Types of Book Publishers

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When writing a book, an author should understand the different types of publishing houses available. The following briefly describes the major types of publishers.

Educational publishers publish materials such as textbooks for consumption by students at various levels.

Scholarly publishers, including university presses, print works of research findings and scholarship.

Trade publishers produce books that are marketed to the general public. This type of publisher prints paperback and hardback books on various topics and the most bestsellers.

Small presses include independent and regional publishers, the latter of which publishes books on local and regional topics only.

Contract and vanity publishers work with individuals seeking self-promotion. Historical books about a company and biographies are examples of works that such publishers would print.

Electronic book publishing caters to business-related publications and small printers that have an interest in promoting books with a large publisher’s network. These books are typically the most cost-efficient to produce.