Globe Pequot Press
More than 60 years after the publication of our first title, Globe Pequot Press is a mid-sized publisher and distributor with deep roots in major category publishing. Our imprints include FalconGuides—the leading outdoor recreation line in the country—as well as award-winning regional interest and travel programs represented by imprints and series such as Insiders’ Guides, TwoDot, Cheap Bastards, Off the Beaten Path, Fun with the Family, and Curiosities. Our general trade program is represented by the Lyons Press and skirt! Books imprints. Lyons specializes in history, current affairs, popular culture, sports, cooking, pets, fishing, hunting, and equestrian books. Skirt! focuses on issues for women: relationships, parenting, prescriptive self-help, memoirs. GPP is the North American distributor for two sister companies—Footprint Travel Guides and PopOut Map Product. We publish equestrian titles under the Western Horseman imprint.
GPP serves as distributor for Client Publishers including 30 Words, Alastair Sawday, Appalachian Mountain Club Books, Bradt Travel Guides, Day Hike Books, D&B Publishing, Everyman Chess, Explorer Publishing, Globetrotter, Jonglez Publishing, Montana Historical Society Press, People’s Press, Stoecklein Publishing, Thomas Cook Publishing, Trailblazer Publications, Western Horseman, and Woodall Publications.
We employ a full-time staff of approximately 100 personnel who publish, produce, market, and distribute a list of approximately 400 GPP and 300 distribution titles each year. Our corporate offices are in Guilford, Connecticut, and our 75,000-sq-ft distribution facility is located in Springfield, Tennessee.
Founded in 1947, the press was originally named The Pequot Press, after a local Indian tribe. It was an adjunct to the Stonington Printing Company in Stonington, Connecticut. Twenty years later, in 1967, the new owner brought the still small publishing company down the coastline to Essex, Connecticut and styled it as a publisher to the historical societies and assisted neighboring towns and other local groups with their publishing requirements.
In 1970 the company moved to Chester, Connecticut and expanded the basic publishing program to books of New England history, biography, architecture, antiques, genealogy and travel. The company published an average of 15 new books per year, including trade paperback editions of Guide to the Recommended Country Inns of New England and Factory Store Guide to New England.
The Boston Globe Newspaper Company purchased the Press in February, 1981, formalizing an association that had begun in 1978, when the company name was changed to The Globe Pequot Press. In 1986 GPP purchased a similar regional publishing company in the Southeast, East Woods Press and in 1987, 20 titles were purchased from Pacific Search Press, a publisher located in the Pacific Northwest. With the acquisition of the award-winning international city and country guides from Cadogan Books p.l.c. of London, England, Gateway Books, ICS Books, Falcon Publishing, Lyons Press, and Ducks Unlimited, GPP became the largest publisher of regional travel in the United States, with an exceptional concentration in the outdoor recreation specialty.
In the late 1980's the company began an international expansion of its product offerings by distributing some of the most respected brand names in travel publishing, each with an identifiable editorial specialty. These imprints included: Appalachian Mountain Club Books of Boston, Massachusetts, Everyman Chess of London, England, Day Hikes Books, Inc., of Pismo Beach, California, Mobil Travel Guides of Park Ridge, Illinois, New Holland Publishers of London, England, Oval Books of London, England, Special Hotels of London, England, Thomas Cook Publishing of Peterborough, England, Trailblazer publications of Surrey, England, Vacation Works Publications of Oxford, England, Waterford Press Ltd. of Chandler Arizona, Western Horseman of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Woodall Publications of Ventura, California. GPP also became the North American co-publisher for Bradt Travel Guides of Bucks, England, and Alastair Sawday Publishing Co. Ltd of Bristol, England.
In 1992, GPP relocated to Old Saybrook, Connecticut, consolidating all publishing and fulfillment operations into one 30,000 square foot facility.
In May of 1988, GPP became a subsidiary of McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc. of Kirland, Washington, which in 1994 in turn was acquired by AT&T of Basking Ridge, New Jersey and renamed AT&T Wireless Services, Inc.
