DAW Books is an American SF and fantasy book publisher, founded by Donald A. Wollheim and his wife, Elsie Wollheim, following his departure from Ace Books in 1971. The name of the company comes from Wollheim's initials (he was long known in fandom as "DAW".) Their daughter, Betsy Wollheim, took over management in 1985 and runs it with co-publisher Sheila Gilbert.
The company claims to be "the first publishing company ever devoted exclusively to science fiction and fantasy." The first DAW Book published was the 1972 short story collection Spell of the Witch World by Andre Norton. For many years, DAW was known for the distinctive yellow spines of its paperbacks, a constant design element until 1984.
In 2022, the company was sold to Astra Publishing House, but the entire DAW staff was expected continue working under the new owners, with Wollheim and Gilbert managing.
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