John Wiley & Sons

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John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

legal form Corporation
ISIN US9682232064 (A)
US9682233054 (B)
Seat Hoboken , New Jersey ,United StatesUnited States
management Brian Napack (President and CEO )
Number of employees 4,700
sales 1.727 billion
Branch Science publisher
As of April 30, 2016

John Wiley & Sons is an American publisher primarily for scientific literature and has the form of a public company registered on the New York Stock Exchange .

In fiscal year 2015/16, the company had 4,900 employees and sales of $ 1.73 billion. Headquarters is in Hoboken, New Jersey .


The origins of the publishing house can be traced back to the printing works founded by Charles Wiley (1782–1826) in Manhattan in 1807 , which he soon expanded into a small publishing house. In 1814 he teamed up with Cornelius Van Winkle to create a publishing house with a bookstore, which was also an important meeting place for literary circles in New York. James Fenimore Cooper , Richard Henry Dana, Jr. , Washington Irving were among the publisher's authors, but also scientific, technical and medical titles back then.

After the partnership ended in 1820, the publishing house was continued as a family business. In 1834 George Putnam became a junior partner and founded and ran an offshoot in London. One published Edgar Allan Poe , Victor Hugo , Charles Dickens , Herman Melville and other great authors before they separated 1848th Charles Wiley's son John Wiley (1808-1891) took over the business after his father's death and when his sons joined the company, the name changed to John Wiley & Sons. Books from technology, science and medicine were increasingly published; the publishing house took a leading position in the USA around the turn of the century.

After the adoption of the Bern Convention for the Protection of Works of Literature and Art, the company began to expand abroad. The published works then also included the field of economics and social sciences. In 1961 they took over Interscience . In 1962 the publishing house was the fourth largest publishing house in the USA and became a public company. Branches were set up in London, Australia, India, Japan, Singapore, Germany and Canada and penetrated the textbook market.

In 1982 the Wilson Learning Corporation was acquired, in 1989 Alan R. Liss (life sciences) and 1996 VCH (which became Wiley-VCH ) as well as parts of Pearson Education, Hungry Minds (with the for dummies series), JK Lasser, Webster's New World Dictionary´s, the Frommer Travel Guide, Sybex (Computer), Wrox (Computer) and others. In 2007 the British Blackwell Publishing Ltd. taken over (now Wiley-Blackwell ).


  • The First One Hundred and Fifty Years: A History of John Wiley and Sons Incorporated 1807-1957. New York: John Wiley & Sons. 1957.
  • John Hammond Moore: Wiley: One Hundred and Seventy Five Years of Publishing. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1982, ISBN 0-471-86082-4 .
  • Robert E. Wright, Timothy C. Jacobson, George David Smith: Knowledge for Generations: Wiley and the Global Publishing Industry, 1807-2007. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. 2007, ISBN 0-471-75721-7 .
  • Karl-Eugen Kurrer : Wiley & Sons, Wiley-VCH and Ernst & Sohn . A successful family saga in civil engineering literature. In: Stahlbau , 76th year 2007, issue 1, pp. 1–5.

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