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  • Dwight L. Moody (1837 - 1899)
    Lyman Moody (February 5, 1837 - December 22, 1899), also known as D.L. Moody, was an American evangelist and publisher who founded the Moody Church, Northfield School and Mount Hermon School in Massach...
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  • Reinhard Mohn (1921 - 2009)
    Reinhard Mohn (29 June 1921 – 3 October 2009) was a German billionaire businessman and philanthropist. Under his leadership, Bertelsmann, once a medium-sized printing and publishing house, establishe...


  • Image Right: Daniel MacMillan (13 September 1813 – 27 June 1857) was a Scottish publisher from the Isle of Arran, Scotland, who founded Macmillan Publishers, with his brother Alexander.\.

Definition: A publisher is a company or person that publishes books, newspaper, journals or music

Publishing is the process of production and dissemination of literature, music, or information -making information available to the general public

The object of the project is to compile a list below of significant publishers (individuals) worldwide, and to link them to profiles on GENi when there is a related tree. It is also a place to assemble the profiles of others involved in publishing, whose occupations were in this field. These will not necessarily be listed below. Reporters, writers etc. are outside the scope of this project.

The names of Publishers (Companies) can be added to the Reference list at the bottom of the page which needs some work!

How the project will evolve is not carved in stone and suggestions are welcome. Initially there are four main categories - Books, Newspapers, Periodicals and Music. Please add suitable people within these sections in alphabetical order, including the name of the publishing Company they were involved with and the country they worked in. If the person has a profile on GENi please add them to the project and add the link to their profile in bold.

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  • Bennett Cerf, (1898-1971) was eminent publisher and punster, founder and chairman of Random House Books. He was a writer and editor of many humour books, and a popular panelist on television's long-running game show, What's My Line? Notable New Yorkers also
  • Edward Payson Dutton (1831 - 1923) was a prominent American book publisher who in 1852, founded the E. P. Dutton book-selling company in Boston, Massachusetts. The business sold fiction and non-fiction and within a short time expanded into the selling of children's literature.
  • Harold K. Guinzburg (1899 - 1961). Joint founder with George S. Oppenheimer, of The Viking Press in New York City on March 1, 1925
  • Edward Pickard Hall (1808-1886) partner & chief manager University Bible Press employing 47 men in Oxford. Managing partner, Clarendon Press.
  • Lucy Juckes and Patience Thomson (below) were the founders of Barrington Stoke - a children's book publisher based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Alexander Macmillan, (3 October 1818 - 1896), born in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland. He was a cofounder, in 1843, with his brother Daniel (Below), of Macmillan Publishers. His family were crofters from the Isle of Arran
  • Daniel MacMillan (1813–1857) was a Scottish publisher from the Isle of Arran, Scotland. He was a cofounder, in 1843, with his brother Alexander (above), of Macmillan Publishers.
  • Thomas Nelson (1780-1861) was the founder of the publishing firm of Thomas Nelson and Sons that began in Scotland in 1798, a subsidiary of HarperCollins. specialised in producing popular literature, children’s books, Bibles and religious and educational texts. From its founding in 1798 to its departure from Scotland in 1968, Nelsons was an established and well-known presence on the Southside, its Parkside Works on Dalkeith Road a major landmark in the Edinburgh cityscape. Private GENi profile Thomas Nelson
  • George S. Oppenheimer. (?born c.1899) Joint founder with Harold K Guinzburg, of The Viking Press in New York City on March 1, 1925
  • Charles Scribner I (1821 - 1871) USA New Yorker who, with Isaac D. Baker (1819-1850),

founded a publishing company that would eventually become Charles Scribner's Sons.

  • Patience Thomson and Lucy Juckes (above) were the founders of Barrington Stoke - a children's book publisher based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Frederick Warne The founder of the publishing house Frederick Warne & Co which published illustrated children's books.


