Wordsworth Editions was established in 1987, but it was the launch in 1992 of the £1 Classic paperback, the brainchild of the late Michael Trayler, that put us in spotlight. This was back in the days before book prices could be discounted so the fact that we could offer titles at a fraction of the cost of existing editions caused something of a sensation, and made them irresistible to lovers of classic literature.
Many years later the formula still works, except it's not just book lovers that buy them now. Schools with ever-shrinking budgets find that the extensive range of set books that we offer the perfect solution, and the exclusive introductions that most of our books include are a real bonus for the student. And it's not just in the U.K. that you'll find our books - around 40% are sold abroad to every continent, so wherever you are, you're never far from a Wordsworth Classic.
The scale of all of this often leads people to think that we are sizeable organisation but this could hardly be further from the truth, as there are just five of us here, working in a comfortable office in a Grade 2 listed building in Ware in Hertfordshire.
Helen, our Managing Director and co-founder has been here since Day 1, and her daughter, Nichola, is now our Marketing Director. Avril, who handles our office admin, joined 1992 (just as the classics launched); Derek, our other Director, joined in 2003 and John, who handles our book data management, was added to the team in 2012. That's not to say we do all of the work ourselves as we have a network of old friends and colleagues who supply the specialised expertise where we need it.
We are far too informal to have something as grandiose as a 'Mission Statement', but we will say that we are totally committed to producing the finest quality books at the lowest possible prices, which is not a bad way to spend the working week!
[Picture: The Wordsworth Christmas Party. Left to Right: John; Avril; Derek; Nichola; Helen]
Caring for our environment
The production of printed books inevitably has some environmental impact, but we work with our printers, Clays Ltd, to minimise this. Some publishers print their books in other parts of the world to save money, and transport them back to this country, but all of our books are printed in the U.K. (Suffolk, to be precise) on FSC certified paper. For further details, visit www.clays.co.uk/about/environmental-responsibility/
Wordsworth Editions Limited is a limited company registered in England and Wales.
Our company registration number is 02090233 and our VAT registration number is GB432 2900 83
Our registered office is at 8B East Street, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 9HJ