About Laurence King Publishing

Publishing is all about embracing risk. When discussing an idea for a potential new book, I do not try to predict its sales. Rather, I ask whether there is something exciting or useful about it that might capture the imagination of its intended market. If we decide to take it on, I try to focus our efforts on bringing out what was special about the idea behind it.  If it does capture the public imagination, it will reprint many times.  If not, well at least we published a book we thought was exciting.’

Laurence King

From ‘An Interview with Laurence King’,
Mark Lamster,
The Design Observer,
8 September 2011
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Who we are

Established in London in 1991, Laurence King Publishing is now recognised as one of the world's leading publishers of books on the creative arts.

Our books are acclaimed for their inventiveness, beautiful design and authoritative texts, as well as the care taken over their production.

With approximately 40 staff members, we are based in Islington in London.

What we do

We publish books for students, professionals and the general consumer on advertising, architecture, art, fashion & textiles, film & animation, graphic design, interior design, photography and product design.  

In 2011 we launched our first gift products. Reflecting the design and production skills we’ve learnt over the last 20 years, they come from the relationships we’ve developed with some of the world’s best illustrators and designers.

We are also starting to develop new forms of digital content (including e-publications) that we hope will serve to enrich, rather than diminish the presence of the book.

All our books are available through this website, and worldwide through bookshops and distributors.

If you have an idea for a book that you think might suit our list, please go to our information for authors area.

Ethical and Sustainability Policy

Laurence King Publishing has an ongoing commitment to sustainable and ethical business practices across all the areas of our business.

We are a longstanding member of the Book Chain Project, an initiative set up to help publishers make informed buying decisions at every stage of their book supply chain.

We use PREPS (a database for responsible environmental paper sourcing) to help us source the most sustainable paper suppliers and PRELIMS (a database of the publishing industry Code of Conduct for suppliers) to ensure that we only work with printers who meet recognised standards for both labour and environmental practices.