It wouldn’t be unreasonable to think online publishers now hold 90%+ of consumer attention. In spite of the digital transformation of all content from written word to video, print media is far from dead. According to Publisher’s Weekly, sales of books have continued to grow increasing 10.8% over five years leading up to 2017. The publishing industry is still valued at more than $12 billion a year.

For anyone who wants to break into this industry, whether in books, cookbooks, blogging, or general publishing, print remains the most popular format in the United States with book sales reaching whopping $650 million in 2020. If you plan to start your own publishing business, take a look at our best name ideas organized by category below.

Publishing Company Name Ideas

A stack of magazines.

To start any type of publishing company, you’ll need to identify a brand name that isn’t taken first. With thousands of small online and print publishers in the market, this could prove to be more challenging than you might think. Here are some of our best ideas to get the ball rolling.

  • 24 Hour Publishers
  • All IndieLit
  • Andrew’s Storyhouse
  • Best Progress
  • Big Idea Publishers
  • Black Papers
  • The Endless Magazine
  • Blue Bird Publishing
  • Bound and Found
  • The Cookbook Publishing Group
  • Brainy Publications
  • Case Bounded
  • Editorial Transformations
  • Reckless Writer’s Inc.
  • Elephant Company
  • Express Your Shelf Press
  • The Keto Press
  • Fresh Prince Prints
  • Get Lit Press
  • Golden Hour Publishing
  • Impressive Presses
  • Ink n Paper Press
  • Insert & Delete
  • The Raw Read
  • Jazzy Publications
  • Life Moments Press
  • Literate Ladies
  • Literary Wonder Prints
  • Lost and Bound
  • Miami Beach Press
  • The Fresh Fit Press
  • Paperweight Publishers
  • Pen2Paper Press
  • Penny’s Publishing Place
  • Pensive Lines
  • Peter’s Printing House
  • Pittsburgh Paper People
  • Prime Publications
  • The Book Spine Publishing Co.
  • Profound Printings
  • Publishing Experts
  • Radical Publish Shop
  • Sunny Day Press
  • The Epic Man Journal
  • The Dancing Pages
  • The Fleurons
  • The NovelZone
  • The Publishing Gurus
  • Travel Publishing
  • Turn the Page Publishers

Book Publishing Name Ideas

Print books.

Book publishers are different from modern media companies that might produce written, audio, and visual content for their audience. Instead, you’ll be laser focused on producing books in print or digital formats. As mentioned earlier, people still buy and read soft and hard cover books. If you offer higher-ticket item services like conferences, master minds, or consulting services this approach is a no brainer as a way to attract more buyers for these goods or services.

  • Adventure Time Narratives
  • Alliteration Literature
  • Awesome Books
  • Beach Reads Publishing
  • Disruptive Narrative
  • Before Time Books
  • Better Bound Books
  • Beyond Books
  • Book Bindings
  • Book Expert
  • Book to Book Publishing
  • Book Worms
  • Bookmarked
  • Thought Provoking Books
  • Books T. Washington
  • Bookventurer
  • Bookworm Publishing House
  • Eloquent Tales
  • Fanciful Fiction Books
  • Good Global Reads
  • Grand books
  • Literary Glitter
  • Literaturation
  • Lovely Literature Publishers
  • Mercury Books
  • Moving Books
  • Mysterious Monocle Prints
  • Petite Printers
  • Prospect Park Books
  • Quippy Quill Press
  • Rare Bird Books
  • Reading Frenzy Press
  • Riveting Novels
  • Sky High Novels
  • Stories for Centuries
  • Storyline Books
  • Textured Text
  • The Books Master
  • Voyager Books
  • Wisdom Park Books
  • Wordsmith Literature

Cookbook Publishing Name Ideas

Cookbook sales remain a bright spot for publishers.

Publishing cookbooks is still a big business is one of the bright spots in this industry with more than 18 million cookbooks being sold each year. Many people appreciate the utility of keeping cookbooks in their kitchen as a reference. Cookbooks also make great gifts for birthdays or other holidays.

Related Reading: 147 Artisan Cookbook Name Ideas You Can Use 

  • Publishing Flavors
  • American Cookbook Press
  • Blue Chef Publishers
  • Canal House Cooks Publishing
  • Chef’s Clan Publishing
  • Cookery Queen Press
  • Cooking & Catering Press
  • Cooking Passion Publishing
  • Cookwise Publishing
  • Eat Your Way Publishing
  • Eating Life Publishers
  • EZ Gourmet Publishers
  • Flora Cookbook Publishing
  • Food Fiesta Publishing
  • Food for Thought Publishing
  • Food is Life Publishing
  • Food of God Publishing
  • Food Therapy Publishing
  • Great Food Publishing
  • Kitchen Publishing
  • Marinated Press
  • Wild Edge Cooking
  • OatBerries Publishing
  • Six Flavors Publishing
  • Spice Toast Publishing
  • Spices Publishing
  • Taste Experience Publishing
  • Taste Edge Publishing
  • Tasty Table Publishing
  • The Century Cookbook Press
  • The Fannie Farmer Press
  • Cutting the Recipe Inc.
  • The Flavor Publishing
  • The Lost Chef Publishing
  • The Sacred Meal Publishing
  • The Vegan Press
  • Well Fed Publishers
  • White Jacket Publishing

Music Publishing Name Ideas

Records.