  • Benjamin Henry Day (1810 – 1889) was an American newspaper publisher best known for founding the New York Sun, the first penny press newspaper in the United States, in 1833.
  • Alexander Donaldson (1727 - 1794) was a Scottish bookseller, publisher, and printer. Donaldson was the founding publisher of the weekly newspaper, the Edinburgh Advertiser.
  • James Donaldson (1751 – 1830) was a Scottish printer and newspaper publisher. He bequeathed a large part of his estate to the founding of Donaldson's Hospital.
  • Walter Evans Edge (1873-1956) American politician; established the Atlantic City Daily Press (now the Press of Atlantic City) in 1895; In 1905, Edge purchased the competing (Atlantic City) Evening Union.
  • Katharine Meyer Graham (1917 – 2001) was an American publisher. She led her family's newspaper, The Washington Post, for more than two decades, overseeing its most famous period, the Watergate coverage that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Her memoir, Personal History, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.
  • William Randolph Hearst (1863 – 1951) was an American newspaper publisher who built the nation’s largest newspaper chain and whose methods profoundly influenced American journalism.[2] Hearst entered the publishing business in 1887 after taking control of The San Francisco Examiner from his father. Moving to New York City, he acquired The New York Journal and engaged in a bitter circulation war with Joseph Pulitzer's New York World that led to the creation of yellow journalism—sensationalised stories of dubious veracity. Acquiring more newspapers, Hearst created a chain that numbered nearly 30 papers in major American cities at its peak. He later expanded to magazines, creating the largest newspaper and magazine business in the world.
  • Stilson Hutchins (1838 - 1912) was an American newspaper reporter and publisher, best known as founder of "The Washington Post".
  • George Jones (1811 – 1891) was an American journalist who co-founded with Henry Jarvis Raymond the New-York Daily Times, now the New York Times, publishing its first issue on September 18, 1851.
  • Andrew McNally Co-founder of Rand, McNally & Co. Irish American
  • Keith Rupert Murdoch (Born 1931) In 1953, Murdoch became managing director of News Limited, inherited from Sir Keith Murdoch (1885-1952), his father. In the 1950s and '60s, he acquired various newspapers in Australia and New Zealand, before expanding into the United Kingdom in 1969, taking over the News of the World and then The Sun.
  • Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911) born Pulitzer József, was a Hungarian-American Jewish newspaper publisher of the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the New York World. Pulitzer introduced the techniques of "new journalism" to the newspapers he acquired in the 1880s.
  • William Henry Rand (1828-1915) USA
  • Henry Jarvis Raymond (1820 – 1869) was an American journalist and politician and founder of The New York Times.
  • Charles Prestwich Scott (1846 – 1932) was a British journalist, publisher and politician. Born in Bath, Somerset, he was the editor of the Manchester Guardian (now the Guardian) from 1872 until 1929 and its owner from 1907 until his death.
  • Arthur Ochs "Punch" Sulzberger, Sr. (1926 – 2012) was an American publisher and businessman. Born into a prominent media and publishing family, he became publisher of The New York Times and chairman of the board of The New York Times Company in 1963. He relinquished to his son, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., the office of publisher in 1992, and chairman in 1997.
  • John Peter Zenger (1697 - 1746) was a German American printer, publisher, editor and journalist in New York City. Zenger printed The New York Weekly Journal. He wrote unflattering things about the British government, and in 1735 was arrested and tried for libel. He was found not guilty, as what he wrote was based on fact. His case not only helped influence the American Revolution, but established one of the litmus tests for libel.

Journals and Magazines

  • Cyrus Hermann Kotzschmar Curtis (1850 – 1933) was an American publisher of magazines and newspapers, including the Ladies' Home Journal and the Saturday Evening Post
  • Hedley Williams Donovan (1914 - 1990)
  • Arnold Gingrich (1903 – 1976) was the editor of, and, along with publisher David A. Smart and Henry L. Jackson, co-founder of Esquire magazine. Among his other projects was the political/newsmagazine Ken.
  • James Michael Goldsmith (1933-1997) Anglo-French financier who became a magazine publisher and a politician towards the end of his life.
  • Fletcher Harper (1806 – 1877) was an American publisher in the early-to-mid 19th century. With his brothers, James, John, and Joseph Wesley, founded the Harper & Brothers publishing house. Credited with founding Harper's Weekly (1850), Harper's Magazine (1850), and Harper's Bazaar (1867).
  • James Harper (April 13, 1795 – March 27, 1869), was an American publisher and politician in the early-to-mid 19th century. With his brother John, James founded the printer J. & J. Harper in 1817. The name was changed to Harper & Brothers in 1825 when the two other brothers, Wesley & Fletcher Harper, joined their brothers. With the name change the company also broadened their printing business to also include publishing services.
  • John Harper(1797-1875}With his brother James, founded the printer J. & J. Harper in 1817 - the company changed its name to "Harper & Brothers" in 1833.
  • Joseph Wesley Harper (1801-1870) purchased a partnership in the brother’s firm in 1823. He was the brother whose literary judgment was relied on by the others.
  • Joseph Wesley Harper, Jr. (1830-1896) son of Joseph Wesley Harperabove. Publisher with Harper & Brothers, the firm started by his father and uncles. He was also a trustee of Columbia College for many years.
  • Henry Sleeper Harper (1864 - 1944)
  • John Harold Johnson (1918 – 2005) was an American businessman and publisher. He was the founder of the Johnson Publishing Company. The first edition of Negro Digest was published in 1942. Negro Digest/Black World achieved some success and at its height had a circulation of more than 100,000, but it was dwarfed by Johnson's subsequent publication, Ebony, which was so popular that its initial run of 25,000 copies easily sold out.
  • David A. Smart (1892 – 1952), co-founder of Esquire magazine, and, with his brother Alfred Smart (1895-1951), co-publisher of Esquire and Coronet.


