DAW Books

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DAW Books
DAW Books Logo.jpg
Founded1971; 47 years ago (1971)
FounderDonald A. Wollheim
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City, New York
DistributionPenguin Group/PRH
Key peopleElizabeth R. Wollheim
Sheila E. Gilbert
Publication typesBooks
Fiction genresScience fiction, fantasy
Official websitedawbooks.com

DAW Books is an American science fiction and fantasy publisher, founded by Donald A. Wollheim following his departure from Ace Books in 1971. The company claims to be "the first publishing company ever devoted exclusively to science fiction and fantasy."[citation needed] The first DAW Book published was the 1972 short story collection Spell of the Witch World, by Andre Norton.[citation needed]

In its early years under the leadership of Wollheim and his wife Elsie, DAW gained a reputation of publishing popular, though not always critically acclaimed, works of science fiction and fantasy. Nevertheless, in the 1970s the company published numerous books by award-winning authors such as Marion Zimmer Bradley, Fritz Leiber, Edward Llewellyn, Jerry Pournelle, Roger Zelazny, and many others. In 1982, C. J. Cherryh's Downbelow Station was the first DAW book to win the Hugo Award for best novel, gaining the publishing house increased respect within the industry.[citation needed]

Until June 1984, all DAW books were characterized by yellow spines, and a prominent yellow cover box containing the company's logo as well as a chronological publication number. When the design was changed, the chronological number was retained, but moved to the copyright page and renamed the DAW Collectors' Book Number.[citation needed]

As of October 2010, the company had published more than 1,500 titles during its 38-year history.[citation needed]Although it has a distribution relationship with Penguin Group and is headquartered in Penguin USA's offices, DAW is editorially independent and closely held by its current publishers, Betsy Wollheim (Donald's daughter) and Sheila E. Gilbert.[1][2] The company's offices are in New York City.


A number of paperback books published by DAW
  1. ^ Lassen, Jeremy (July 26, 2003). "A View From Corona #12". Night Shade Books. Archived from the original on 9 April 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Locus Online: Betsy Wollheim interview excerpts". Locus. June 2006. Retrieved 2017-12-06.

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