American science fiction and fantasy publisher, founded by Donald A. Wollheim following his departure from Ace Books in 1971, claiming to be "the first publishing company ever devoted exclusively to science fiction and fantasy."
Until June 1984, all DAW books were characterized by yellow spines and a prominent yellow cover box containing the company's logo as well as a chronological publication number. When the design was changed the chronological number was retained but moved to the copyright page and renamed the DAW Collectors' Book Number.
As of October 2010, the company had published more than 1,500 titles during its 38-year history. Although it has a distribution relationship with Penguin Group and is headquartered in Penguin USA's offices, DAW remains closely held by its current publishers, Elizabeth R. Wollheim (Donald's daughter) and Sheila E. Gilbert. The company's offices are in New York City.