Philadelphia, PA – August 16, 2018
Running Press Book Publishers announced today the development of a new imprint named RP Studio. Launching in Fall 2018, RP Studio will publish unique paper goods that reflect the innovative and joyful spirit of Running Press. Combining thoughtful content, beautiful visuals, and a strong point of view, RP Studio products aim to entertain and inspire while highlighting quality product design.
“RP Studio is the natural next step for Running Press, which has always published irresistible gift titles and format-forward packages across all of our imprints,” says Kristin Kiser, VP/Publisher of Running Press and Black Dog & Leventhal. “Our deep understanding of visual content has led to great success publishing innovative formats in trade, gift, mass, specialty, and international channels. We are thrilled to be able to offer multiple product formats to our creative collaborators and give our publishing team new ways to create intellectual property.”
RP Studio’s inaugural list includes a range of paper goods inspired by best-selling Running Press books and book product, successful licensing partners, and perennial favorites from the Running Press backlist. These product suites include notecards and a flexi-bound journal from the Bob Ross estate, a postcard book and deluxe set of hardcover logbooks based on Tim Federle’s smash hit Tequila Mockingbird, notecards and a set of three notebooks inspired by the Running Press book Practical Magic by Nikki Van De Car, and notecards and a hardcover journal featuring quotes and art from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved classic The Little Prince™.
Kiser says RP Studio plans on publishing 25-30 new titles a year as part of collections or as stand-alone products. Running Press Senior Editor Shannon Connors Fabricant will oversee the program, which will include bestselling brands and licenses from the Running Press and Black Dog & Leventhal lists and original productions. Formats on future lists will include journals, notebooks, notecards, undated planners, undated desktop calendars, postcard books, sticky notes, inspirational wall art, and unique formats such as coaster books.
The RP Studio list in 2019 will include paper products inspired by Jen Sincero’s #1 New York Times bestselling book, You Are a Badass®, which has sold more than 2 million copies for Running Press, stationery inspired by Theodore Gray’s bestselling book The Elements, which has sold 1.5 million copies for Black Dog & Leventhal, stationery and ancillary product with successful Running Press licenses such as Harry Potter, DC Comics, Pusheen, Sesame Street, Star Trek, and compelling homegrown journals and other paper product formats.
About Running Press:
Founded in 1972, Running Press has a history of publishing products that entertain, inspire, and delight. Running Press publishes close to 200 new titles a year under five imprints: Running Press Adult, Running Press Miniature Editions™, Running Press Kids, RP Studio, and Black Dog & Leventhal. Beautifully designed and creatively packaged, Running Press books, miniature editions, and stationery product cover a broad range of lifestyle and pop-culture categories that include licensed programs, humor, food and wine, craft, performing arts, children’s nonfiction, YA and middle grade fiction, picture books, and board books.
About Black Dog & Leventhal:
Black Dog & Leventhal, an imprint of Running Press, has established an excellent worldwide reputation for creating a quality, varied, and inventive program of illustrated nonfiction and visual reference books. It publishes in a wide range of subjects that include art, style and design, history, science and math, humor, music, food, reference, and more, as well as a small vibrant list of children’s reference books.
Running Press and Black Dog & Leventhal are imprints of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc. Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the third largest trade and educational publisher in the world.