Publishers

From the well-known to the obscure, publishers come in all shapes and sizes. Browse our tributes to publishers who have shaped the book industry by launching authors’ careers and publishing our favorite unique books.

July 12, 2022
Phaidon Press has been one of the pioneers of the art book format since the mid-1930s. Every aspect of art is showcased in their books - photography, classical art, pop art, history of art, fashion, architecture, decorative arts, and all the major artistic movements.
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March 17, 2022
In 1941, with Britain facing invasion by Germany, Collins published series of social history books called Britain in Pictures to create a record of British life. George Orwell, Graham Greene and Edith Sitwell were among the writers to contribute books. Today, these books are highly collectible.
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July 10, 2021
Fine presses, private presses and small presses vary from traditional publishing houses because of their size, scope and intention. Books produced by these publishers are often adored by collectors who desire books that are not run-of-the-mill.
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June 03, 2021
Fans of science fiction owe a great debt of gratitude to Ace Books. This pioneering publisher helped shape the genre by promoting influential authors and numerous important titles during the 1950s and 1960s.
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June 03, 2021
Literary America owes a great debt to the Black Sparrow Press. This visionary California-based publisher was prepared to gamble on Charles Bukowski - the low-life, alcoholic writer other publishers wouldn’t touch with a barge pole - and a swathe of other avant-garde authors who didn’t fit in.
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June 03, 2021
Standing like an island amid the sea of cheap mass produced paperbacks and formulaic new releases, is the Folio Society. This organization is half publisher, half book club, and was founded in 1947 on the principle that books should be beautiful to the eye as well as captivating to the mind.
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June 03, 2021
The Franklin Library, a division of The Franklin Mint, was a publisher of fine collector edition books from the early 1970s until 2000.
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By Jessica Doyle
June 03, 2021
Penguin Drop Caps is a series of 26 rainbow-hued hardcover editions of literature's finest treasures. An edition for each letter of the alphabet, the series features authors from A (Jane Austen) to Z (Carlos Ruiz Zafon).
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