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Lerner Publishing Group is one of the nation’s largest independently owned children’s publishers with more than 5,000 books in print.

For more than 50 years, the publisher created nonfiction and fiction books for pre-school to young adult readers and for libraries and classrooms. The books are published under several imprints, each with a unique age and content focus.

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Lexington Books is a scientific publisher based in Lanham, Maryland which specialises in promoting fundamental scientific research.

Its range encompasses monographs and works by up-and-coming scientists with a focus on African studies, American history, American studies, anthropology, archaeology, Asian studies, ancient philology, communication, penal law, criminology, cultural science, pedagogy, European science, geography, international history, international relations, Judaism studies, Latin American studies, literary criticism, Near Eastern studies, music, philosophy, political science, political theory, public politics, theology, Slavonic studies as well as sociology.

Lexington Books belongs to publishing chain The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing group, Inc.

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Four times the winner of the Publisher of the Year Award, most recently in 2014 at the Bookseller Industry Awards, Little, Brown Book Group has a proven history of success, and a track record for delivering bestsellers across the full range of our publishing.

The publisher prides itself on ist focused publishing strategy: whether in fiction or non-fiction, the publisher believe it should publish a limited number but a wide variety of titles.

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Ireland’s bookworld experiences an innovation in the scope of qualitative children’s and teenager’s literature, caused by the new imprint Little Island, which is an offspring of New Island Books. The selection supplements the available British and American children’s and teenager’s literature by offering Irish and international works for the young generation of readers.

The books are sensitively selected by the well-known Irish author Siobhán Parkinson, who was recently appointed Ireland's first Laureate for Children's Literature. Parkinson contributes to the publishing house with her literary sucesses of several award-winning books for children and teenagers as well as her experience as an editor. The wide range of fiction for young people in Ireland is now expanded by the English translations of two German children’s books, published by Little Island, and entitled The Great Rabbit Revenge Plan by Burkhard Spinnen and Over the Wall by Renate Ahrens.

Irish classic writers, such as Maeve Friel and Mark O'Sullivan and debut Irish authors Jean Flitcroft and Tom O'Neill are also published by Little Island.

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Founded by the former Publisher of Harvill Press, Christopher MacLehose, this enterprise has made its name as a translation specialist.

Languages which have been translated thus far include Arabic, German, French, Icelandic, Italian, Polish, Swedish and Spanish. The main focus is on literature and crime fiction, including the works of outstanding English language authors. Well known names such as Stieg Larsson, Daniel Glattauer, Anuradha Roy and Elia Barceló all appear on the diverse MacLehose backlist. MacLehose Press is an imprint of Quercus.

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Two Minnesota-based authors, Emilie Buchwald and R.W. Scholes, founded Milkweed Editions in 1980 in order to determine their own publishing policies. Beyond the control of big publishers, they pursue ambitious goals including supporting young up-an-coming authors and playing an important social role by helping people with reading difficulties in their community.

With up to twenty new releases a year, their works and authors have won multiple prizes, such as the American Book Award and the New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year. The publishing house is named after a plant which is considered to be the birthplace of butterflies and symbolises transformation and the creation of something new: “Just as the milkweed plant is the site of metamorphosis for butterflies, Milkweed Editions will serve as a source of publications that transcend boundaries and foster transformation.”

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The literary publisher New Directions was founded in New York in1936 by the 22-year-old Harvard student, James Laughlin, when he published his first anthology of poems. The main aim of the publishing house was, and is, to promote works by authors whose work is too experimental to be of interest to other publishers. Amongst the first writers to be published by New Directions were Ezra Pound and Tennessee Williams.

A multitude of titles were re-published by ND and are today regarded as classics, such as The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hermann Hesse’s Siddartha. Of particular interest was the publication of translations of the works of important authors, often in bi-lingual editions. This made writers such as Tommaso Landolfi, Javier Marias and Uwe Timm accessible to an English-speaking public. Having started off with anthologies, ND now also publishes novels, theatre plays and poetry collections with around 30 new titles a year.


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New Vessel Press, founded in New York City in 2012, is an independent publishing house specializing in the translation of foreign literature into English.
By bringing readers foreign literature and narrative non-fiction, New Vessel Press offers captivating, thought-provoking works with beautifully-designed covers and high production values.

The publisher's books have received a growing array of accolades in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, Words without Borders, Publishers Weekly, Times Literary Supplement and O, The Oprah Magazine.

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Nicholas Brealey Publishing was eponymously founded in 1992 and has offices in London and Boston It focuses on business and finance, intelligent self-help, popular psychology and travel writing.

Among the authors are some of the leading voices in their fields, including award-winning economist Roger Bootle, organizational development experts Peter Senge and Arie de Geus, and in psychology such internationally renowned authors as Richard Nisbett, Gary Klein and Martin Seligman. In its 24th year, Nicholas Brealey Publishing joined Hachette UK in June 2015 as part of John Murray Press.

