Ronin Publishing

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For the role-playing game book publisher, see Green Ronin Publishing

Ronin Publishing, Inc. is a small press in Berkeley, California, founded in 1983 and incorporated in 1985, which publishes books as tools for personal development, visionary alternatives, and expanded consciousness. In a 1996 Publishers Weekley profile, it describes itself as a "strong player in the hemp and psychedelia market" that has little competition from major publishers.[1] Ronin's catalog includes the Leary Library,[2][3] The Lilly Library, Life Skills with Attitude!, The Fringe Series,[4] The Entheo-Spirituality Series, and various books on Psychedelia. They have been subpoened by the Drug Enforcement Administration to provide names and addresses for people having purchased their books on marijuana horticulture.[5][6][7] A number of their books are reprints of out-of-print works from the 1960s and 1970s on the psychedelic experience and related subjects.

Ronin republished the Discordian religious text Principia Discordia with altered text and a new name, so as to allow them to copyright the work. This action offended many fans of the work.[8]

Leary library[edit]

The Leary library includes the following books by Timothy Leary:

  • The Politics of Ecstasy
  • High Priest
  • Chaos & CyberCulture[9] (Leary's last published work before his death)[10]
  • Turn On Tune In Drop Out (1999) ISBN 1579510094
  • Psychedelic Prayers
  • Politics of Self-Determination
  • Your Brain is God
  • Politics of PsychoPharmacology
  • Change Your Brain
  • Start Your Own Religion
  • Evolutionary Agents
  • Musings on Human Metamorphoses (2003) ISBN 1579510582
  • The Fugitive Philosopher

Other books[edit]


  1. ^ "The next generation." Publishers Weekly 18 Nov. 1996: 36. Literature Resource Center. Web. 29 Sep. 2012.
  2. ^ Laura Mansnerus (November 26, 1995). "Conversations/Timothy Leary;At Death's Door, the Message Is Tune In, Turn On, Drop In - New York Times". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  3. ^ Farmanfarmaian, Roxane. "For publishers, Leary lives on." Publishers Weekly 5 May 1997: 26. Academic OneFile. Web. 29 Sep. 2012.
  4. ^ "Beyond the Fringe." Publishers Weekly 14 Aug. 2000: 285. Academic OneFile. Web. 29 Sep. 2012.
  5. ^ "Marijuana Book Buyers Sought". Lodi News-Sentinel. Oct 29, 1997. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Feds Waiting for Marijuana Book Info". The Sunday Courier (Phoenix, United States). Nov 11, 1997. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ "DEA SUBPOENAS OUT OF LINE.(Editorial)". Seattle Post-Intelligencer  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 31 October 1997. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Hogan, Ron (2006-11-06). "Free Radical Book Now Under Copyright - GalleyCat". Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  9. ^ Yoshitake, Dawn (3 June 1996). "LEARY LEAVES TECHNICAL LEGACY". Daily News  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Timothy Leary, Pied Piper Of Psychedelic 60's, Dies at 75". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 

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