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NEW VERSO BOOKS WEBSITE

ANGLO-AMERICA’S PREEMINENT RADICAL PRESS KICKS OFF 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS WITH THE LAUNCH OF PUBLISHING’S MOST INNOVATIVE WEBSITE
40th anniversary celebrations begin for Verso Books this week with the unveiling of a new website—one that at long last brings the largest independent, radical publishing house firmly into the twenty-first century: http://www.versobooks.com/

To the delight of Verso’s many fans, the new site—which has a fluid homepage able to completely shift in appearance day to day—not only beautifully showcases books and authors but is also home to the Verso Blog as well as discussion forums where users can start and engage in discussions about Verso’s books. The Blog is fully syndicated to both Book and Author pages—something never before done on a publisher’s website.

So excited is Verso at its sudden new online presence that the site’s launch is accompanied by a series of flash ads across outlets key to Verso’s audience such as the Nation, Bookforum, the New York Review of Books, Guernica, the Indypendent and the London Review of Books. The ads highlight 40th anniversary publications such as The Verso Book of Dissent and Tariq Ali’s The Obama Syndrome. Other 40th year titles include André Schiffrin’s Words and Money and Slavoj Žižek’s Living in the End Times.

Verso Books, launched by the New Left Review in 1970, now has offices in London and New York and publishes 80 books a year, adding steadily to its 40 year backlist—the entirety of which will be added to the new website by end 2011. Distributed in the US by W.W. Norton, Verso’s sales grew 23% during 2009 to reach $4m worldwide, and sales so far this year are growing at an even faster rate. It appears the time is ripe for radical presses …

For those wanting to join in the 40th celebrations, Verso is throwing a party this Friday September 24th in the courtyard of The Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn where Verso staff will be joined by authors, publishing colleagues, and fans young and old: http://www.versobooks.com/events/2-v40-a-party-to-celebrate-forty-years-of-radical-publishing

For more information call: 718-246-8160

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