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10 Top Book Publishers in Kentucky



1. Butler Books

Butler Books is a Louisville, Kentucky-based full service publisher of trade nonfiction, fiction and illustrated books. Since 1989, the company has published hundreds of titles spanning a wide variety of subjects, including History, Photography, Nature, Biography, Sports, Travel, Architecture, Arts and Crafts, Health and Fitness, Children's, Medicine, Cooking, Parenting, Women's Issues, Religion and much more.


The company adopted Minerva Books, LLC as an imprint in the fall of 2004. Minerva operates as the commercial book publishing company for the University of Louisville and its faculty.


Cofounder Bill Butler, who died in July of 2009, began publishing books in 1980. A former advertising agency executive, Butler directed several Louisville book publishing entities throughout the decade before founding his own, Butler Books, in 1989.


Bill authored 11 books for Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Viking Penguin, William Morrow, Summit, and Crown. He published over 300 titles under the Butler Books imprint, and designed, produced and marketed custom-packaged books for hundreds of clients around the world, including private individuals, corporations, associations, museums, trade groups, churches, fundraising organizations and major Manhattan publishers.

P.O. Box 7311 Louisville, KY 40257


2. Sarabande Books Inc.

Sarabande Books is a nonprofit literary press founded in Louisville, Kentucky. Established in 1994 to champion poetry, fiction, and essay, we are committed to creating lasting editions that honor exceptional writing. With over two hundred titles in print, we have earned a dedicated readership and a national reputation as a publisher of diverse forms and innovative voices. Through our internship program, Sarabande Writing Labs program, and Flo Gault Student Poetry Prize, we are proud to invest in emerging writers and serve as an educational resource locally and nationally.


Sarabande publishes ten to twelve books each year, including selections for the Mary McCarthy prize in fiction, the Kathryn A. Morton prize in poetry, and the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. Sarabande authors have won or been short-listed for, among many others, the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, LA Times Book Prize, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, Lambda Literary awards, Story Prize Spotlight award, and several PEN/American honors, including the PEN/Hemingway.

822 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206, United States


3. University Press of Kentucky

The University Press of Kentucky has a dual mission—the publication of academic books of high scholarly merit in a variety of fields and the publication of significant books about the history and culture of Kentucky, the Ohio Valley region, the Upper South, and Appalachia. The Press is the statewide nonprofit scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, serving all Kentucky state-sponsored institutions of higher learning as well as five private colleges and Kentucky’s two major historical societies.


The University Press of Kentucky (UPK) is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and was organized in 1969 as successor to the University of Kentucky Press. The university had sponsored scholarly publication since 1943. In 1949 the Press was established as a separate academic agency under the university president, and the following year Bruce F. Denbo, then of Louisiana State University Press, was appointed as the first full-time professional director. Denbo served as director of UPK until his retirement in 1978, building a small but distinguished list of scholarly books with emphasis on American history and literary criticism.

663 S Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508, United States


4. Pioneer Publishing

Pioneer Publishing Inc, publishes Small Market Meetings, America’s only magazine dedicated to smaller meeting destinations and sites. More than 10,000 qualified meeting planners read Small Market Meetings every month to learn about distinctive venues and towns outside the country’s largest cities.

301 E High St, Lexington, KY 40507, United States


5. Sam Publishing Co Inc

Sam Publishing Company, Inc. was founded in 1999, and is the publisher of "Who is Who Among Hindu Gods and Goddesses." This poster was created from ten years of research by a multi-skilled scientist, producer, designer and color painting artist of Indian heritage.


Sam Publishing Company, Inc. will not share any personal information for any purpose. Our goal is simply to inform curious souls about Hindu gods and goddesses. Your information will be kept confidential. Thank you for your interest.


All rights reserved. No images on this website may be used or reproduced in any manner. Images are copyrighted by Bharat C. Dubal.