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The Crime Fiction imprint No Exit Press was started in 1987. It is the mainstay of Oldcastle Books, which was formed in 1985 by industry veteran Ion Mills.

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Oneworld was founded in 1986 by husband and wife team Juliet Mabey and Novin Doostdar as an independent publishing house focusing on stimulating non-fiction and is now publishing over 100 books a year. Through their selection of fiction, Oneworld wants to play its part in introducing the reader to a different culture or an interesting historical period/event, and deeply explore the human condition in all its vagaries.

An international approach to publishing reflects the global society in which we live, and so Oneworld works with authors, literary agents and publishing partners throughout the world, to achieve effective international distribution through a comprehensive network of distributors and representatives.

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Orchard Books offers a range of children’s books for all ages. Younger readers can choose from picture books such as Charlie and Lola, Dig, Dig Digging, The Dark and Giraffes Can’t Dance, emerging readers can escape in the fantasy of Rainbow Magic and Beast Quest.

More confident readers will laugh along with the World of Norm and Roald Dahl Funny prize winner Dark Lord, while teens can indulge in Gallagher Girls, Allen Zadoff's The Mission and Teri Terry’s dark and suspenseful thrillers. From the young, bright and bold to the edgy, glamorous and intense, Orchard Books provides a rich treasure-trove of titles.

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The Orion Publishing Group was founded in 1991. Soon after, Orion began negotiations with Lord Weidenfeld, and acquired Weidenfeld & Nicolson as the nucleus of the new publishing group; Lord Weidenfeld remained as chairman of W&N, a post he still occupies. Orion Books was launched in 1992.

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This relatively young New York based publishing house specialises in predominantly American fiction, poetry and short stories. It also offers a wide variety of translated fiction and topics such as culture, current events and history with a strong focus on Judaism, make up its range of nonfiction.

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Oxford University Press (OUP) is a part of Oxford University and was founded in the 16th Century. Its main publishing activities took off in the 17th Century with the printing of religious and academic works. The publication of the King James Bible brought the publisher major success and enabled the opening of the first international branch in America in 1896.

Over time the diversity of OUP’s publishing list has widened greatly, but the criteria for publication by OUP always hinge on the same principles: quality and value for educational and research purposes. The publishing programme of OUP focuses on educational materials for schools and further/higher education, English as a Foreign Language, music, economics and subjects of general interest. This selection is complemented by multimedia products such as e-books, CDs, DVDs and online databases. Today OUP is the biggest university publisher in the world and one of the leading publishers of academic literature with over 500 new publications per year.

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Oxygen Books was founded by the publisher Malcolm Burgess and it specialises in a particular kind of travel literature.

Descriptions of popular travel destinations are presented via literary extracts from works by local writers, providing a personal view of the places and their inhabitants. Cities which have so far been presented in this way include Amsterdam, Berlin, Dublin, London, Paris and Venice. Heather Reyes is the editor of the acclaimed ‘City picks’ series. Oxygen Books aims to extend its range of travel destinations over the forthcoming years.

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Pan Macmillan UK is one of the largest general book publishers in the UK, with various imprints such as Macmillan, Mantle, Pan and Picador. Macmillan was founded in 1843 by Daniel and Alexander Macmillan, two brothers from the Scottish Isle of Arran. Daniel was the business brain, while Alexander laid the literary foundations, publishing such great authors as Charles Kingsley, Thomas Hughes, Lewis Carroll, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Henry James, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling and H. G. Wells.

An ambitious expansion programme was initiated in the late 1960s when Harold Macmillan retired from politics after his term as prime minister and became chairman of the company. Serious academic, educational and literary publishing was followed by significant growth in reference programmes and college textbooks as well as educational and scientific journals. New Publishing operations were set up in Japan, Mexico and the emerging markets of Africa and Asia.

Nowadays Macmillan is one of the largest and best-known international publishers in the world, operating in over 70 countries.

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Parthian Books was established in 1993 by Publishing Director Richard Lewis Davies. It has since developed into a leading independent publisher based in Wales with a focus on Welsh writers working in English while also assembling a carnival of voices from many languages and cultures.

Their authors have garnered critical acclaim and prestigious accolades including The Dylan Thomas Prize, The Betty Trask, Wales Book of the Year, the Orange Futures Award, The Rhys Davies Prize, the Journey Prize, the Edge Hill Readers' Award and The Stonewall Award.Over the years, Parthian Books has developed good translation links throughout Europe and beyond, and our books have appeared in fifteen foreign-language editions including French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish, Danish, Portuguese and Russian.

Beyond that, the Parthian Europa Carnivale project represents a collection of new European fiction and poetry, written by some of the most talented contemporary female authors writing today, featuring eight writers - eight women - from six countries - from the Basque coast at Donostia, to Slovakia, to Romania, to Germany, to Turkey and from Wales.

