An overview of Dover Publications
Dover publications or Dover Books is an American publishing house since 1941. The company was brought forward with an idea of reissuing or reprinting some historically significant books in the market at a reduced cost.
These are those books which are no longer published by their original publishers but hold the value of being read deep down of some classic works.
They also have some reprints of the music collection in public domain works, notably C.F.Peters, Breitkopf & Hartel and of some renowned music publishers.
Now the Dover Publications is a part of LSC Communications since 2016. It was earlier under Courier Corporation that was later acquired by RR Donnelley in 2015.
Dover got established in 1941
Dover Publications came in origin by the contribution of Hayward and Blanche Cirker in 1941.
The couple started working from their apartment in Queens, New York City to sell out the remaindered textbooks through the mail. It was the time of World War II when the company published out their first book titled, Tables of Functions with Formulas and Curves.
This book became a major success and the Dover publications set out the business models for publishing historical works at low prices to the public domain.
With the majority of their reprint collection in the public domain, they made a vast expansion of the company in the 1950s.
Albert Einstein also gave his consent to Dover Publications to republish his work under the title, The Principle of Relativity, which came out to be the company's best seller.
The business of Dover was such a success that it even revolutionized the market of a paperback book at the beginning of the 1950s. Dover Publications next issued the language courses prepared by teachers from Columbia University.
They also produced several LP recording series featuring artists like Austrian composer Franz Schubert, pianist Friedrich Wuhrer and Beveridge Webster. But unfortunately, this venture turned out in loss due to its lower recording levels and it got abandoned by the Dover.
In 2000, the company got acquired by Courier Corporation after the death of its founder Hayward Cirker. It later came under RR Donnelley in 2015 which got split and Dover Publications came under LSC Communications in 2016. Currently, it is headquartered in Mineola, New York, United States.
The publication type for which Dover works
Dover Publication is in a market with more than 9,000 titles in about 30 special interest categories like art, history, and philosophy.
They are also on the list of children's special activity books, scores, music and clip art selling out their products to bookstores and mass merchandises.
Even they have good hold as a retailer to gift and craft stores. All these works by them have lapsed copyright and can be reprinted in the public domain.
Besides, they also work on the business model of selling a range of products directly to customers through retail websites and catalogs.
They support education at all levels by helping teachers and homeschoolers to get their reading and learning stuff from Pre-K to 12th grade.
They recently, released out their Halloween collection having stickers, coloring books, temporary tattoos, vampire paper dolls, and activity books.
Dover's market review
Dover Publications are hitting the market with positive reviews as they are providing the first editions or early printings of a variety of titles to their users at a low cost.
They are best in keeping all the content as a reprint in their entirety at a reasonable price. Dover's get its user the title range from those written in the late 1700s and into the 1800s and 1900s.
In 2015, they came up with graphic novel reprints making them more colorful with a new introduction. They are also up with Dover Thrift Editions in the market as they are printed economically being further sold to consumers at a low price of $1.00 to $2.50 in the United States.
Dover is in news for
In May 2017, Dover Publication launched out its first new imprint, Ixia Press, helping out the publication to move into original frontlist books outside of the graphic novel space.
Ixia Press will work on publishing 15 backlist titles and 10 original books annually. The company also focused on publishing books on topics like spirituality, business, wellness and leadership in the upcoming seasons.