Deseret Books was founded in 1919 when two Utah book sellers, Deseret Sunday School Union Bookstore and Deseret News Bookstores, merged into one. The company is the world’s largest Mormon book publisher and operates a chain of bookstores across the Western half of the US. The company is a subsidiary of Deseret Management Corporation.
The company is a for profit corporation, publishing books, Mormon related works of fiction, and musical recordings. Desert Books began publishing bibles aimed directly at the Mormon community in the late 1970’s, with works of fiction being published at the beginning of the 1980’s. Sheri Drew became the first female CEO in 2002 and remains in that position.
Deseret Books has locations in 63 countries, and more than 44 locations in the US, and 3,000 full time employees. Although they are a private company and do not need to disclose their revenue, Hoover estimates that in 2012, annual revenue was $1.2 billion.