Prometheus Books has entered a multi-year deal with Random House Publisher Services to have the publishing giant sell and distribute books it publishes, an arrangement that could greatly increase sales and the company’s profile in the publishing world.
“This is really huge news for us; it’s a big deal,” said Jill Maxick, vice president of marketing for Amherst-based Prometheus. “Not only is it completely changing a core aspect of our business, but now we have the resources of the world’s largest general-interest,
trade-book publisher at our disposal.”
Prometheus, in business for 44 years, is an independent publisher of categories including science, critical thinking, history, psychology, true crime and, more recently, science fiction and fantasy.
The company was founded in 1969 by the late Paul Kurtz, a University at Buffalo professor, philosopher and writer, who also founded the Amherst-based Center for Inquiry.
It’s important to note that this is a partnership, not a merger. Prometheus will remain independent.