Zed Books

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Zed Books
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Founded1976; 46 years ago (1976)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon, SE11
DistributionNBN International (most of world)
Chicago Distribution Center (Americas)[1]
Publication typesBooks
Nonfiction topicsPolitics, economics, gender studies, development studies, environment
Official websitewww.zedbooks.net

Zed Books is an independent non-fiction publishing company based in London, UK. It was founded in 1977 under the name Zed Press by Roger van Zwanenberg.[2]

Zed publishes books for an international audience of both general and academic readers, covering areas such as politics and global current affairs, economics, gender studies and sexualities, development studies and the environment.

Zed today[edit]

Zed Books' business model and structure are unique to the publishing industry.[3] It is the world's largest English-language publishing collective. The company is owned and managed as a non-hierarchical co-operative by its workers, without any shareholders. It publishes around 70 books per year, providing many to the academic market and to university courses.[4]

In 2019, Zed received the Independent Publishers Guild Alison Morrison Diversity Award.[5]

In March 2020, it was announced that "certain assets of Zed Books Limited" had been acquired by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.[6] and that Zed would operate within Bloomsbury's Academic & Professional division as "a good strategic fit with Bloomsbury's existing publishing lists".[7]


Zed's authors include Nawal El Saadawi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Assata Shakur,[8] Yanis Varoufakis, Vandana Shiva, Maggie Nelson, Ece Temelkuran[9] and Paul French, as well as hundreds of internationally respected journalists and academics.


  1. ^ Sales representation and distribution
  2. ^ "Roger van Zwanenberg". www.dofdifference.org. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  3. ^ Bridle, James (22 March 2015). "When Yanis Varoufakis stepped up, so did Zed Books…". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Zed Books Celebrates 25 Years of International Publishing. (Books). - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  5. ^ "The winners of the 2019 IPG Independent Publishing Awards". IPG. IPG. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  6. ^ Biswas, Vidisha (21 March 2020). "Bloomsbury Acquires Zed Books' Assets". Zed Blog.
  7. ^ Cowdrey, Katherine (20 March 2020). "Zed list moves to Bloomsbury". The Bookseller. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  8. ^ Adewunmi, Bim (13 July 2014). "Assata Shakur: from civil rights activist to FBI's most-wanted". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  9. ^ Hern, Alex (13 May 2016). "Publisher's Facebook page deleted after posting criticism of Turkish government". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 14 September 2016.

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