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The Shoe String Press, Inc.

One of the older privately owned independent publishers in the country, The Shoe String Press has undergone many transformations in its more than 50 years of existence. The Shoe String Press was founded in 1952 by an associate librarian at Yale University and his wife. They began reprinting scholarly books for academic libraries to help fill the gaps in collections that existed in large part due to the dearth of publishing during World War II. They were so successful that, in partnership with a rare book librarian, they incorporated the Press in 1958. Throughout the sixties, Shoe String was a major reprint house but began publishing its own titles as well, in the humanities and reference, and in library science. In the seventies, the company had expanded from the college into the public library market, and in 1980 a new family of owners took over. Under their leadership, the Press inaugurated a library imprint, and began to publish children's books under the Linnet Books imprint. No longer a reprint house, Shoe String was known for its serious and scholarly original titles in the humanities and military studies and its celebrated literary reference series under the Archon Books imprint. By the early nineties, the Press was increasingly child- and education-oriented. Today it seeks to publish books that give young readers a rich and satisfying context for understanding the world around them: books that will help kids make sense of things without telling them what to think. To the adults who work with children -- teachers, librarians, youth group leaders, camp counselors -- the Press tries to give great content with user-friendly appeal, written by experienced (in the trenches) practitioners, who have high standards and who do not take the easy way out. We recognize that the professionals who use our books are likely to be stretched thin: if they can find in Linnet Professional Publications new ideas and ways of doing things that will work, then we are doing our job.

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Main Address: 2 Linsley Street
North Haven CT 06473-2517 USA
Phone: 203/239-2702
Fax: 203/239-2568
Updated 1/21/2007

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