Educational publishers are present almost in every city. The publication houses receive large volumes of books and journals that are published and then sold in the market.
Writing a book or a journal and then getting it published is not an overnight affair. It’s because there’s a connection between the author, typesetters and the publishers. The process through which a write-up reaches a publishing house is quite interesting. In this article we have first explained you the process briefly and then presented you the list of best educational publishers in the world.
The author writes his content in the form of journals or books. The hard copies and Internet files are then sent to publication companies. The files are then retrieved by the in-house typesetting department or separate entities working with the same. They undertake the responsibility of editing the journals allotted to publication houses which have direct contact with the authors. The journals are then sent back to publishing houses for recheck and then to the respective authors for final approval. In case errors in editing are detected, the files are sent back to the typesetters for re-correction. Once the author gives his final statement of approval, the publication house prints the journals and books as hard copies. They are then distributed in the market for sale. Today, many big and small educational publishers and printing companies have mushroomed all over the world. However, the vintage companies, like Macmillan, Oxford, etc., are still ruling the publishing market.
Macmillan Publishers Limited or the Macmillan Group was founded by Alexander Macmillan and Daniel Macmillan in the year, 1843. They have established offices in more than 41 countries and their operation is carried out in 30 other countries. The company at present is owned by Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing group. It has published works of great authors and poets like Rabindranath Tagore, W.B Yeats, Thomas Hughes, Rudyard Kipling, etc. They have also published articles in the best scientific journal, ‘Nature’.
Oxford University Press
Popular as OUP, it’s a department in the Oxford University, formed by a group of 15 members from academics, headed by the Vice Chancellor who acts as the delegate of the Press. OUP is the biggest university press in the world. It became a major printing company, publishing prayer books, holy books, including Bibles. Oxford English dictionary is one of the most famous publications of OUP. They started expanding their business beyond United Kingdom. They established their office in New York in the year 1896. It takes contracts of book binding and printing operations globally.
Cambridge University Press
The publishing house of University of Cambridge is named as Cambridge University Press. It is the oldest publication house, granted through ‘Letters Patent’ by Henry VIII in the year 1534. The press has dual functions of being an educational as well as an academic publisher. It publishes education related books and references containing History of Cambridge, Literature of Cambridge, academic journals, classics, religion, philosophy and literature. Publication works also include monographs, professional books, English language teaching tools and electronic publishing as well.
Random House Inc. was owned by the German private media corporation in the year 1998. It was actually founded by Donald Klopfer and Bennett Cerf in the year 1927. Random house is popular as the umbrella brand for Bertelsmann book publication house. Random House has a separate wing for movie production. Random House group has its main branch in the New York City while sub-branches are spread in the UK, South Africa, New Zealand, India and Australia as well. Its imprints include Alfred A. Knopf, Doubleday, The Modern Library, Alfred A, Crown Publishing, Group, Bantam, etc. Random House’s patented creation, Random House Dictionary of the English Language is popular in the U.S. and other countries as well.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Popular as FSG, is known for its premium quality of publishing and it has published works of Nobel prize, Pulitzer prize and National Book Award winners. Their authors are mostly novelists, fiction writers, and poets like, T.S. Eliot, Hermann Hesse, Philip Roth, Philip Larkin, Elizabeth Bishop, John Ashbery, etc. Its imprints are Hill and Wang, North Point Press, Sarah Crichton Books and Faber and Faber. This American book publishing company was founded by John Chipman Farrar and Roger W. Straus, Jr. in the year 1946. After the death of Farrar, a large portion of FSG was sold to the famous German publishing company, Georg von Holtzbrinck.
Simon and Schuster
Simon and Schuster, Inc. is a New York based educational publisher founded in the year 1924. It’s actually a division of CBS corporation that was founded by M. Lincoln Schuster and Richard L. Simon. Its imprinters include Aladdin Paperbacks, Howard Books, Pocket Books, Random House, HarperCollins and Penguin. The annual turnover of this publication house is more than 2000 titles under 35 different imprints. It gained much popularity when it started publishing crosswords puzzles. Charles Scribner’s Sons, a major imprint became famous during the 20th century for publishing creations of famous authors like, Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Vonnegut, F. Scott Fitzgerald, etc.
I hope the information provided in this article about the world-class educational publishers has proven useful to you. Apart from these, companies like Princeton University Press, Library of Congress, Andromeda, H.W. Wilson, Pearson, ThomsonReuters, McGraw-Hill Education, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Scholastic Wiley, Wolters Kluve and Informa also have huge functional domains that are well established all over the world.