Lexington, KY 40517, United States


6. Steel Toe Books

We are pleased to announce Steel Toe Books' most recent release, THe GReY aLBum [PoeMS] by Curtis L. Crisler. Steel Toe Books acquired this title for publication in 2016. Curtis L. Crisler is an Associate Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) He is the author of three books of poetry, as well as several chapbooks and novels; his poetry has been adapted to theatrical productions in New York and Chicago and appeared in a variety of magazines, journals, and anthologies. Crisler has served as a Contributing Poetry Editor for Aquarius Press, as well as a Poetry Editor for Human Equity through Art (HEArt).


THe GReY aLBum [PoeMS] juxtaposes hilarious poems such as “Hypocrites” (which imagines vegetarian zombies) with powerful elegiac poems such as “Hey Man.” There’s a lot of history in this manuscript, with shout outs to Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Lorraine Hansbury, and others. There’s also a fair amount of pop culture, with allusions to the likes of Richard Pryor, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Marilyn Monroe. Crisler is playful with structure and sound in ways that recall E.E. Cummings and Langston Hughes.

300 Whispering Hills Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, United States


8. Innovative Publishing

At Innovative Publishing, we specialize in association communications that make your message resonate with your members. We create professionally designed publications powered by your industry expertise and our experienced editorial and advertising sales teams, and we’re easy to work with. We’ll elevate your communications strategy whether you’re a small and mighty association or you have a dedicated marketing team.

From issue to issue, you’ll have the same editor who understands the nuances of your publication. If you’d like to talk to your designer, they’re just a phone call away. And everything we do is just for you — original design without templates, and custom writing to convey your message.

Informative articles keep your members excited about your association, and our efficient process ensures your content is current. We offer a fast turnaround without compromising on quality. Our sales team generates non-dues revenue that supports the critical work you’re doing while treating all potential advertisers with respect — after all, many of them are your members.

You’ll be proud to show your members and partners your vibrant and engaging publication that reflects your style and goals. Your message will be clear and your content will be accurate, and you can skip thinking about all the production details. Your Innovative team takes care of all that to make your life easier.

10629 Henning Way STE 8, Louisville, KY 40241


9. Jesse Stuart Foundation, Inc

Jesse Stuart (1906 - 1984) was one of America's best-known and best-loved writers. In 1976, late in his writing career, the editors of Country Gentleman magazine boldly proclaimed Stuart "America's Most Famous Chronicler of Rural Life."At that time, nearing the end of a five-decade writing career, Stuart had published nearly sixty books, including biography, autobiography, essays, and juvenile works as well as poetry and fiction. These books have immortalized the Kentucky hill country that inspired his writing.

Thousands of Stuart's stories, articles, and poems appeared in America's most widely read magazines, journals, and periodicals. His frequent literary appearances from the 1930s through the 1970s made him a nationally famous author. Stuart, who taught and lectured extensively, was also a famous educator. His teaching experience ranged from the one-room schoolhouse of his youth in Eastern Kentucky to the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

In 1979, five years before his death, Stuart joined forces with education and business leaders from across Kentucky and assigned his literary estate to the Jesse Stuart Foundation, a nonprofit educational and publishing organization.

4440 13th St, Ashland, KY 41102

10. Presbyterian Publishing Corp.

The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, one of the six entities of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), exists to serve and support the church’s mission. To do so, PPC combines an emphasis on the mission and ministry of the PC(USA) with a strategic focus on customer service and the employment of sound business practices. PPC, which has a religious publishing heritage of more than 180 years, was formally incorporated in 1994 as a nonprofit corporation. In 2018 PPC merged with Congregational Ministries Publishing and began publishing curriculum for the denomination. PPC is financially self-sustaining.

PPC carries out its work by building on the Reformed theological tradition and its commitment to the ministry of the Word, the life of the mind, and engagement with the needs of the world. Accordingly, PPC’s publications are intended to address the needs of the denomination, to make original contributions to religious and theological thinking, and to clarify ethical and moral issues that confront church leaders and the wider society.

With the worldwide distribution of more than 2,500 titles, PPC continues to build one of the most successful and respected publishing programs in the fields of church, academic, and general religious publishing—a program recognized around the world for challenging works by leading authors of diverse viewpoints.

100 Witherspoon St, Louisville, KY 40202, United States


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