Deseret Book

Deseret Book

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Deseret Book Company is the largest Latter-day Saint book publisher and also owns a chain of LDS bookstores in the western United States. Over 150 people work in its Salt Lake City headquarters. During holidays, over 1000 employees work at over 30 Deseret Book store locations.

Owned wholly by Deseret Management Corporation, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), Deseret Book is managed independently, but distributes media in accord with church doctrine. As a publisher, Deseret Book publishes under four imprints with media ranging from doctrine and LDS fiction books, to electronic resources and sound recordings such as Mormon Tabernacle Choir albums.

History

The Deseret Book Company merged from the Deseret News Bookstore and the Deseret Sunday School Union Bookstore in 1919 and formally adopted its name in 1920. Both of these Utah bookstores trace their organizational roots to George Q. Cannon, a Latter-day Saint General Authority. The bookstore is named after "deseret," a word from the Book of Mormon meaning "honeybee".

George Q. Cannon & Sons

In early 1866 George Q. Cannon published the first issue of Juvenile Instructor magazine. Dated January 1, it was not distributed until later because of problems procuring paper in Utah Territory before completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Printed on the Deseret News press, the 8-page bi-monthly magazine was the first serial publication in Utah aimed...
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