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Top 25 Indie | Boutique Book Publishers (Spring 2020)

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Indie & Boutique Publishers

Indie and boutique publishers are smaller publishing houses that tend to specialize in a specific subject area. Indie and boutique publishing is common in genres that demand a greater level of expertise or that are only saleable to a limited readership. This category also includes a range of small presses producing content of local and regional interest. These houses may tend to work in geographically smaller and more dedicated markets selling local authors and stories.

Black & White Publishing

True Crime

United Kingdom

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999 by Managing Director Campbell Brown and Publishing Director Alison McBride. Since then, the business has grown into one of Scotland's leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond...CONTINUE READING

TitleTown Publishing

True Crime, Memoirs, Biographies, Faith & Spirituality

Wisconsin, United States

TitleTown Publishing was born from a wish made on Olympic ice at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Italy. TitleTown Publishing's founder, Tracy Ertl, rapidly grew her dream into a mainstream publishing company specializing in high-profile memoirs, survival tales, and true crime stories. Since its founding, TitleTown has had an international bestseller, a #1 Amazon Bestseller, a Barnes & Noble Bestseller, a book on the USA Today “Top 100 Books” list, and we’ve celebrated a three-week run on the New York Times Bestseller List. Our house’s stories have been optioned for film and television (with two, major motion pictures being released in 2019 and 2020), sold into multiple countries, and received extensive coverage through Reader’s Digest, People Magazine, the New York Times, Today Show, The View, Good Morning America, 48 Hours, CBS Early Show, Dr. Phil, and The Hallmark’s Channel’s Home & Family show, to name only a few....CONTINUE READING

Imprints: TitleTown Publishing Children's, Peregrino Press, Olympic Press, Legacy Media, TEN23 Media

Allen & Unwin Publishers

Non-fiction, Academic, Professional


Allen & Unwin is Australia's leading independent publisher and has been voted "Publisher of the Year" fourteen times, including the inaugural award in 1992 and eleven times since 2000.

We publish around 250 new titles each year including literary and commercial fiction, a broad range of general non fiction, academic and professional titles and books for children and young adults. Our imprints include Allen & Unwin, Albert Street Books, Crows Nest, House of Books, Inspired Living (MBS), Murdoch Books and Pier 9....CONTINUE READING

Nordic Academic Press



Nordic Academic Press is an independent publisher whose signature for more than twenty years has been a high-quality publication of scientific literature in Swedish and English. You can find our books and e-books in bookstores and libraries in Sweden, the Nordic countries and the rest of the world. The publication is aimed at anyone who is interested in new findings and current research in the humanities and political and social sciences...CONTINUE READING

5m Publishing

Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture

United Kingdom is the Ecommerce store for 5m Publishing. Our books deal with a range of subjects in the agricultural industry.

  • Agricultural Books

  • Scientific Books

  • Smallholders

  • Industry Professionals

  • Students

  • Individuals with a passion for sustainable / outdoor living...CONTINUE READING

Eleven International Publishing

International Law

The Netherlands

Eleven International Publishing is part of Koninklijke Boom uitgevers. A family business, Boom uitgevers was founded in 1841 and has since grown into a publishing group whose activities include developing multimedia operations that provide information of the highest standard for the nation...CONTINUE READING

The Crowood Press

Instructional, Informational

United Kingdom

The Crowood Press was founded in 1982 by John Dennis, who remains the company's owner and Chairman. John not only commissioned the first title, Long Distance Casting, but also edited and designed it. When it was published he, along with his wife Tina, spent hours packing and despatching copies to customers...CONTINUE READING

Auckland University Press

History, Politics, Art, Literature

New Zealand

Auckland University Press is New Zealand’s leading scholarly publisher. Founded in 1966 and formally recognized as Auckland University Press in 1972, the Press has been at the forefront of ideas and creativity for decades...CONTINUE READING

Pan Macmillan

Academic, Fiction, Non-fiction

United Kingdom

Pan Macmillan UK is one of the largest general book publishers in the UK, with imprints including Macmillan, Mantle, Pan, Picador, Boxtree, Sidgwick & Jackson, Bello, Tor, Kingfisher, Macmillan Children's Books, Two Hoots, Bluebird, Campbell Books, Macmillan New Writing and Macmillan Digital Audio. Pan Macmillan is part of Macmillan Publishers International Limited...CONTINUE READING

New Chapter Press


New York, United States

New Chapter Media is a full-service, boutique marketing agency with a specialty in sports. The company was founded in 1987 as a book publishing company – New Chapter Press – and morphed into a sales, marketing and publishing company in 2006,...CONTINUE READING

Albert Whitman & Company

Children's Literature

Illinois, United States

All Albert Whitman & Company books treat their readers in a caring and respectful manner, helping them to grow intellectually and emotionally. We are dedicated to continuing our tradition of creating award-worthy books for children...CONTINUE READING

At Bay Press



At Bay Press is an independent, award-winning publisher. We strive to seek out new work by undiscovered authors and artists and bring their work to light. We are known for original, thoughtful content as well as exceptionally crafted and well designed titles, some of which are constructed by hand.

