Book publishers have always been the backbone of this form of art, not only acting as a bridge between artists and their public, but also as a “sieve”. To better understand what publishing means, we must bear in mind the stages it includes, starting with the development, copying and editing, acquisition, graphic design, production and printing, marketing and distribution of one or more books. Publication is also concerned with the legal concept as it promotes copyright and basically your rights as a creator over your materials. There are many choices, from established publishers to independent ones, but our list is going to include ten of the best publishing houses. Enjoy!
With an experience of more than 90 years, Scholastic is probably the best source of stimulation for young minds. Established in 1920, Scholastic is at the time present in more than 90% of American schools. This publisher is also recognized for its popular characters and series, such as Clifford the Big Red Dog, The Magic School Bus, Goosebumps, Harry Potter, and so on.
9. John Wiley & Sons
Back in 1807 Charles Wiley – 25 at the time – decided to open a small printing shop in lower Manhattan, NYC. Two years later he shook hands in a partnership with Cornelius Van Winkle, an established printer at the time. After his death and until now his son John took the family business into the 21st century, promoting both American and European authors.
Our next addition to this list of best publishing houses is the Tyndale House Publishers, a company that focused mostly on religious books. It was founded in 1962 by Dr. Kenneth N. Taylor as means of publishing christian fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, and more. Tyndale’s products include various New York Times best-sellers, including the Left Behind fiction series by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins, novels by authors like Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury and Joel C. Rosenberg, etc.
7. Bedford St. Martin’s
Bedford St. Martin’s was founded in 1981 by Charles Christensen and Joan Feinberg, and started out as an imprint. It was initially called Bedford Books. At present day the company is publishing books covering various disciplines, including English, history, communication, music, and more.
6. Thomas Nelson
Thomas Nelson is a publishing company that started out in Scotland in 1798. The firm includes books from different categories, including history and politics, children’s bibles, finance, supernatural fiction, and much more. Their top title is Heaven Is for Real, selling over 1 million e-books.
Hachette Book Group is headed by Hachette Livre – and is presently the largest publishing company in France, and second-largest publisher in the world. Hachette is considered to be one of the “Big Six” publishing companies, along with Holtzbrinck/Macmillan, HarperCollins, Penguin Putnam, Simon & Schuster and Random House.
Penguin Group Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of the world-renowned Penguin Group, one of the largest English trade book publishers in the world. It was formed in 1996 after Penguin Books USA and he Putnam Berkley Group merged. Under the ruling of CEO David Shanks and President Susan Petersen Kennedy, Penguin Group has become a leader in adult and children’s trade book publishing.
3. Simon & Schuster
Next in our list of best publishing houses is Simon & Schuster – founded in 1924 by Richard L. Simon and M. Lincoln Schuster. It’s part of the larger CBS Corporation and a major force in today’s publishing industry, publishing roughly 2000 titles a year.
Having its HQ in New York City, the Harper and Collins company is yet another established English-language publishers and house of authors such as Mark Twain, the Brontë sisters, Thackeray, Dickens, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein, and Margaret Wise Brown. It was founded by James and John Harper in 1817.
1. Random House
Founded in 1925, Random House is the biggest English-language publishers in the world. The company houses various smaller publishing branches, such as Doubleday and Crown Publishing. It publishes all major literary fiction and nonfiction works, including romance, historical fiction and nonfiction, and more.