Our Story | RosettaBooks® The Leading Independent eBook Publisher

RosettaBooks is the leading independent eBook publisher, annually selling over 1,000,000 eBooks worldwide.

The company launched in 2001 initially with a list of 100 preeminent backlist titles. Headquartered in New York City, today the company’s 500-plus title list includes leading back and frontlist titles, original short eBook lines and original digital-only titles across a broad array of publishing categories in fiction and nonfiction.

RosettaBooks’ leading titles include Slaughterhouse-Five and 18 other titles by Kurt Vonnegut, Childhood’s End and 30 other titles by Arthur C. Clarke, the complete works of Winston Churchill, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer, a series of current consumer reference titles by Mayo Clinic, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey and many more.




Company releases its first 100 titles; Random House sues claiming ownership of all digital rights from the inception of copyright. Federal judge refuses Random House request for injunction. Court of Appeals unanimously upholds District Judge refusal to grant Random House an injunction. Company and Random House settle litigation on terms favorable to Company.

Company demonstrates first combination eBook and audiobook at the Consumer Electronics Show (1984 by George Orwell read by Michael York). Company demonstrates with Adobe an eBook which “disappears” using And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Allen & Company co invests with founders. Company strikes first deal of its type to load The Graduate by Charles Webb on Palm devices. Company provides lead titles to Microsoft promotion; Dr. Strangelove (Red Alert) sets download record.

Company licenses 50 titles from Random House, including works by Douglas Adams, Margaret Atwood, Bill Bryson, John Cheever, Pat Conroy, P. D. James, Ian McEwan, James Michener, Toni Morrison, John Updike and Gore Vidal.


Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy hits # 1 on industry bestseller lists.


Company CEO Arthur Klebanoff advises Sony on launch of Sony Reader.


Company signs The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey and makes international news with an exclusive Kindle promotion.

Company announces highest standard industry royalty structure – 50 percent of net receipts to 2,500 copies and 60 percent thereafter for backlist books and 70 percent of net receipts for original material. Royalty pay out exceeds $250,000. Title portfolio passes 250 titles.

Company becomes a significant provider of titles to major site merchandising programs including the Kindle Daily Deal. Company is one of the first publishers to join the Kindle Lending Library. Royalty pay out exceeds $1,000,000.

Company signs the complete works of Winston Churchill for worldwide English language distribution. Royalty pay out exceeds $2,000,000. Year after year the company experienced revenue growth. Between 2011 and 2012, the industry grew 34 percent and RosettaBooks grew over triple that rate.


Company named to the Inc. Magazine 2013 500/5000 List, the annual ranking of the nation’s fastest rising private companies. Breaking into the top 500 at #280, RosettaBooks is the only book or ebook publisher to make the 2013 Inc. 500/5000 and ranks #4 among the top 100 media companies on the list, #19 out of the top 100 New York firms noted, and #24 among companies in the New York City Metro area.