The Story of Workman Publishing and the Page-A-Day® Calendar
It is a little bit like lightning striking twice. First, Workman essentially jump-started the calendar business in 1977 with B. Kliban’s Cat, a wall calendar based on the quirky New York Times bestseller. Then just a few years later, in the spring of 1979, we introduced our next and most significant innovation in calendar publishing, the original Page-a-Day Calendar. The idea was a boxed desk calendar featuring a different page of new content every day, and three titles launched the series: 365 Words-A-Year, 365 Women-A-Year, and 365 Jokes, Puns, and Riddles.
Over 35 years and more than 200 million copies later, Workman continues to publish America’s #1 bestselling calendar line while setting the standard for excellence, quality, innovation, and sheer entertainment value. Our guiding principle is to publish calendars like books—with the same high editorial standards and meticulous attention to detail. Year in and year out the list is packed with a mixture of perennial bestsellers, such as 365 Cats and Sandra Boynton’s Mom’s Family Calendar; offbeat hits, including Bad Cat®, Nuns Having Fun, and Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader®; worthy newcomers, such as Downton Abbey® and Keep Calm and Carry On.
One of our innovations, of course, is Page-a-Day Digital. The premise is simple: Every purchase of a print calendar entitles the user to a free daily digital calendar, available via e-mail or the Web. Every year thousands upon thousands of customers sign up to enjoy this extraordinary feature. Think of it: a second calendar, absolutely free. Remember to register for yours.
About Workman Publishing Company
Workman Publishing founded in 1968, is an independent publisher of adult and juvenile trade books, as well as America’s #1 calendar line. Known for its innovations in stretching the boundaries of traditional books and calendars, combined with intensive and creative marketing, Workman’s string of unexpected bestsellers begins with B. Kliban’s Cat, through The Official Preppy Handbook, The Silver Palate Cookbook, What to Expect® When You’re Expecting, Brain Quest®, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die®, and Gallop: A Scanimation Book!
Divisions of the company include Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, publisher most recently of Water for Elephants and A Reliable Wife; and the illustrated book publisher Artisan Books, publisher of The French Laundry Cookbook. Additionally, the company is distributor for Black Dog & Leventhal, Storey Publishing, Timber Press, HighBridge Audio, and The Experiment.