Berkley Books

Berkley Books

Berkley Books is a paperback imprint of Penguin Group (USA) that began as an independent company in 1955. It was established by Charles Byrne and Frederic Klein, who were working for Avon and formed "Chic News Company". They renamed it Berkley Publishing Co. in 1955. They soon found a niche in science fiction works. They were bought out in 1965 by G. P. Putnam's Sons and became their paperback publisher.

In 1982, Putnam bought Grosset & Dunlap and Playboy Press, and the Ace and Playboy paperback lists were added to Berkley. The Playboy list was eventually absorbed into Berkley, while the Jove and Ace lists have continued as distinct imprints.

Today, Berkley is part of the Penguin Group USA.

Its major authors have included:

* Nora Roberts
* Tom Clancy
* Dean Koontz
* Clive Cussler
* Patricia Cornwell
* Frank Herbert
* Chris Kuzneski

External links

* [ History of Berkley Books on the Penguin Group (USA) website]

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