Sterling Publishing

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Sterling Publishing
Parent companyBarnes & Noble
StatusRebranded as Union Square & Co. in 2022
FounderDavid Alfred Boehm
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City
Publication typesBooks
No. of employees280

Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. is a publisher of a broad range of subject areas, with multiple imprints and more than 5,000 titles in print. Founded in 1949 by David A. Boehm,[1] Sterling also publishes books for a number of brands, including AARP, Hasbro, Hearst Magazines, and USA TODAY, as well as serves as the North American distributor for domestic and international publishers including: Anova, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Carlton Books, Duncan Baird, Guild of Master Craftsmen, the Orion Publishing Group, and Sixth & Spring Books.[2] Sterling also owns and operates two verticals[clarification needed], Lark Crafts and Pixiq.

Sterling Publishing is a wholly owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, which acquired it in 2003. On January 5, 2012, The Wall Street Journal reported that Barnes & Noble had put its Sterling Publishing business up for sale.[3] Negotiations failed to produce a buyer, however, and Sterling is reportedly no longer for sale as of March, 2012.[4]

In January 2022, Sterling rebranded as Union Square & Co.[5] In March 2022, Sterling acquired the British children's publisher Boxer Books, one of its distribution clients.[6]

Notable authors[edit]

Sterling's authors include Colleen Houck, Paul McKenna, Richard Scarry, Barton Seaver, Paul Sloane, Peter Yarrow, and Kevin Zraly.


  1. ^ "Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.: Private Company Information". Businessweek investing. Archived from the original on July 5, 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Distribution and Imprints List". Sterling Publishing. Retrieved December 17, 2009.
  3. ^ "Video - A Video History of Every Book Ever Written -". The Wall Street Journal. New York: Dow Jones. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Sterling Off the Block as B&N Weighs Future of Nook Biz". Publishers Weekly. Mar 2, 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  5. ^ Milliot |, Jim. "Barnes & Noble Unveils Union Square & Company". Retrieved 2022-08-08.
  6. ^ "Sterling Acquires Boxer Books".

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