Verso Books

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Verso Books
Parent company New Left Review
Founded 1970
Headquarters location
Distribution W. W. Norton & Company (U.S.)
Publication types Books
Official website

Verso Books (formerly New Left Books) is a publishing house based in London and New York City, founded in 1970 by the staff of New Left Review.

MSNBC describes Verso as a "radical left-wing" publishing house.[1]


Verso Books was originally known as New Left Books. The name was changed in 2008. The name "Verso" refers to the technical term for the left-hand page in a book (see Recto and verso), and is a play on words regarding its political outlook and also reminds of the vice versa - "the other way around".

The new logo of the company shows a big red "V" with bolded left arm that also could be readed like a double V (one big and one smaller), and on the twitter of the Publisher the huge V-logo is even tripled in the background.[2]

History and details[edit]

The publisher gained early recognition for translations of books by European thinkers, especially those from the Frankfurt School.

Verso Books' best-selling title is the autobiography of Rigoberta Menchú, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992.[3]

Verso Books titles are distributed in the United States by Random House.

On April 8th 2014 Verso began bundling DRM-free e-books with all print purchases made through its website. Verso's managing director Jacob Stevens stated that he expected the new offer on the Verso website to contribute £200,000 to the publisher's revenue in its first year helping to "shake up how publishers relate to their readership, and help to support independent publishing".[4]


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