The music publishing industry continues to be valued at more than $21 billion in 2019. Although the value of this industry has continued to decline since the early 2000s due largely to streaming music websites and file sharing. Instead of making money off the music, most musicians now make their money from touring and selling merchandise including t-shirts.

  • 8th Note
  • Acoustic Cool Records
  • Black Jack Music
  • Breakthrough Records
  • Chart Toppers
  • Classic Sounds Records
  • Country Road Music
  • Red Sax Publishing
  • Double Rock Records
  • Harmony Record
  • Hit Makers
  • Iron Violin Records
  • Live Life Records
  • Love Music Records
  • Magic Brothers Music
  • Guitars with Gusto
  • Mastery Of Music
  • Moon Records
  • Music Box
  • Music Doctors
  • Music Enterprises
  • Music Lab
  • Music Masters
  • Music Men Records
  • Musical Machine
  • New Century Records
  • Filthy Trombone Records
  • New Chord Publishing
  • New Edge Records
  • Perfect Note Records
  • Pizzicato Records
  • Plainsong Records
  • Power Strings Records
  • Record Accord
  • Rhythm Corp
  • River Sound
  • Rockzzz
  • Royal Records
  • Singing Tunes Records
  • Sonata Records
  • Song Cry Records
  • Soulful Sound Records
  • Studio Magic
  • Supreme Sound
  • The Loft Music

List of Top Publishing Companies Globally

Printing machine.

There are hundreds of major publishers around the world, many of them having become household names in multiple countries. So for your inspiration, here are the top publishing companies around the world, in no particular order.

  • Bertelsmann
  • Bonnier
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Cengage Learning Holdings
  • Cornelsen
  • Egmont Group
  • Eksmo-AST
  • Groupe Madrigall
  • Grupo Planeta
  • Grupo Santillana
  • Hachette Livre
  • HarperCollins
  • Haufe Gruppe
  • Holtzbrinck
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Informa
  • Kadokawa Publishing
  • Klett
  • Kodansha Ltd.
  • Kyiwon Co. Ltd.
  • Les Editions Lefebvre-Sarrut
  • Macmillan Publishers
  • McGraw-Hill Education
  • Media Participations
  • Messagerie/GeMS
  • Mondadori
  • Oxford University Press.
  • Pearson
  • Penguin Random House
  • Phoenix Publishing and Media Company
  • RELX Group
  • Sanoma
  • Scholastic
  • Sheuisha
  • Shogakukan
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Somos Educação
  • Springer Nature
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Westermann Verlagsgruppe
  • Wiley

How Do I Name My Publishing Company?

The Continental Typewriter.

Naming your company can be a hard decision. But the first thing to remember is to stay away from the personal names. While it may be appealing to use your own name in the company, if you want to build a brand that you could sell don’t name it after yourself. Normally, when people see a publishing company with a personal name, it implies individual is self-publishing and that is an image you may to avoid.

There are of course, exceptions to this rule. One notable example is Dennis Publishing, founded by the entrepreneur and poet Felix Dennis. Dennis made his fortunes in the magazine industry owning titles you’ve seen on new stands including Maxim Magazine, The Week, Computer Shopper and PC World.  Dennis became one of the richest men in Britain and included his last name in the company brand.

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In general, a publishing company name should be short, catchy, easy to spell and pronounce. More often than not, the name of your publishing company isn’t going to have a major impact on the sales of your book. The title, cover art, and description of the guide will do most of the heavy lifting here from a marketing perspective.

In spite of this, take the time to brainstorm a brand name you can be proud of. This could be a couple of hours of deep thinking or a month of reflection. This name is something you’ll need to live with for a few years minimum as you work to grow the business.

What do you need to become a publisher?

It’s easier than ever to become a publisher.

There’s no universal standard of requirements you need to become a publisher. However, there are some things you will find it beneficial to have under your belt in order to succeed in a global industry. A bachelor’s degree in English would be beneficial, as would qualifications or experience in the communications and journalism industries, which would provide helpful skills to get started.

Of course, let’s face it. The rise of self-publishing has transformed the publishing industry. There are more than 1 million titles being self-published as e-books and audio books made available each year. Unlike in the past, you don’t need any money to create and promote a book title as long as you’ve got an internet connection and laptop.

The website you’re reading now is example of modern publishing. In the past, I would have had to invest tens of thousands of dollars to create and publish an industry trade magazine like this in print. This would have been a huge financial undertaking. I would have also need to pay top dollar for design services and shipping the content to consumers.

But not anymore. The internet leveled the playing field for anyone with an idea and the determination to execute. Keep in mind that even while we take the internet for granted as commonplace, this opportunity was not available for previous generations. Make use of the opportunity that this time period has awarded you.

If you have the desire to become a publisher, I say go for it. This is one of the lowest risk businesses you can start in the modern era. The next step is to determine a brand name and area of focus like cooking, business, fiction, health and wellness. I suggest picking a publishing topic that you both enjoy and has the signs of a commercially viable idea to move forward with.

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