Based in Chicago, Illinois, World Book, Inc. sets the standard for providing accurate, objective, and reliable reference and instructional materials for both children and adults. For nearly a century, World Book has been committed to publishing products that meet the highest standards of editorial excellence while keeping pace with advances in teaching and technology.
Field Enterprises originally owned World Book before the Scott Fetzer Company purchased World Book in 1978. Today, World Book’s headquarters employees work in over a dozen departments that include: sales, editorial, digital products, manufacturing and pre-press, graphics and design, human resources, marketing, information systems and services, finance and accounting, operations, and digital applications development.
The World Book Encyclopedia was first published in 1917. Since its first appearance in print, it has grown from 8 to 22 volumes, as well as evolving from limited color plates to full color throughout. Additionally, World Book publishes dozens of series nonfiction titles for the K-12 market, covering history, science, geography, and other curricular basics. Today, the web-delivered World Book Online Reference Center and World Book eBook platform offer Internet users at home and in schools and libraries instant access to a wide range of World Book content. World Book also publishes children’s non-fiction and picture book titles under the Bright Connections Media imprint, and educational development and supplemental instructional resources through Incentive Publications by World Book.
Print and digital products are distributed exclusively to schools and libraries by our dedicated sales team, which has field representatives throughout the United States and Canada. World Book also owns a separate business in New Delhi, India, supports its European sales through a dedicated regional manager in Sweden, and maintains relationships with major distributors in countries around the world, allowing our products to be visible and available worldwide.
While the educational market and the technology that supports it continually evolve, World Book’s goal in publishing has remained constant: to continue to be an industry leader in the production of award-winning encyclopedias, reference sources, and digital products for the home and school. All products are executed with the commitment to ignite and inspire a lifelong love of learning in readers of all ages.