Books in the United States


See also: English Short Title Catalogue, 15th-18th centuries; Early American Imprints, 1639-1819

In 1640 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Stephen Daye produced the first book printed in British North America, the Bay Psalm Book.[4]

The American Library Association formed in 1876, and the Bibliographical Society of America in 1904. The national Center for the Book began in 1977.



See also: Bookselling in the US, Bookstores of the US, List of US booksellers' associations, Antiquarian book trade in the US, List of booksellers in Boston

Popular books in the 19th century included Sheldon's In His Steps (1896). 20th century bestsellers included Mitchell's Gone with the Wind (1936), Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People (1937), Spock’s Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care (1946), Harris’ I'm OK – You're OK (1969), Woodward and Bernstein's All the President's Men (1974). Recent bestsellers have included Warren’s Purpose-Driven Life (2002) and Brown's Da Vinci Code (2003).[5]

The influential "New York Times Best Seller list" first appeared in 1931. The online bookseller began business in July 1995, based in the state of Washington.[6][7]




Some notable collections of books of the United States include:


The nonprofit Internet Archive began scanning books in 2004, in the same year that Google Inc. launched Google Book Search. In 2005, Google began scanning pages of volumes in several large research libraries in the US, as part of its new Google Books Library Project. The Open Content Alliance formed in 2005.

See also


  1. Of these, several also topped the list in 2016 and 2017.[2][3]


  1. "The World's 54 Largest Publishers, 2018", Publishers Weekly, US, 265 (38), 14 September 2018
  2. "World's 52 Largest Book Publishers, 2016", Publishers Weekly, US, 26 August 2016
  3. "World's 54 Largest Publishers, 2017", Publishers Weekly, US, 25 August 2017
  4. Boyer 2001.
  5. "Best Seller",, retrieved November 30, 2017
  6. "The Next Big Thing: A Bookstore?",, December 9, 1996
  7. "". Archived from the original on 1999-08-28. Retrieved 2018-11-09 via Wayback Machine.
  8. "Book Club of California". Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  9. "The Caxton Club". Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  10. "Florida Bibliophile Society". Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  11. "The Grolier Club". Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  12. "The Ticknor Society". Retrieved March 11, 2017.


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