The little independent publisher that could, The Rowman &
Littlefield Publishing Group publishes and distributes some
1,500 academic, reference, and general interest books. The
company also publishes about a dozen journals. In
addition, Rowman & Littlefield owns National Book Network
(NBN), a distributor of independent trade book publishers, and NBN
International, a leading distributor of independent publishers in
the UK. The company was founded in 1975 by Raymond D. Fellers and
chairman Stanley D. Plotnick; company president and CEO Jed Lyons
joined Rowman & Littlefield later that same year.
NBN operates an approximately 300,000 sq. ft. distribution
center in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania. In addition to the UK,
NBN International offers distribution services to Australia and New
In 2007, Rowman & Littlefield published more than 1,300 new
academic, reference, and general interest books.