- Berkley Books
Berkley Books is a
paperback imprintof 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 fictionworks. They were bought out in 1965 by G. P. Putnam's Sonsand 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:
* [http://us.penguingroup.com/static/html/aboutus/adult/berkley.html History of Berkley Books on the Penguin Group (USA) website]
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