|Parent company||New Left Review|
|Founded||1970(as New Left Books)|
|Distribution||Penguin Random House (U.S.)|
Marston Book Services (UK)
Bloomsbury Publishing (Australia)
Verso Books (formerly New Left Books) is a publishing house based in London and New York City, founded in 1970 by the staff of New Left Review.
Verso Books was originally known as New Left Books. The name "Verso" refers to the technical term for the left-hand page in a book (see recto and verso), and is a play on words regarding its political outlook and also reminds of the vice versa - "the other way around".
The publisher gained early recognition for translations of books by European thinkers, especially those from the Frankfurt School.
Verso Books titles are distributed in the United States by Random House.
On April 8, 2014 Verso began bundling DRM-free e-books with print purchases made through its website. Verso's managing director Jacob Stevens stated that he expected the new offer on the Verso website to contribute £200,000 to the publisher's revenue in its first year helping to "shake up how publishers relate to their readership, and help to support independent publishing".
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