Detail of the Bantam logo from the book "The Price of Salt".



Years in the Paperback Market

1945 -

Head Office Location

New York, NY


At the end of World War II, the founders of Bantam, Walter Pitkin Jr., Sidney Kramer, Ian Ballantine, and Betty Ballantine, broke away from their former employer Penguin Books U.S.A. to partner with Random House publishers and Curtis House distributors. Their roots were in the book publishing world rather than the magazine and distribution business and they embarked on a strategy of catering to a broader range of reading tastes than the other paperback publishers. Bantam is now part of Penguin Random House The MSVU collection currently holds three Bantam reprints. They are considered to be of higher literary value than typical pulp fiction.


Davis, Kenneth C. Two-Bit Culture: The Paperbacking of America. Houghton Mifflin, 1984.

Profile Contributor

Denyse Rodrigues

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“Bantam,” The Lesbian Pulp Fiction Collection @ Mount Saint Vincent University, accessed March 1, 2024,