NU Press acquires Potomac Books

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NU Press acquires Potomac Books

Potomac Books has been acquired by the University of Nebraska Press, effective March 31, 2013.

Potomac Books will continue to conduct business as usual in all respects. Ordering, warehousing, returns processing, and all other industry business and contracts will remain under the purview of Potomac Books’ publisher Sam Dorrance, who remains at Potomac’s Virginia offices, along with other staff members. All vendor agreements already in place with Potomac Books will be honored, and all fulfillment and warehousing will remain at Books International. EDI and other electronic ordering will not change.

“Potomac Books has an excellent reputation for producing fine books in fields that fit perfectly with University of Nebraska Press’s catalog,” said Donna Shear, director of University of Nebraska Press. “Sam Dorrance, publisher of Potomac Books, has guided the press to a position of strength and we are thrilled that he has agreed to continue in his current position as publisher of Potomac Books.”

“I am excited and pleased that we have been able to secure Potomac Books’ future,” said Dorrance. “The history and heritage of University of Nebraska Press provides a strong environment for the work we do in Virginia to flourish. I am also pleased that Potomac Books will continue to work with our authors and vendors in the same manner as we have done for so many years.”

Founded in 1983 as a part of a distinguished British publishing house dating back to the nineteenth century, Brassey’s, Inc. was acquired by the owners of American book distributor Books International in 1999. Brassey’s, U.S. became Potomac Books, Inc., in 2004. Potomac Books will continue building on its strong roots in military and general history, world and national affairs, foreign policy, defense and national security, terrorism, intelligence, memoirs, and biographies, and sports history.

About the University of Nebraska Press: Founded in 1941, the University of Nebraska Press is a nonprofit scholarly and general interest press that publishes 160 new and reprint titles annually under the Nebraska and Bison Books imprints, along with 21 journals. As the largest and most diversified university press between Chicago and California, with nearly 3,000 books in print, the University of Nebraska Press is best known for publishing works in Indigenous studies, history and literature of the American West, translated literature, and sports history. Nebraska entered into a collaborative agreement with the Jewish Publication Society in January 2012 to edit, publish, market, and distribute their books. For more information, visit