  • Ricciardo Amadino (fl. 1572–1621) was a Venetian printer. He briefly attempted to publish music on his own in 1579, but was unsuccessful. He joined with Giacomo Vincenti, with whom he published over 80 books between 1583 and 1586. Many of these were reprints of popular madrigal books, but some were first printings. Their partnership ended around 1586, but they continued to work together occasionally.
  • Andrea Antico (also Andrea Antico da Montona, Anticho, Antiquo) (c. 1480 – after 1538) was an Italian music printer, editor, publisher and composer of the Renaissance, of Istrian birth, active in Rome and in Venice. He was the first printer of sacred music in Rome, and the earliest competitor of Venetian Ottaviano Petrucci, who is regarded as the first significant music printer.
  • Pierre Attaingnant (or Attaignant) (c. 1494 – late 1551 or 1552) was a French music printer, active in Paris.
  • Vittorio Baldini (died 1618) was an Italian printer and engraver. He started publishing in Venice, where he was born, and later moved to Ferrara, joining the court of Duke Alfonso II d'Este in mid-to-late 1582, where he was the official ducal music printer. He may have met the duke through Giulio Cesare Brancaccio, whose translation and commentary on Julius Caesar's Commentarii de Bello Gallico Baldini printed in early 1582.
  • Adam Berg (1540–1610) was a German printer and publisher who is best remembered for his work as a music publisher and for his publication of Catholic religious texts. His publishing company was based in Munich, and he actively published music there from 1567–1597.
  • Benjamin Carr (1768 – 1831) was an American composer, singer, teacher, and music publisher. Born in London.
  • John Cole (c.1774 - 1855) was a British-born American music printer, publisher and composer based in Baltimore.
  • Anton (or Antonio) Diabelli (1781 – 1858) was an Austrian music publisher, editor and composer. Best known in his time as a publisher, he is most familiar today as the composer of the waltz on which Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his set of thirty-three Diabelli Variations
  • Marie-Auguste Massacrié-Durand (Paris, 18 July 1830-31 May 1909) was a French organist, publisher, and composer of classical music.
  • Emil Hertzka (August 3, 1869 – May 9, 1932) was an influential and pioneering music publisher who was responsible for printing and promoting some of the most important European musical works of the 20th century.
  • James Hewitt (1770 – 1827) was an American conductor, composer and music publisher.

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Other Publishers


List of Publishing companies -


Top 10 - 2013

  1. Author House
  2. Outskirts Press
  3. iUniverse
  4. Infinity Publishing
  5. Llumina Press
  6. Virtual Book Worm Publishing
  7. Xlibris
  8. Wheatmark
  9. Aventine Press
  10. Bookstand

Hachette Livre UK

  • Barrington Stoke Barrington Stoke is a children's book publisher based in Edinburgh, Scotland.


  • Century, Hutchinson, William Heinemann, Arrow; Chatto & Windus, Jonathan Cape, Harvill Press, Secker & Warburg, Vintage, Pimlico, Bodley Head; Transworld, Doubleday, Bantam Press, Black Swan, Bantam, Corgi; Ebury Press, BBC Books; Virgin Books, Black Lace, Nexus, Cheek; Andersen Press

Faber Independent Alliance

  • Faber & Faber, Atlantic Books, Canongate, Granta Books, Icon Books, Portobello Books, Profile Books (including Serpent's Tail), Quercus Publishing, Short Books. A number of financially independent smaller publishers that have formed an alliance to share promotion and administration, led by Faber.


  • HarperCollins, 4th Estate, Avon, Voyager, Collins, HarperPress, Blue Door
  • Headline; Hodder & Stoughton, Sceptre; Little, Brown, Abacus, Sphere, Piatkus, Orbit, Virago; Orion, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Gollancz, Phoenix, Everyman; John Murray; Octopus, Cassell, Hamlyn, Mitchell Beazley, Philips; Orion Children's Books, Hodder Children’s Books, Orchard Books, Franklin Watts, Wayland, Hodder Education, Chambers Harrap

John Wiley & Sons (UK)

Oxford University Press

  • Oxford University Press, Blackstone Press Ltd., Clarendon Press, Gostick Hall Publications, IRL Press Oceana Publications

Pan Macmillan

  • Pan Books, Picador, Macmillan New Writing, Macmillan, Boxtree, Sidgwick and Jackson, Tor (UK), Kingfisher

Pearson Education

Penguin Books

  • Penguin, Hamish Hamilton, Allen Lane, Michael Joseph, Viking, Rough Guides, Dorling Kindersley, Puffin, Ladybird, Warne

Random House (UK)

Simon & Schuster


Journals and Magazines


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