Corporate Overview

Simon & Schuster Overview

  • Simon & Schuster was founded in 1924 by Richard L. Simon and M. Lincoln Schuster.
  • Since December 2019, Simon & Schuster has been part of ViacomCBS 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 Books, Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Threshold Editions, Free Press, Avid Reader Press, Adams Media, Tiller Press, Scout Press and Howard Books.
  • Major children’s imprints include Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Aladdin, Little Simon, Beach Lane Books, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Paula Wiseman Books, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, Denene Millner Books, Salaam Reads and Simon Spotlight.
  • In 2020, Simon & Schuster announced the creation of Black Privilege Publishing, part of Atria Publishing Group, a timely new imprint from noted radio personality and Atria Author Charlamagne Tha God, 2020 also saw the return of MTV Books.
  • Simon & Schuster publishes more than 2000 titles annually.
  • Simon & Schuster has approximately 1500 employees and can distribute its titles in physical and digital editions in more than 100 countries and territories around the world.
  • Simon & Schuster has publishing and distribution capabilities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and India, as well as an international sales presence in every major market.
  • In 2020 Simon & Schuster imprints had a total of 226 New York Times bestsellers, including 27 #1 bestsellers. Major bestsellers in the year included Too Much and Never Enough by Mary Trump, The Room Where It Happened by John Bolton, Rage by Bob Woodward, If It Bleeds by Stephen King, Anxious People by Fredrik Backman, Fortune and Glory by Janet Evanovich, Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman, Countdown 1945 by Chris Wallace, The Answer Is… by Alex Trebek, Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld, Live Free or Die by Sean Hannity, Blackout by Candace Owens and Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty.
  • Prominent bestsellers from the Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Publishing Division in 2020 included Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare, The Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renée Russell, The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed, These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.
  • Simon & Schuster books are frequent winners and finalists for some of the world’s most prestigious awards. Award recipients and finalists in recent years include; Frederick Douglass by David Blight (Pulitzer Prize in History),
  • Fathoms by Rebecca Giggs (Andrew Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction), How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones (Kirkus Award), Stranger in the Shogun’s City by Amy Stanley (National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography) Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds (National Book Award Finalist), Me & Mama by Cozbi A. Cabrera (Caldecott Honor) and Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams (Newbery Honor)
  • In all, Simon & Schuster titles have received 57 Pulitzer Prizes, 18 National Book Awards, 13 National Book Critics Circle Awards, 6 Andrew Carnegie Medals and 9 Grammy 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 the fast-growing digital audio format, as well as compact disk. Bestselling and notable audios in 2020 included Anxious People by Fredrik Backman, Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump, Rage by Bob Woodward, The Room Where It Happened by John Bolton and Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld.
  • In 2020, Simon & Schuster continued its commitment to diversity in publishing and hiring by establishing the company’s first ever Director of Workplace Culture and Diversity Initiatives and Vice President, Director of Multicultural Marketing.
  • Simon & Schuster has one of the industries most respected distribution programs, serving over 100 clients in genres as diverse as graphic novels to poetry.
  • The Audio Division’s Pimsleur Language Program, one of the fastest growing language education series in the world was recently named “The best overall language-learning program” by New York magazine.
  • Simonandschuster.com and related web properties receive a combined total of approximately 1.5 million unique visitors monthly and serve 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 operates numerous popular direct to consumer content verticals including Off the Shelf, History in Fiveand Riveted by Simon Teen which each bring timely and relevant book recommendations to a devoted fan base of readers.
  • Simon & Schuster author videos accumulated 16M views in 2020 and can be seen on 5 YouTube channels and numerous social platforms.
  • Simon & Schuster also operates dedicated resource sites for librarians and academics (www.simonandschuster.net) and booksellers and media (www.about.simonandschuster.biz)
  • Simon & Schuster publishes some of the most recognizable brands in the world of entertainment, including Gallery Books/Pocket Books’ Star Trek® publishing program, one of the most successful series in publishing history, and which recently launched a new series in conjunction with the new Paramount + series Star Trek: Picard.
  • The company enjoys a close relationship with parent company ViacomCBS, who has adapted Simon & Schuster works such as the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series and the Nancy Drew series. Simon & Schuster also publishes books based on ViacomCBS properties such as the bestselling Five Feet Apart and novels featured in the popular TV Land series Younger.
  • Simon & Schuster is the home of numerous successful brand-based publishing for young readers including Peanuts, PJ Masks, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.