New World Library

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New World Library
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FounderMarc Allen and Shakti Gawain
Headquarters locationNovato, California
DistributionPublishers Group West (US)
Publishers Group UK (UK)[1]
Publication typesBooks

New World Library is a San Francisco Bay Area-based American publisher of books for adults and children. The press focuses on publishing books concerning the mind, the body and the spirit.

The company was established in 1977 by authors Marc Allen and Shakti Gawain under the name Whatever Publishing. Total sales in 1977 were $800.[2]

The fledgling firm's first three books were written by Marc Allen; the fourth book they published, Shakti Gawain's Creative Visualization, released in December 1978, became an international bestseller, under the guidance of Sky Canyon (aka Jon Bernoff), who was President and Publisher from 1979 through 1986, selling over 3 million copies in North America to date, and another 3 million copies worldwide. The success of Shakti's book launched the new company as a source of books for the creative and New Age communities.

The company's name changed from Whatever Publishing to New World Library in the mid-1980. New World Library is located in Novato, California and has 18 employees.

In 2000, New World Library entered into a joint venture with H J Kramer, the publisher of Dan Millman, Sanaya Roman, and John Robbins's seminal Diet for a New America.

In 2001, New World Library began publishing the works of Joseph Campbell. As of 2019, there are 18 books in the series, including a revised edition of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which has sold over half a million copies.

In 2007, New World Library acquired Inner Ocean Publishing, involving the purchase of 45 titles, including books by MoveOn, Jean Houston, and Barbara Marciniak.

New World Library has worked with distributor Publishers Group West (PGW) since 1978 which makes it PGW's oldest distribution client.[3]


New World Library publishes books in subjects such as animals, business, Celtic studies, children's books, current affairs, health, literature and writing, mythology, Native American studies, personal growth, photography, psychology, relationships, religion, Spanish language, women's studies and yoga. It has published a number of bestselling titles, including The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (a New York Times bestseller for 100 weeks), The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra, Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman (through its H J Kramer imprint) and the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series, including the acclaimed 2008 edition of Campbell's classic The Hero with a Thousand Faces.


In 2014, the company partnered with Eckhart Tolle to create Eckhart Tolle Editions, an imprint consisting of books identified by Tolle.[4] In 2015, the imprint released as its first titles The Calm Center by Steve Taylor and Parenting with Presence by Susan Stiffelman.


  1. ^ PGUK - Publishers
  2. ^ "Wednesday, September 20, 2017: Dedicated Issue: New World Library". Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  3. ^ "Wednesday, September 20, 2017: Dedicated Issue: New World Library". Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  4. ^ "Eckhart Tolle Launches Imprint with New World Library". Retrieved 2016-06-02.

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