About Us

About Us

All about Octopus Publishing Group

 

Octopus is a leading publisher of illustrated books. We are comprised of ten imprints, and as a group have extensive experience of working with high profile authors, trusted partners and associations to produce exciting, market leading books.

Our imprints each have their own identity and all publish highly successful titles of outstanding quality and content…

Cassell Illustrated publishes popular culture, history, entertainment, sport and contemporary reference titles. Recent high profile titles have come from an enviable stable of authors and contributors.

Conran Octopus was founded by Sir Terence Conran and Paul Hamlyn to publish cutting-edge books of the very highest quality in both content and design, and today the core philosophy remains unchanged.

Hamlyn, was founded by Paul Hamlyn and is one of the most well known names in illustrated publishing producing practical, informative and inspiring books. It approaches all the books it publishes in an accessible and appealing manner.

The ILEX list exists to address the new creative needs which are constantly being unveiled by the fast moving pace of the modern media, digital technology and popular culture. - See more at: http://www.ilex-press.com/about/#sthash.XoZCmUgR.dpuf

Ilex publishes beautiful and informative books in media, photography, film and popular culture, with a catalogue featuring some of the most acclaimed and sought after names in the industry.

Gaia Books are a leading publisher of natural health, mind body spirit, personal wellbeing and planetary ecology books. Gaia's vision is reflected in a range of inspiring, authoritative and beautifully illustrated titles.

Godsfield Press publishes inspirational and practical mind body spirit titles covering areas such as spirituality and religion, personal growth, alternative health and healing, divination and humour.

Mitchell Beazley is a long established family reference publisher producing books on a wide range of subjects including cookery, gardening, reference, natural history as well as leading the way with its award winning wine titles and bestselling antiques books under the Miller brand.

Spruce is known for its innovative design and beautiful books across a range of areas including cookery, biography, mind body spirit and gift books. It has a great reputation for publishing well-defined, distinct series which become backlist classics.

Miller's range of price guides for antiques and collectables are all you’ll need if you have a passion for antiques and collecting. From furniture to glass, clocks to books, Miller's will help you identify, authenticate and value your favourite antiques whether you’re a collector, dealer or buyer. Miller’s Antiques Price Guide is the 'bible' of the antiques trade and still the world's best-selling antiques reference book.

Philip’s is one of Britain's best-known map, atlas and reference book publishers. It publishes many long established market leading titles across road and street atlases, as well as astronomy and reference. Philip’s is now leading the way with innovative new product for a rapidly evolving market.

Bounty is a major supplier of bargain books to the promotional market. Founded in the early 1980’s it was the first reprint company set up specifically to reprint and sell backlist material. It draws on the vast range of product from all the divisions in the Octopus Publishing Group.

Environmental Policy
Octopus Publishing Group is committed to working with environmental organisations to ensure that our policies and practices not only protect the environment but also improve it wherever practical. Our policy is part of a broader range of social responsibility policies that include a focus on working conditions at our head office, a responsible attitude to our suppliers, equal opportunities and charitable giving.
 
Our view is that care for the environment goes hand in hand with good business practice and we are continually developing and revising a sustainable publishing model to satisfy ever more ambitious aspirations in both these respects.
 
Octopus Publishing Group is part of Hachette UK.  Read more about the Hachette Environmental Policy here.
 
Paper
Octopus aims to ensure that the paper our books are printed on is sourced from sustainably managed forests worldwide.
 
Over 95% our paper is certified by either FSC, the leading national forest management certification association, or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC), which provides the framework for the mutual recognition of different national and regional certifications.
 
As part of Hachette UK, Octopus is a founding member of PREPS publishers database for responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing) which helps us research the environmental credentials of a very wide variety of types of papers used in our publications. Our standard is to adopt 3-star rating as a minimum and this applies to over 95% of the books we print.