Verso Books is a publishing house based in London and New York City, founded in 1970 by the staff of New Left Review. The company claims "global sales approaching $3 million per year and over 350 titles in print," possibly making it "the largest radical publisher in the English-language world."
Verso was originally known as New Left Books. The publisher gained early recognition for translations of books by European thinkers, especially those from the Frankfurt School. Verso's best-selling title is the autobiography of Rigoberta Menchú, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992.
The name "Verso" refers to the technical term for the left-hand page in a book, and is a play on words regarding its political outlook.
Verso titles are distributed in the United States by W. W. Norton & Company.