Salem Press

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Salem Press
Parent company EBSCO Publishing
Founded 1949
Founder Frank N. Magill
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Ipswich, Massachusetts
Publication types Books, Databases
Imprints Magill’s Choice
Official website salempress.com

Salem Press is a publisher of reference works on literature, history and biography, the social sciences, and science. Salem Press publishes comprehensive, multivolume sets under its Salem Press imprint, and smaller, condensed titles under its Magill’s Choice imprint. Products include traditional print products, e-books, and online databases designed for use at public, school, and college and university libraries.

Company history[edit]

The company was founded in 1949 by Frank N. Magill. What began as a one-book publishing philosophy grew to become the foundation for a growing list of reference works commonly known as Magill Books. Magill became publisher and editor-in-chief of Salem Press, which he continued to pursue actively until his death in 1997.

Salem Press was first located on Fifth Avenue in New York City, directly across the street from the New York Public Library. Between 1952 and 1975, Salem Press had an agreement with publisher Harper & Row, and together they published eleven reference titles (Harper & Row in a trade reference edition, Salem Press simultaneously in a library edition).

In 1975, Salem Press moved from New York City, to Englewood Cliffs, before settling in Hackensack New Jersey. Not long thereafter, Magill established Salem's editorial office in Pasadena, California, and went on to develop a full line of reference resources.

EBSCO Publishing purchased Salem Press in 2009. For the next two and a half years, the editorial offices in Pasadena continued to produce content. Salem Press retained its own sales and marketing departments in Hackensack until the Fall of 2012.

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