Prometheus Books

Prometheus Books is a publishing company founded in August 1969 by the philosopher Paul Kurtz (who was also the founder of the Council for Secular Humanism, Center for Inquiry, and co-founder of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry).[1][2] The publisher's name was derived from Prometheus, the Titan from Greek mythology who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to man. This act is often used as a metaphor for bringing knowledge or enlightenment.[3][4]

Prometheus Books
FounderPaul Kurtz
Country of originUSA
Headquarters locationAmherst, New York
DistributionRowman & Littlefield
Key peopleJonathan Kurtz, President
Nonfiction topicsSkeptical literature, atheism
Fiction genresScience fiction
ImprintsPyr (for science fiction),
Humanity Books (for academic works in the humanities),
Seventh Street Books (for thrillers and mysteries)

Prometheus Books publishes a range of books, focusing on topics such as science, freethought, secularism, humanism, and skepticism. It has published in the "atheism" category since its founding in 1969, and is considered the "grandfather" of atheist publishing in America.[5]

Their headquarters was located in Amherst, New York, and they publish worldwide. Jonathan Kurtz is executive editor of Prometheus, which is an imprint of Globe Pequot Press.[6]

The publisher has roughly 1,700 books currently in print [7] and publishes approximately 95–100 books per year.[8] Since its founding, Prometheus Books has published more than 2,500 books.[9]