Writers and contributors

Some of Zed’s most well-known authors include Assata Shakur, founding member of the Black Liberation Army, the Black Panthers and the first woman to make the FBI’s top-ten most wanted terrorist list; Egypt’s foremost woman writer Nawal el Sadaawi; Vandana Shiva, the ‘world’s most prominent radical scientist’; world renowned Asia commentator and true-crime writer Paul French; and Yanis Varoufakis, ex-Finance Minister of Greece and ‘the rock star of Europe’s anti-austerity uprising’, as well as hundreds of internationally respected academics and journalists.

Editorial direction

Zed publishes a wide range of intelligent non-fiction for an international audience of thoughtful and engaged readers. It is perhaps best known for its global current affairs and global politics lists, as well as its books on gender and sexualities. Its award-winning scholarly output reaches across a range of subjects within the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Zed in the world


Shored up by a global network of distributors, agents and representatives, Zed’s sales department works to ensure that Zed books are easily available through online retailers and bookshops all over the world.

Zed keeps its books as affordable as possible, and has regular sales and promotional offers through this website for the same reason: so that its ground-breaking content remains open and accessible to all. To further encourage the sharing of information and knowledge, ebooks purchased from this website are DRM-free.

Zed titles are available from all good book shops, on the high street and online, including on this website. For details on who your local Zed wholesale stockist or sales agent is, please see the sales representation and distribution section of this site.


Zed’s communications team is continuously pushing ideas and content to new readerships and engaging different audiences. This, like everything Zed does, is an organization-wide political project; it is not enough for such crucial books to sit on shelves waiting for readers. Zed goes out and engages with social and political struggles in order to be their best platform, as well as to influence and be influenced by a global readership.

This means working with newspapers, journals and other media organisations to encourage discussion and reviews of our titles and their ideas; using social media to engage directly with a wide variety of audiences; and building strong relationships with universities, libraries and other third and not-for-profit sector organisations. This enables Zed to engage with the cutting edge of academic research at the world’s best institutions, as well as joining in with wider public debate across the world.


As part of its mission, Zed brings a truly international approach to its publishing by arranging the translation of its books across the globe and ensuring availability as locally published editions in the Global South.

Zed works with multinational publishing groups as well as with not-for-profit presses and smaller independent houses across Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Zed’s books are available in a multitude of languages, from Spanish, Turkish and Chinese to Arabic, Malayalam and Bahasa Indonesia. Zed’s in-house rights department is supported by an array of international rights agents and literary representatives throughout the world. For more information about the various rights Zed offers, please see the Rights and permissions section of this site.


Zed’s financial resources are managed in support of the strategic priorities determined by its collective ownership.

Demonstrating a radical and alternative way of organising its work, Zed has a transparent financial reporting system and its information is available to all workers. Workers draw equally on the financial benefits created by the success of its global business, as well as determining its investment choices regarding its future development, and in support of the wider co-operative movement. Authors, suppliers and strategic partners are dealt with ethically and with respect for their professional and business concerns.