Editions First, a publisher whose catalogue mainly focuses on practical guides and computer publications, offers a comprehensive range of collections aimed at every type of reader. An innovative marketing strategy has helped the company to become the leader in the French market for the computer book segment and to take third place for practical guides.
Founded in 1992 by Serge Martiano, Editions First initially focused on the publication of books on economics and business. By adopting a highly targeted editorial approach that identifies readers’ needs, the firm experienced rapid growth, and its catalogue of titles gradually expanded to cover three key areas: reference materials and essays, practical guides and computer publications.
Editions First holds a licence from Wiley for the famous Dummies guides, and is developing a French-language collection with such titles as Windows XP for Dummies for the computer segment and French History for Dummies for the general category.
This publisher was founded in 1880 by Ernest Gründ. It produces works on art, nature, practical guides and children’s books.
Among Gründ’s better-known publications are the Dictionnaire des peintres by Bénézit, which is available in 14 volumes, and which was first published by Gründ back in 1920.
In 1956, Gründ entered the field of European co-publishing with the collection "Légendes et contes de tous les pays". This was the occasion for an increasingly solid partnership with the Czech company Artia, a partnership that, following the Velvet Revolution in 1989, led to the creation of the Brio company.
The publisher’s collection of children’s books is also growing. Since 1987 Gründ has published the famous series, “Oů est Charlie?”, and the “Vivez l’Aventure” collection has given birth to various series of game books.
In 2002, Les Livres du Dragon d’Or, a publisher of children’s books that was created in 1989 by an independent company, became a subsidiary of Gründ. Its best-known collections include Barbapapa and licensed adaptations such as La Panthčre Rose and the Schtroumpfs. The children’s sector accounts for 50% of Gründ’s sales.
Gründ also does business abroad with more than 40 foreign firms. Exports account for about 20% of its sales.
Editions Gründ has been located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris since 1880 and, together with its subsidiary Dragon d’Or, generated sales of €18.2 million.
The group currently publishes about 180 new releases each year, and has a back catalogue of about 1200 titles. Gründ takes care of its own distribution through a logistics warehouse in Sermaises.
When Ernest Gründ set up a publishing house in 1880, it focused on the publication or re-publication of works on the fine arts with, in particular, theDictionnaire d'architecture by Viollet-Le-Duc. Editions Gründ strengthened this orientation with “Bénézit”, which the publisher first produced in 1920. The publisher of the first volume (1911) had abandoned the project, and Librairie Gründ ultimately took it over. “Bénézit” was produced by experts under the guidance of Emmanuel Bénézit and provides easy access to key data about artists using a simple alphabetical listing: identity, dates, origins, and critical and biographical data.
Between 1948 and 1955, the publication contained eight volumes, which made it possible to include significantly more artists. In 1976, the 10-volume edition enjoyed tremendous success, to the point that it became a key reference work in the world of art. A new 14-volume edition came out in March 1999.
The Bénézit is neither a directory nor a catalogue, but an in-depth, high-quality reference work that is supervised by an editorial committee of experts. Its composition makes it unique; the sources used include thousands of documents from specialist encyclopedias, newspaper articles, monographs, exhibit catalogues, and art reviews as well as data from public sales around the world. For the artist, being listed in the Bénézit is a significant form of public recognition.
Today’s Bénézit consists of 14 volumes and 170,000 entries. The latest edition came out in 2006. For the first time, an English edition was produced, under the title, Bénézit - Dictionary of artists. The English edition enhances the dictionary’s international reputation and widens its target audience, and reflects its continuing success.