Announcing a new imprint: Princeton WILDGuides


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April 2012 — Princeton University Press, a leading publisher of natural history titles, is pleased to announce the acquisition of the WILDGuides natural history list and the formation of a new imprint: Princeton WILDGuides.



“The WILDGuides imprint at PUP will fit into a program dedicated to natural history titles, and already published through series like Princeton Pocket Guides and Princeton Field Guides.”–Publishers Weekly

Princeton, NJ – (April 12, 2012) — In recent years, Princeton University Press and UK-based publisher WILDGuides co-published several titles including Nightjars of the World by Nigel Cleere and Antarctic Wildlife by James Lowen. Under the new agreement, Princeton University Press acquires rights to the WILDGuides existing catalog of books including The Jewel Hunter by Chris Gooddie and authoritative British guides like Britain’s Dragonflies by Dave Smallshire & Andy Swash, Britain’s Orchids by David Lang, and Britain’s Reptiles and Amphibians by Howard Inns. Princeton University Press also reserves the right to publish all new WILDGuides acquisitions as part of the Princeton WILDGuides imprint.

“We are thrilled to partner with Princeton University Press because they share the same aspirations to produce the highest quality natural history guides available,” noted Andy Swash, Managing Director of WILDGuides, Ltd.

Princeton University Press has a long tradition of natural history publishing including popular series like Princeton Field Guides, Princeton Illustrated Checklists, and Princeton Pocket Guides, as well as award-winning bird books The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds and Avian Architecture. As Princeton University Press’s Group Publisher for Science and Reference Robert Kirk noted, this acquisition positions Princeton University Press as the leading international publisher of natural history titles.

“This partnership will allow us to both expand our footprint in the UK and continental Europe and to embark on ambitious co-development of projects on a global basis,” said Kirk. “It will also introduce readers around the world to a wide range of practical, up-to-the-minute field guides and manuals, reference works, and the best in broad natural history titles.”

Princeton WILDGuides books will be available worldwide via Princeton University Press’s networks sales representatives and distributed through California-Princeton Fulfillment Services in the United States; John Wiley & Sons Ltd in the UK; United Publishers Services in Japan; and Footprint Books in Australia.

About Princeton University Press
Founded in 1905, Princeton University Press is an independent publisher with close connections, both formal and informal, to Princeton University. The fundamental mission of the Press is to disseminate scholarship both within academia and to society at large. The Press seeks to publish the innovative works of the greatest minds in academia across a range of disciplines including economics, mathematics, natural history, philosophy, art and literature, law, political science, religion, and history.

About WILDGuides, Ltd
WILDGuides was created in 2000 as a not-for-profit publishing organization with a commitment to supporting wildlife conservation. Over the years, in conjunction with Governmental and Non-Governmental conservation organizations, WILDGuides has produced a series of definitive yet simple-to-use photographic guides to Britain’s wildlife. We have also published field guides and visitor’s guides to a wide range of wildlife hotspots around the world. More recently, we have embarked upon a series of photographic guides to the bird families of the world in partnership with Princeton University Press in the USA. Profits from the sale of our publications go towards supporting a range of conservation charities worldwide.


The official press release is available for download here as a PDF.


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