According to the term publishing house, it means a certain state (national) or private enterprise (organization), whose work is staged in the field of a particular culture and literature, as well as music and science, and it is aimed at reproduction and dissemination. The latter is carried out through specialized channels of purchase and sale, the Internet network, plus the ability to do all this by the publisher himself. Also, this type of activity can be both for a fee and completely free. It all depends on the goal that the publishing house has set for itself and, of course, its created business model.

To date, publishers can be qualified according to the following basic principles:

  • according to the chosen scale of its work: large (more than 100 publications during the year, medium and not large);
  • by type and readership of the published literature, namely universal and specialized;
  • according to one or another form of ownership of the publishing house: state, private, party, corporate (joint-stock) or whatever public (charitable) organization;
  • according to the chosen purpose of the publishing house (commercial and vice versa);
  • by territorial publication (local, state, regional, transnational, etc.);
  • by design, namely with a hard or paperback;
  • on the significant information provided to users (books, cartographic and electronic products, publications for the visually impaired, etc.).

From all this it follows that the main essence of publishing work is to disseminate this or that information, as well as, accordingly, the creation of some surplus value of the objects of its copyright. Moreover, copyright holders can receive for their work the so-called fees (one-time payments) or royalties, these are rewards in the form of a percentage determined according to the contract from the sale of works.

What is the difference between a printing house and a publishing house?

Printing house is a specialized production, the main activity of which is to print a particular printing product. This mainly includes a variety of artistic and not only books, thematic magazines, as well as advertising posters, business cards, booklets, leaflets and other information products.

As for such a concept as “publishing house”, it primarily includes a mandatory search for authors, conducting certain work with the same authors and their provided texts, various marketing research and companies, plus further promotion on the market of the products offered. Larger publishing organizations have their own printing houses on their basis, and smaller ones use the services of third-party printing houses. In addition, according to publishing houses are engaged in frequent holding of any thematic creative evenings, various interesting competitions and always try to work closely enough with the media at any level. In other words, a publishing house is a certain, pre-conceived cycle of working with a book from beginning to end, in contrast to typography, the need for which lies only at a specific stage.

The most famous book publishers in the world

To date, there are a number of the largest and most famous publishing houses in the world. They are included in a certain rating. The leading companies (publishing houses) include the following:

  • Reed Elsevier;
  • Pearson;
  • Thomson Reuters;
  • SP Global;
  • Nielsen;
  • Dai Nippon Printing;
  • Wolters Kluwer;
  • Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. and other global publishing houses.

On specialized review sites, on which the rating of publishers is compiled, users will be able to find out more detailed information about the company, namely: the year of foundation and owners, postal and Internet address, telephones, as well as many other important information. After all, each author of his book dreams of finding for himself an already proven and sought-after publishing house that could promote not only his material, but also his name on the market.