• Nilufa Yeasmin

42 Top Book Publishers in Missouri (Part-3)


22. College Press Publishing

Since 1959, College Press Publishing Company has been partnering with Churches, Bible Colleges, and Christians to bring relevant and challenging materials into the lives of growing Christians worldwide.


With hundreds of titles in publication and more than 60 years of customer satisfaction, College Press has established itself as a leader in providing local churches with accessible, Bible-based material.


Age-specific Sunday School curriculum, doctrinally sound Bible commentaries, and engaging devotional books have become the hallmark of the College Press brand.

2111 N Main St, Joplin, MO 64801, United States


23. Prospero's Books

Birthed on a bar stool less than fifty feet from its front door, Prospero’s fills a historic 1890 building originally housed a grocery store its first 20 years and a hardware store for the next 90 – very possibly the longest continually operated retail space in KC.


In the front window, a chessboard awaits a pick-up game. Colored pool balls top the curving stairwell into the book cellar. Further in, rolling library ladders cross the hardwood floors, pressed-tin ceiling, and exposed brick are accented with eclectic installations, original art, and curiosities from the building’s former lives.


Within an easy walk of 30 ethnic and artisan restaurants, neighborhood bars, and the tree-lined streets of Volker where one can visit the Thomas Hart Benton museum, the Scottsdale brownstone once owned by Harry Truman and the Volker Mansion.


On a cold November 19th, Prospero’s opened on the anniversary of Silvia Beach’s famed Parisian bookstore Shakespeare and Company – the birthplace of the Moderns (Hemingway, Picasso, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, etc.). Prospero’s quickly earned a reputation as home to a significant portion of Kansas City’s literary, music and arts scene.

1800 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111, United States


24. Walsworth Publishing Co

Walsworth Yearbooks is among the top four yearbook printers and is the only American- and family-owned publisher of yearbooks.


Headquartered in Marceline, a town in north-central Missouri commonly known as the boyhood home of Walt Disney, Walsworth was founded in 1937 when Don Walsworth started his own company printing playbills with a borrowed typewriter and a mimeograph.


In 1947, Walsworth began to produce scholastic yearbooks, which soon became the company’s primary business. Today, the company is one of the 35 largest printing companies in the U.S.

903 E 104th St #700, Kansas City, MO 64131, United States


25. Sosland Publishing Co

Founded in 1922, Sosland Publishing is a B2B trade publishing company focused on producing and delivering indispensable content for the industries it serves. Owned and managed by a family of editors and publishers, Sosland Publishing’s first 50 years were dedicated exclusively to the grain, flour milling, and baking industries. In recent decades, the company has broadened its reach deeper into the food processing industry (including meat and poultry processing) as well as into international grain and feed handling and processing, and most recently, pet food processing and the supermarket perimeter.


Over the past two decades, the company has steadily grown its digital presence while continuing to provide a wide array of print products. Today, Sosland Publishing connects its advertisers and audience of decision-makers through traditional media products by delivering more innovative digital offerings and custom media. For over 40 years our Annual Purchasing Seminar has been a must-attend event for the buyers and sellers of ingredients for grain-based foods.


Throughout its history, a content-centric approach has set Sosland Publishing apart in the B2B publishing world. This approach remains fundamental to the company’s identity and mission.

4801 Main St., Suite 650 Kansas City, USA


26. Half Price Books

That one simple philosophy is the inspiration behind the country's largest family-owned bookstore chain. But we do more than just read a lot: We buy and sell new and used books, music, movies, games, electronic devices, and collectibles in more than 120 stores and growing.


Half Price Books has been dedicated to literacy and environmental initiatives since 1972. We give back to the community by supporting hundreds of worthy projects, including the Million Book Donation Project and the Half Pint Library Book Drive.


Texas Bookman is the wholesale division of Half Price Books. To learn more about buying wholesale, discount and remainder books, stationery, and gifts, please visit texasbookman.com or call 800-566-2665.

1664 Clarkson Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017, United States


27. Mapping Solutions

Mapping Solutions takes pride in setting the standard for high-quality Landowner Plat Books, Plat Maps, Custom Maps, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).


Established in the early 1970s to support map and Plat Book production for local governments in Missouri, we cultivated our business through superior service and quality products. We now serve more than 500 counties in 16 states, from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico!


