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.
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 Books' business model and structure are unique to the publishing industry. 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 shareholder
s. It publishes around 70 books per year, providing many to the academic market and to university courses.
In 2019, Zed received the Independent Publishers Guild
Alison Morrison Diversity Award.
In March 2020, it was announced that "certain assets of Zed Books Limited" had been acquired by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
. and that Zed would operate within Bloomsbury's Academic & Professional division as "a good strategic fit with Bloomsbury's existing publishing lists".
Zed's authors include Nawal El Saadawi
, Eleanor Roosevelt
, Assata Shakur
, Yanis Varoufakis
, Vandana Shiva
, Maggie Nelson
, Ece Temelkuran
and Paul French
, as well as hundreds of internationally respected journalists and academics.
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