Parragon was established in the late 1980s to supply books to the UK supermarket sector. By the late 1990s, it was the largest publisher of supermarket books in the UK and investors were anxious to finance Parragon’s growth. This resulted in D.C. Thomson, a major privately owned Scottish media group, acquiring and expanding Parragon overseas.
Today Parragon operates in over 35 markets around the world and has offices in 10 countries.
Our headquarters are in Bath, UK, with regional offices in New York (covering North America and South America); Cologne, Germany (covering mainland Europe); Delhi, India (covering Indian subcontinent and the Middle East); Melbourne, Australia (covering Australasia and Africa) and Hong Kong and Singapore (covering Asia). In addition, we have smaller offices in New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark and Holland. In 2010 Parragon continued its overseas investment and entered China in a joint-venture agreement.
We focus on illustrated, non-author driven, non-fiction books. Our books are of the highest quality while still maintaining mainstream accessibility. We don’t publish books just because a trendy author pens them; we publish books that offer unbelievable value both in terms of content and quality.
Our main publishing areas are cookbooks, adult non-fiction, children's books and licensed character books. Within these publishing areas we publish under our own Parragon brand; under in-house brands such as Love Food™ or Goldstars™; or under retailers’ own proprietary brands. We create books for beloved characters such as Disney, Dora the Explorer, Ben 10, Discovery Kids, Power Rangers, Barbie, Sesame Street and Marvel.
2000 titles published every year covering 26 languages
From working with local book stores to supermarkets, online retailers and gift stores, we ensure our books are as accessible and easy to find as possible. Wherever you may be around the globe, there's always a Parragon book to inspire or entertain.
We are proud to work with many of the world’s best known retailers including Barnes & Noble, Marks & Spencer, TJ Maxx, KIK, Indigo, Wal-mart, Target, Tesco, J Sainsbury, Metro, Coles Group, Tata, Reliance, Waterstones, WH Smith, Argos, The Works, Karstadt, Amazon and Apple.