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Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Type Subsidiary of Barnes & Noble
Founded 1949
Founder(s) David Alfred Boehm
Headquarters Flag of the United States.svg New York City, USA
Key people Marcus Leaver (President)
Jason Prince (Publisher)
Industry Books, Publishing
Products Books
Employees 280

Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. is a publisher of nonfiction titles, with more than 5,000 books in print. Founded in 1949, it publishes a wide range of nonfiction and illustrated titles in categories which include art, biography/autobiography, body/mind/spirit, crafts, culinary, do-it-yourself, gardening, gift, history, holiday, juvenile, lifestyle, literature, photography, puzzles & games, reference, science & nature, sports, and travel. Sterling also publishes books for a number of brands, including AARP, Hasbro, USA TODAY and Hearst Magazines.

Sterling's Lark Books imprint creates books on subjects such as crafts, photography, cuisine, decorating, outdoor living.

Sterling serves as the North American distributor for domestic and international publishers including: Duncan Baird, Boxer Books, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Anova, Guild of Master Craftsmen, Sixth & Spring Books, Carlton Books, and the Orion Publishing Group.[1]

Sterling's authors include Peter Yarrow, Kevin Zraly, Paul McKenna, Abigail Thomas, Vickie Howell, and Richard Scarry.

Sterling Publishing is a wholly owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, who acquired it in 2003.


Sterling Publishing releases titles under the following imprints:[2]

  • Sterling covers a broad range of subject areas, including: current events, diet and health, parenting, popular culture, reference, history, art and artists, music, among others.
  • Sterling Children's publishes both fiction and non-fiction, including classics, picture books, joke books, and novelty formats as well as books for babies and toddlers.
  • Sterling Ethos releases titles in the areas of wellness, personal growth, intuitive knowledge, self-discovery, and healing.
  • Sterling Innovation creates books in alternative formats and packaging, as well as humor titles.
  • Lark Crafts covers crafting, needle arts, home decorating, woodworking, cooking, outdoor living, for all skill levels.
  • Lark Photography publishes photography books and camera specific guides, including the long running series, Magic Lantern Guides.
  • Hearst Books releases lifestyle titles with content from and under the brand names of Hearst magazines. Magazine brands include: Chapman, Cosmopolitan, Country Living, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Harper's Bazaar, House Beautiful, Marie Claire, Popular Mechanics, Redbook, Seventeen, and Town & Country.
  • Puzzlewright Press creates puzzle and game titles covering sodoku, crosswords, chess, kakuro, wordoku, mazes, logic puzzles, cryptograms, casino games, card games, and magic tricks.
  • Union Square Press covers newsworthy, historical, and narrative non-fiction books.
  • ecosystem is an assortment of hardcover and flexicover journals, planners, and notebooks. Each is 100% made in the United States out of 100% post consumer waste paper.
  • Sterling Epicure publishes food and wine titles with upscale packaging and a focus on lifestyle.
  • Sandy Creek develops value priced fiction and nonfiction titles for ages 0 to 14 in multiple formats, including activity books, picture books, and encyclopedias.
  • Fall River Press offers titles on a variety of subjects, including history, light reference, classic and genre fiction, and humor, as well as kits and former nonfiction best sellers.
  • Metro Books releases highly illustrated titles in multiple categories, including art, history, travel, cooking, entertainment and kits.
  • Quamut creates researched and fact-checked how-to guides.
  • Flashkids is a collection of workbooks and flash cards for preschool, elementary, and middle school students in core curriculum areas such as reading, math, writing, and test preparation.
  • Silver Lining produces desk and wall calenders with images of travel destinations, fine art, animals, nature, among others. Calendars are made with 100% recycled paper using soy-based inks.


  1. ^ Sterling Publishing's distribution and imprints list, Accessed December 17, 2009
  2. ^ Sterling Publishing's imprint list, from Accessed December 17, 2009.

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