the world of entertainment, including Pocket Books’ Star Trek® publishing program, the most successful series in publishing history, and MTV Books. The company also publishes books and series related to CBS Corporations properties such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
  • Simon & Schuster is the home of successful brand-based publishing for young readers including Olivia, Peanuts, and Yo Gabba Gabba .