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Paul Dry Books’ goal is to publish books which are liable to enthuse and educate their readers and provide them with topics of discussion. The Europe-focused range comprises novels and short stories, as well as biographies, memoirs, history books and essays.

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Peirene Press is a small independent publishing house in London which was founded by the journalist and writer Meike Ziervogel in 2008.

Peirene specializes in contemporary European literature in English translation. Since 2005 Meike Ziervogel has also written for New Books in German, a Goethe-Institut publication that reviews German-language writing for the British publishing market. Peirene Press's publications list includes books by the German writer Friedrich Christian Delius.

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In 1935, if you wanted to read a good book, you needed either a lot of money or a library card. Cheap paperbacks were available, but their poor production generally tended to mirror the quality between the covers.
Penguin paperbacks were the brainchild of Allen Lane, then a director of The Bodley Head.

After a weekend visiting Agatha Christie in Devon, he found himself on a platform at Exeter station searching its bookstall for something to read on his journey back to London, but discovered only popular magazines and reprints of Victorian novels. Appalled by the selection on offer, Lane decided that good quality contemporary fiction should be made available at an attractive price and sold not just in traditional bookshops, but also in railway stations, tobacconists and chain stores.The first Penguin paperbacks appeared in the summer of 1935 and included works by Ernest Hemingway, André Maurois and Agatha Christie. They were colour coded (orange for fiction, blue for biography, green for crime) and cost just sixpence, the same price as a packet of cigarettes.

Penguin became a separate company in 1936 and set up premises in the Crypt of the Holy Trinity Church on Marylebone Road, using a fairground slide to receive deliveries from the street above. Within twelve months, it had sold 3 million Paperbacks.

In 2013 Penguin and Random House officially united to create Penguin Random House.

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Picador was launched as an imprint of Pan MacMillan in the UK in 1972.

It publishes outstanding international writing, fiction and non-fiction, in both hardback and paperback, and has numerous prize winners on its list. Picador has an established reputation for groundbreaking non-fiction, publishing reportage, literary biography and memoir, and boasts a formidable poetry list.

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Established in 1984 Polity Press has grown rapidly into a leading international publisher in the social sciences and humanities.

The Polity list is particularly strong in the areas of sociology, politics and social and political theory. They also have books on a range of other subjects including philosophy, history, literary studies, media and cultural studies, gender studies, and anthropology. Translated titles include the works of German writers such as Jürgen Habermas, Niklas Luhmann, Walter Benjamin, Norbert Elias, Ulrich Beck and Theodor Adorno.

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The London-based publisher Portobello Books was founded by three private individuals in 2005 and is therefore free to make independent publishing decisions.

The publisher’s recurring themes are ‘internationalism’, ‘activism’ and ‘courage’, regardless of how well-known the writers are. Unknown, talented new writers are promoted in order to provide them with an opening into a literary career. Each year about 25 new titles appear, consisting of an equal proportion of fiction and non-fiction. Translated works comprise a third of the whole publishing output. Main non-fiction topics are cultural criticism, investigative journalism and war reporting.

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Post-Apollo Press was founded in Sausolito, California, in 1983 and specialises on poetry, experimental literature and translation. It publishes works from significant poets and writers from America, Europe and the Middle East.

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Pushkin Press was founded in 1997. Having first rediscovered European classics of the twentieth century, Pushkin now publishes novels, essays, memoirs, children’s books, and everything from timeless classics to the urgent and contemporary.

Pushkin books represent exciting, high-quality writing from around the world. Pushkin publishes widely acclaimed, brilliant authors such as Stefan Zweig, Marcel Aymé, Antal Szerb, Paul Morand and Yasushi Inoue, as well as some of the most exciting contemporary and often prize-winning writers, including Andrés Neuman, Edith Pearlman and Ryu Murakami.

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Quercus Publishing Plc is an international trade publisher with offices in London and New York, and is a distinct publishing division of Hodder & Stoughton, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hachette UK Group.

Quercus specialises in commercial fiction, non-fiction and children’s publishing in digital and print formats and incorporates the prestigious MacLehose Press, Jo Fletcher Books and Heron Books imprints. Founded in 2004, Quercus has in its short life won many awards including Small Publisher of the Year in 2007, the Costa Book of the Year Award in the same year for Stef Penny’s Tenderness of Wolves, Independent Publisher of the Year in 2008 and Publisher of the Year in 2011.

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Reaktion Books is an independent publisher, based in Clerkenwell, London, with a reputation for producing high-quality non-fiction in the fields of art history, architecture, animal studies, Asian studies, cultural studies, design, film, food history, geography, history, natural history, photography and travel literature.

A new series in 2012 includes books on natural phenomena and on music that has influenced generations. Its aim is to produce stimulating, cross-disciplinary titles which open up critical debate and areas of enquiry, bridging the gap between the general and the academic reader.

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