Rowman & Littlefield has added to its roster of relationships with Washington, D.C.-based think tanks, striking a new co-publishing deal with The Brookings Institution. Under the partnership, effective August 1, Brookings will continue to oversee acquisitions and editorial review of Brookings Institute Press titles, while Rowman & Littlefield will produce, distribute, sell, and market BIP’s books.
Brookings interim president Amy Liu said that by partnering with Rowman & Littlefield, “the Brookings Institution Press and its authors will benefit from the scale, resources, and expertise of a publishing industry leader to build on its history and expand its impact in an evolving publishing landscape.” Liu added: “We’re looking forward to working with a local publisher who is well versed in policy scholarship with a vision for a responsive and collaborative relationship.”
Under the arrangement, R&L, based in Lanham, Md., will immediately start to collaborate with BIP on production, publicity, marketing, and related functions. It will take over responsibility for distribution and sales for frontlist and backlist titles in November, when the press’s current distribution agreement ends.
BIP, which has a backlist of almost 1,300 titles, publishes over 30 titles annually and is paticularly known for its list of political science titles, although it publishes titles across a range of disciplines by Brookings members as well as outside authors.
The first titles to be published under the new partnership will be the forthcoming Power Politics: Trump and the Assault on American Democracy by Darrell M. West; Divided We Fall by Alice M. Rivlin, Sheri Rivlin, and Allan Rivlin; The Party Leads All: The Evolving Role of the Chinese Communist Party edited by Jacques deLisle and Guobin Yang; and Hyperlocal: Place Governance in a Fragmented World edited by Jennifer S. Vey and Nate Storring.
R&L already works with several other DC-area think tanks, from both sides of the political aisle, including Center for Strategic and International Studies, Freedom House, AEI Press, Urban Institute Press, and Shorenstein Center.
“The Brookings Institution Press is known for its high-quality, timely books, and this partnership is a natural fit. We look forward to leveraging our resources and expertise to co-publish and promote this outstanding list,: said R&L publisher Julie Kirsch in a statement.