At Bay Press is a member of the Association of Canadian Publishers, Association of Manitoba Book Publishers, the Literary Press Group, the Fine Press Book Association and the Canadian Book Binders and Book Artists Guild...CONTINUE READING

Elliot & Thompson

Non-fiction, Selected Fiction

United Kingdom

Elliott & Thompson is a vibrant, fast-growing publishing house at the heart of the creative independent sector. We aim to produce books that are beautiful objects and that also inform, inspire and bring enjoyment to a wide range of readers...CONTINUE READING

KPO Creative LLC Children's Literature

Michigan, United States

KPO Creative LLC is a creative children’s publishing company based out of Traverse City, Michigan.  Our primary objective is producing creative content for children featuring four board books in our Creative Kids Series by award-winning author, Kristy Kurjan.  The Creative Kids Board Book Series includes four titles: I Spy… A Pig in A Plane, Nap-a-Roo, Dream Sweet Dreams & The Many Ways To Say I Love You.  These books represent sweet and simple poetry for early readers.  Kristy Kurjan’s first book, Nap-A-Roo, illustrated by Tyler Parker, has won numerous awards in the children’s book industry...CONTINUE READING

Libri Publishing

Management, Professional Development, Health and Medicine

United Kingdom

Libri is a publishing company committed to providing innovative, high quality, challenging publications for readers and a highly responsive publishing service for authors and client organisations...CONTINUE READING

Aalborg University Press

Political Science, Media Studies, Cultural Studies


Aalborg University Press is a self-governing institution founded on 1 January 1978 by employees at Aalborg University.The publishing house is operated as a commercial fund on a non-profit basis, so that any profits are used to strengthen and expand the publishing business...CONTINUE READING

Trans Pacific Press

Social Sciences


Trans Pacific Press was established in Melbourne, Australia, at the beginning of the year 2000 to publish scholarly books in English on Japan, Asia, and beyond. TPP focuses on ground-breaking studies in the social sciences, originally published in Japanese and translated into English for global circulation. We have published many of the greatest thinkers and scholars of the last 20 years. TPP also has partnered with many of the most influential university presses, including Kyoto University Press and University of Tokyo Press, to co-publish book series...CONTINUE READING

Intrigue Publishing

Crime, Romance, Young Adult

Maryland, United States

Intrigue Publishing was established in May 2012 with the objective of publishing at least six books each year. We strive to publish books by authors who have a unique perspective and compelling authority. These will be works that intrigue the reader, that is, arouse the reader’s curiosity with their unusual, new, fascinating and compelling qualities...CONTINUE READING

UWA Publishing

Fiction, Non-fiction, Art, Natural History


UWA Publishing is a part of the University of Western Australia and publishes books of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and natural history, as well as a scholarly series.

UWA Publishing is situated within a community of scholars serious about knowledge and new ideas. It is a privilege to be part of this world of learning, a position that informs our approach to the world at large...CONTINUE READING

Mirror Books

Fiction, Non-fiction

United Kingdom

Mirror Books is part of Reach Plc (formerly Trinity Mirror), one of the UK's biggest media companies. Our aim is to publish brilliantly engaging books that...CONTINUE READING

Trigger Publishing

Mental Health and Self-help

United Kingdom

Trigger Publishing is an altruistic mental health and well being publisher, recognized within the industry and beyond for its innovative approach to publishing.

We share uplifting and inspirational mental health stories and publish self-help books to aid people in their own recovery, using the expertise and endorsement of highly qualified clinicians in every one of our publications...CONTINUE READING

On-Word Bound Books, LLC

Niche Markets

Minnesota, United States

On-Word Bound Books LLC is a small, independent publishing & media company committed to producing quality products for niche markets. On-Word Bound Books works closely with their authors in order to produce the highest quality product possible...CONTINUE READING

Holy Trinity Publications

Spiritual Literature

New York, United States

Holy Trinity Publications makes known the millennium-long heritage of Orthodox Russia by publishing and disseminating books and journals.

Through its utilization of technology and its integration with the worldwide book trade, we help to make the eternal truth of the Faith accessible and comprehensible to all...CONTINUE READING

Oceano Mexico

Children's Literature, Spanish-language


The collection produced by Oceano and its publishing houses offers options ranging from the elementary practical book, to reference works, in-depth essays and classic works that make up the history of culture. They all share a common trait: in the process of their conception and editorial production they have been prepared with a sincere vocation, with the strictest criteria of care and quality and with genuine fidelity to their authors...CONTINUE READING

Just World Books

International Topics

Washington DC, United States

Just World Books was founded in 2010 by longtime global-affairs writer and researcher Helena Cobban, who continues as our CEO. We publish the work of talented authors who write thought-provoking books across a variety of genres that expand and enrich the discourse in the United States and worldwide on issues of great international concern. Our emphasis is on topics connected with the Middle East and with war and peace issues more broadly.

Our books include works of strong, original research into the background of current events, memoirs by notable advocates for peace and human equality, works that celebrate aspects of Middle Eastern culture and history, author-curated compilations of shorter texts previously published online, and short-story collections...CONTINUE READING



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