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Status Active
Founded 1987
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Naperville, Illinois
Distribution LSC Communications (US fulfillment)[1]
Raincoast Books (Canada)
Melia Publishing Services (UK)
New South Books (Australia)[2]
Bookreps NZ (New Zealand)[3]
Key people Dominique Raccah
Publication types Books
Official website

Sourcebooks, Inc., is a book publisher located in Naperville, Illinois, in the western suburbs of Chicago. The company publishes books, ebooks, and digital products in most consumer categories, including adult fiction, adult nonfiction (including college guides, memoir, history, gift books, and reference books), children's books, young adult, and romance fiction. Its imprints include:

  • Sourcebooks (adult nonfiction)
  • Sourcebooks Landmark (fiction)
  • Sourcebooks Casablanca (romance fiction)
  • Cumberland House (gift, cookbooks, and history)
  • Simple Truths (business, leadership, motivation, and inspiration)
  • Sourcebooks Fire (young adult)
  • Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (children's books)


The company was founded in 1987 by Dominique Raccah as a business and finance publisher. Raccah cashed in $17,000 from her retirement fund to start the press.[4] It has expanded into most categories of trade publishing.[5] In 2011 it was publishing more than 300 books and calendars a year, had 75 employees, and was focusing on innovation within the digital transformation of the book industry.[6] By 2015, the publisher had reached 120 employees spread across a diverse list of adult, children's, and young adult books, in addition to its rapidly expanding e-commerce businesses.[7] Noted as the largest woman-owned trade book publisher in the United States, the publisher is also creating mobile apps and several websites on behalf of authors, licenses, and brands.[8]

In 2013, the publisher launched a personalized book engine with its Put Me In The Story application and website and has added brands such as Sesame Street, the Berenstain Bears, and Hello Kitty, in addition to authors and illustrators such as Nancy Tillman.[9][10] Later additions to Put Me In The Story included Curious George and characters from Disney and Nickelodeon, among others.[11] In 2013, it acquired motivational and inspirational book publisher Simple Truths, which specializes in direct-to-consumer publishing.[12]

The company cited a 20% gain in sales in 2014, with some of that gain coming from its own sales channels with Put Me In The Story and Simple Truths. In addition to strength with its adult fiction, romance, and nonfiction imprints, it reported its Sourcebooks Jabberwocky children's imprint and young adult imprint Sourcebooks Fire both up sharply. Those results included more than two million books sold for picture book author Marianne Richmond and YA author Natasha Preston nearing 100,000 copies sold. Preston and fellow YA writer Ali Novak gained commercial success with Sourcebooks Fire after starting their writing careers with the Wattpad online social writing community.[7]

In December 2016, Sourcebooks CEO and founder Dominique Raccah was named book publishing's "Person of the Year" by book publishing trade magazine Publishers Weekly.[11] Publishers Weekly cited Raccah for having been named Book Industry Study Group (BISG) Innovator of the Year and the company for receiving the Rising Star award from major wholesaler Readerlink Distribution Services. In February 2017, Publishers Weekly reported NPD BookScan data showing Sourcebooks as the 10th largest trade publisher in America. [13]


  1. ^ "Contact Us". Sourcebooks. Retrieved 2018-02-12. 
  2. ^ "International Customers". Sourcebooks. Retrieved 2018-02-12. 
  3. ^ "Distribution Partners". Retrieved 2018-02-12. 
  4. ^ "Sourcebooks Raccah Charges Into Digital Age with eBook Publishing". 
  5. ^ "About Sourcebooks -". 
  6. ^ Meyer, Ann (2010-09-13). "dominique-raccah-niche-publishers". Chicago Tribune. 
  7. ^ a b "At Sourcebooks, Diversification Drives Gains". 
  8. ^ "Sourcebook". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Sourcebooks Adds New Favorites to Put Me In The Story Platform". 18 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Greenfield, Jeremy (2013-11-04). "Personalization In Publishing: Books Written Just For You". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-11-09. 
  11. ^ a b "Dominique Raccah: PW Person of the Year, 2016". 
  12. ^ "Sourcebooks Acquires Simple Truths". 
  13. ^ "Ranking America's Largest Publishers". 

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