We are located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and all production and printing are done on-site by a staff of some of the best cartographers and geographic data stewards in the midwest. Our team is dedicated to offering the best products and services at the best value.


Helping you is our number one goal, and offer a full range of cartographic support and production to fit any size project or budget, leveraging ESRI GIS technology throughout all processes to deliver the highest quality products and services.

15415 State Rte 92, Kearney, MO 64060, United States


28. Apotheosis Comics & Lounge

It’s fitting that Apotheosis Comics celebrated its grand opening right when Superman turned 80. The values of Apotheosis Comics reflect those of the Man of Steel: Do good. Expose the truth. Put on the cape.

In our current climate, there’s a tremendous need to show people that there’s altruism, there’s integrity, there’s hope. Apotheosis is not just a store. It’s a community gathering place. That’s why, in addition to stocking thousands of comic-book and graphic-novel titles, Apotheosis features a welcoming bar area offering coffee, local craft beers, wine, and snacks. The shop also maintains a full calendar of events, including reading groups for kids each Saturday morning.

At the heart of Apotheosis Comics is service to the community, and the store will frequently organize food drives, neighborhood cleanups, and voter-registration events. We're glad to be here, and we're just getting started. Want to know more? Stop in today.

3206 S Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63118, United States


29. JBS Publishing

JBS-Publishing was launched in June 2013. If you are willing to put the time in to write a book, then JBS-Publishing is willing to put the time in to help get your books published. We have a 97% acceptance rate.Some authors are simply lacking the creative eye to take their manuscript to the next level. Please do not take offense to this because this is quite common of most authors.


​The creative team at JBS-Publishing is up to the challenge. We believe in making dreams become a reality. The owner has personally researched and compared the costs of publishing and editorial services against the industry standards and we make it our personal goal to remain financially economical for customers in this industry. This will not cheapen a book or websites' design.


​Other publishing companies like IUniverse and AuthorHouse charge authors upwards of $12,000 per accepted manuscript and the publisher keeps the majority of the royalties. JBS-Publishing pays royalties upwards of 70%. as opposed to the industry standard of upwards of 11%. We believe that authors should receive a return on their investment.

162 Shadow View Dr, Manchester, MO 63021, United States


30. College Press Publishing

Since 1959, College Press Publishing Company has been partnering with Churches, Bible Colleges, and Christians to bring relevant and challenging materials into the lives of growing Christians worldwide.


With hundreds of titles in publication and more than 60 years of customer satisfaction, College Press has established itself as a leader in providing local churches with accessible, Bible-based material.


Age-specific Sunday School curriculum, doctrinally sound Bible commentaries, and engaging devotional books have become the hallmark of the College Press brand.

2111 N Main St C, Joplin, MO 64801, United States


31. Guide Book Publishing

A Guide Book Publishing we strive to continuously offer the best direct-mail communication tool on the market for both congregations and businesses. We are now serving over 900 congregations and over 8,000 businesses each year in 25 states, and are dedicated to serving the needs of each and every customer.


GBP was founded by Bob Vogt and Jim Masterson on April 2nd, 1991 with the idea to produce a stewardship/directory book for congregations that would be directly mailed into each member's home. They started the business out of their homes, moving into their first office building in 1992. In 1993, GBP purchased their first press equipment and hired its first pressman, who is still with the company today. On June 14th, 1999, GBP moved into its current headquarter building to provide room for more departments, expanded press capabilities, and more storage space.


In January 2004, Bob Vogt bought out Jim Masterson's partnership interest and D.A. Robbins & Bill Fisher became partners with Bob. During the 2009 depression, they expanded printing capabilities and quality with the installation of new digital presses. In 2013, GBP partnered with an Evansville company to launch Online Directories & Mobile Apps for their congregations bringing in the opportunity for online advertising in addition to the valued printed books.


Most recently in 2019, Bill Fisher and Amanda Vogt have bought out D.A. Robbin's partnership interest. Together with Bob Vogt, they are looking forward to continued growth and product development through the installation of the first Canon Titans 6180s in the St. Louis area, bringing faster, cleaner, and crisper printing for the Guide Book & Directories.

322 Sovereign Ct, Manchester, MO 63011, United States


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