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Kessinger Publishing
Founded1988; 36 years ago (1988)
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationWhitefish, Montana
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Kessinger Publishing, LLC is an American print-on-demand publishing company located in Whitefish, Montana, that specializes in rare, out-of-print books.[1][2] According to Kelly Gallagher, vice president of publishing services at a bibliographic information company, Kessinger Publishing is part of a group of publishers that "are opening up new publishing venues by producing titles for very niche markets and also bringing public domain titles back to life."[3] In 2009, the company produced 190,175 titles and was reported to be the third-largest producer of "non-traditional" books that year.[3][4]

The Register (UK) reported in 2009 that volume 1 of a book by Lafcadio Hearn was not available for a full preview because it was marked as "copyrighted material" and offered for sale by Kessinger Publishing. According to the article, some "scholars were outraged" because the book was previously in the public domain (accused them of copyfraud), and criticized Kessinger Publishing for making the Internet copy of the book "useless to scholars" by forcing them to purchase it.[5]


  1. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (April 30, 2010). "Authors Unbound Online". The New York Times.
  2. ^ (June 12, 2008) 'Love Letters' book in 'Sex and City' movie an imaginary tale, Albany Times Union (Albany, New York)
  3. ^ a b Strauss, Victoria (May 23, 2010). "Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics". SFWA and Writer Beware. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  4. ^ "Bowker Reports Traditional U.S. Book Production Flat in 2009". New Providence, New Jersey: R. R. Bowker. April 14, 2010. Archived from the original on December 20, 2010. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  5. ^ Eicher, Charles (June 26, 2009). "Copyfraud: Poisoning the public domain, How web giants are stealing the future of knowledge". The Register. Retrieved March 31, 2012.