On April 11, 1997, GPP was purchased by Morris Communications Corporation, based in Augusta, Georgia. Morris Communications Corporation is a privately held company with nationwide, diversified holdings in newspaper and magazine publishing, radio, outdoor advertising and computer services. Morris Communication Corp. continues to build on its successful 212 years of history through expansion and diversification in the communications industry.
GPP moved once again in November of 1999, and began the new century in Guilford, Connecticut, to accommodate its growing staff, with a new warehousing facility centrally located in Springfield, Tennessee.
For more than 30 years, FalconGuides have set the standard for outdoor recreation guidebooks. Written by top outdoors experts and enthusiasts, each guide invites readers to experience the endless adventure and beauty of the great outdoors.
Falcon Publishing was founded in Helena, Montana, in 1979 with one book—Hiking Montana by company co-founder and president Bill Schneider. From there Falcon went on to become North America's leading publisher of outdoor recreation books, its list growing to more than 700 titles before becoming part of the Globe Pequot family in the fall of 2000.
With titles covering the entire spectrum of outdoor activities, ranging from hiking and rock climbing guides to environmental preservation and wildlife identification books, our objective is to outfit your mind with the best possible information on where to go, how to get there, and what to see once you arrive.
A large part of Falcon's continued success as the world's leading publisher of outdoor recreation titles comes from our unwavering focus. Our books do more than lead readers from Point A to Point B; they engage the spirit of the sports lover and capture the very heart and soul of outdoor America, its fascinating history, and its incomparable beauty. 30 years and hundreds of books, tens of thousands of maps, and countless trips into the wilderness later, a FalconGuide continues to feel as much at home on a coffee table as it does dog-eared and beaten in a backpack.
As the leader in United States regional travel publishing, GPP® Travel offers a unique approach––we cover more diverse markets in the United States than any other publisher and each of our books are written for travelers and locals alike. We recognize that many of our most avid readers are in smaller markets and they want and deserve high-quality regional travel and location information. The breadth of GPP® Travel’s program provides a guidebook for every type of traveler: families, foodies, day trippers, long weekenders, bargain hunters, and more. We know people have limited time and resources and we are here to help them embark on their journeys, travel smart, and discover what each destination has to offer.
Our series and unique titles include: The Cheap Bastard’s Guides®, Day Trips®, Food Lovers, Fun with the Family, Off the Beaten Path®, On Foot Guides, Quick Escapes®, Scenic Driving, Europe by Eurail, 100 Best Resorts of the Caribbean, Caribbean Ports of Call, Where to Retire, and many more.
Discover Your Travel Destination. Your Home. Your Home-to-be.
The Insiders' Guide® series began with one local guidebook to North Carolina's Outer Banks over 30 years ago and today the series has grown to encompass nearly 100 destinations in the United States. The guides are the essential source for in-depth travel and location information to an unprecedented selection of cities and regions. Written by local experts, each guide is packed with useful tips on places to stay, restaurants, events, attractions, fun things to do with the kids, nightlife, recreation, shopping, local history, and much more—as well as a comprehensive appendix called “Living Here” that offers information for residents, that includes education, health care, media, and more.
There is a passion for travel and discovery at Footprint that has been reflected in our guides since the South American Handbook was first published back in 1924. More than 80 years on, our aim is still simple: to give travelers a refreshingly different view of the world making unique, memorable experiences possible. Over 75 current guides reflect the many ways in which people enjoy independent travel; whether exploring ancient sites, seeking an adrenaline-filled adventure or relaxing on the beach, our authors do all they can to bring our readers the very best of each destination we cover.
Footprint travel guides are designed and written for experienced independent travelers looking to get off the beaten track, escape the tourist crowds and immerse themselves in the variety of experiences offered by the destination they are visiting. The travelers who use our books are adventurous, resourceful and inquisitive about different cultures – what they have in common is a determination to travel independently and gain their own special experience of the world.
The books are written by experts who are passionate about the places they are researching. Our authors have often been (or still are) long-term residents of the country they are writing about and know the best places to visit, leading to books that are rich in attractions that are simply not covered in other guide books.
