University of Nebraska Press

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University of Nebraska Press
Parent company University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Founded 1941
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Lincoln, Nebraska
Distribution Longleaf Services (US)
Codasat Canada (Canada)
Combined Academic Publishers (EMEA for UNP, JPS)
Casemate (Europe for Potomac)
Eurospan Group (Asia, the Pacific)[1]
Publication types
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The University of Nebraska Press, also known as UNP, was founded in 1941 and is an academic publisher of scholarly and general-interest books. The press is under the auspices of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, the main campus of the University of Nebraska system. Since 2010, two of UNP's books have received the Bancroft Prize.


UNP publishes approximately 110 new books annually and has more than 2,500 titles in print.[2] It publishes primarily non-fiction books and academic journals, in both print and electronic editions. The press has particularly strong publishing programs in Native American studies and Western American history. UNP publishes scholarly editions of the works of Willa Cather, including the classics My Antonia and O Pioneers!. The press has also been active in reprinting classic books from various genres, including science fiction and fantasy.

In 1961 UNP launched its first trade imprint, Bison Books. In September 2011, the press entered into a collaborative publishing arrangement with the Jewish Publication Society, one of the oldest Jewish publishers in the United States. In April 2013, the press acquired Potomac Books,[3] a publisher specializing in military and diplomatic topics.

Since 2010, two of the press' books have received the Bancroft Prize. The press also has a highly regarded publishing program in sports.[4]



Under its Nebraska imprint, UNP publishes both scholarly and general interest books, with a particular focus on Native and Indigenous studies, history, sports history, American studies and cultural criticism, environmental studies, anthropology, and creative works.[5]

Bison Books

Bison Books began in 1961 as UNP's first trade imprint and originally focused on inexpensive paperbacks of general-interest works in Western Americana. In 2013 Bison Books shifted its focus to the trans-Mississippi West. The imprint has featured the work of notable authors such as André Breton, George Armstrong Custer, William F. Cody, Loren Eiseley, Michel Foucault, Che Guevara, Wright Morris, Tillie Olsen, Mari Sandoz, Wallace Stegner, Leo Tolstoy, Philip Wylie, and Stefan Zweig.[6]

Potomac Books

Potomac Books began in 1983 as the imprint of British publishing house Brassey and quickly established a strong reputation for works on military history. The trade imprint was then acquired by Books International in 1999 and renamed Potomac Books in 2004, expanding its catalog to include world and national affairs, presidential history, diplomats and diplomacy, and biography and memoir. UNP purchased Potomac Books in 2013.[7]

Jewish Publication Society

The Jewish Publication Society, also known as JPS and originally known as the Jewish Publication Society of America, is the oldest nonprofit, nondenominational publisher of Jewish works in English. Founded in Philadelphia in 1888, JPS is especially well known for its English translation of the Hebrew Bible, the JPS Tanakh. UNP purchased all of JPS's outstanding book inventory, and is responsible for the production, distribution, and marketing of all JPS publications, although JPS continues its operations from its Philadelphia headquarters, acquiring new manuscripts and developing new projects.[8]

See also


  1. ^ For Booksellers
  2. ^ "UNL | Nebraska Notables | Programs". University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  3. ^ "Potomac Books - Home/Recent Releases". Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  4. ^ "Football-Loving Nebraska Nurtures Baseball Literature". New York Times. 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  5. ^ "About the Nebraska Imprint". University of Nebraska Press. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  6. ^ "About Bison Books". University of Nebraska Press.  External link in |website= (help);
  7. ^ Clifford, Helen. "Potomac Books acquired by University of Nebraska Press". The London Book Fair. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  8. ^ "Rabbis aim to inject more morality into business". Religion News Service. 

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