Sterling Publishing

Sterling Publishing
Parent company Barnes & Noble
Founded 1949
Founder David Alfred Boehm
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location New York City
Key people Theresa Thompson (Executive Vice President)
Publication types Books
Number of employees 280
Official website

Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. is a publisher of a broad range of subject areas, with multiple imprints and more than 5,000 books in print. Founded in 1949,[1] Sterling also publishes books for a number of brands, including AARP, Hasbro, Hearst Magazines, and USA TODAY, as well as serves as the North American distributor for domestic and international publishers including: Anova, Boxer Books, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Carlton Books, Duncan Baird, Guild of Master Craftsmen, the Orion Publishing Group, and Sixth & Spring Books.[2] Sterling also owns and operates two verticals, Lark Crafts and Pixiq.

Sterling Publishing is a wholly owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, who acquired it in 2003. On January 5, 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported that Barnes & Noble had put its Sterling Publishing business up for sale.[3] Negotiations failed to produce a buyer, however, and Sterling is reportedly no longer for sale as of March, 2012.[4]

Notable authors

Examples of Sterling's authors include Colleen Houck Paul McKenna, Richard Scarry, Barton Seaver, Paul Sloane, Peter Yarrow, and Kevin Zraly.


Sterling Publishing covers a broad range of subject areas, including art and artists, autobiography and biography, body/mind/spirit, crafts, culinary, current events, diet and health, -do-it-yourself, gardening, gifts, history, holiday, juvenile, lifestyle, music, non-fiction, parenting, photography, popular culture, puzzles & games, reference, science & nature, sports, and travel, among others, and releases titles under the following imprints:[5]


  1. "Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.: Private Company Information". Businessweek investing. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  2. "Distribution and Imprints List". Sterling Publishing. Retrieved December 17, 2009.
  3. "Video - A Video History of Every Book Ever Written -". The Wall Street Journal. New York: Dow Jones. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  4. "Sterling Off the Block as B&N Weighs Future of Nook Biz". Publishers Weekly. Mar 2, 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  5. "Distribution and Imprints List". Sterling Publishing. Retrieved December 17, 2009.
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