First introduced in 1995, TwoDot books celebrate and interpret the vast spaces and rich culture of the American West, from outrageous tales of Outlawry to the desolate spaces of Ghost Towns and from rip-roaring Cowgirl antics to the heroism of Schoolmarms. Our premier selection of books on the western women’s experience illuminate a piece of the iconic West too often ignored, and with books like Tales Behind the Tombstones, we examine the myths of the Old West and reveal the real lives of the people behind the tales.
Globe Pequot books tell untold or little known stories from history; celebrate the unique or iconic characteristics of specific places; and tap into local pride. We produce books that are lively and easy to read about people, culture, history, folklore, and Americana. And we publish popular, but authoritative, books on regional issues with national implications for a national audience. Our flagship series—It Happened in, Curiosities, and Spooky—cover the United States from Maine to California and Alaska to Florida, and our new regional series, such as Haunted, Myths and Mysteries, and Jerks in History promise to reveal the character of America from coast to coast and tiny town to megalopolis.
“The Lyons Press is a great niche publishing company. They put out books, good ones…
It’s a list out of the old days, when publishers released books they themselves believed in.”
Founded nearly four decades ago, Lyons Press is a vibrant trade publisher specializing in history, current affairs, popular culture, memoir, sports, cooking, nature, pets, fishing, hunting, reference and equestrian books. We publish interesting, entertaining and informative titles that are geared towards intelligent readers. Our books reflect our dedication to quality and high standards, from our deep and rich backlist to our bold and exceptional forthcoming titles. Lyons Press takes great pride in the process of finding and nurturing the books we believe in and bringing them to the audiences they deserve. We reach the consumer through extensive distribution in both trade and non-traditional sales venues.
skirt! is an attitude . . . spirited, independent, outspoken, serious, playful and irreverent, sometimes controversial, always passionate. skirt! books have personality. In addition to expressing the author’s distinctive voice, each volume in this imprint reflects our high standard of design and production, with original artwork, beautiful typography, and quality materials. You will find skirt! books on the shelves both in those nonfiction categories that reflect what women care most about today—relationships, parenting, prescriptive self-help—and, of course, in the form of beautifully told memoirs through which we learn about ourselves by sharing the experiences of others. We invite you to share our passion.
Knack is a fast-reading, highly visual series of four-color reference and how-to books that provide consumers with the knowledge they need to be become experts in their own right on topics that interest them. Unlike other how-to titles, these guides use photography as a starting point for making challenging concepts easy to learn. Writers are experts who convey their knowledge in simple layperson’s language. The design and layout feature clear, accessible photography and drawings that show readers all the options and take them step by step, whether they need to get a job done, make the perfect decision, or gain new knowledge or skills. The Knack series has a large category list, covering books on cooking, music, house & home, outdoor recreation, parenting, pets, sports, weddings, exercise, body language, self-defense, and still more general interest titles. skills.
PopOut began its life as an innovator of pocket-sized PopOut tourist maps nearly 20 years ago with the PopOut map to Bath, UK. Today we publish a successful range of international PopOut maps and travel guides for the worldwide retail and co-edition market. The distinctive PopOut map formula combines novelty and practicality with elegant design, putting the map right in your hand when you need it most. The precise cartography and patented origami fold remain at the core of all our product ranges, which include PopOut maps, PopOut miniguides and InsideOut travel guides.
PopOut developed its brand further in 1997, publishing the first customised PopOut product. Since this time the custom publishing programme has gone from strength to strength with the compact design proving the perfect medium for creating dynamic custom branded marketing material. Our clients span all industries from high-end retailers to hotel groups, and from sporting event sponsors to pharmaceutical companies. Not all our products use mapping on the PopOut element as this area works well to deliver a variety of marketing messages such as venue plans, key product features and diagrams. The range of PopOut formats and finishes continues to grow in response to our client requirements and includes everything from perforated mailers for direct marketing campaigns to PopOuts with CD and key card inserts.
Innovation remains at the core of the PopOut brand and spurs us to create quality travel products and provide original solutions for all our future clients’ needs.