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PSICHOGIOS Publications is currently the fastest growing publishing company in Greece, and one of the Top 50 fastest growing companies in Greece according to Fortune magazine (Dec 2011). In 2013 the company generated a turnover of 13.6 million Euros, which is expected to rise in 2014 (annual results to be announced Spring 2015). In addition, it has been a pioneer in the publication of e-books, with a catalogue of over 1,000 books available in epub format, while it was the first publisher in Greece to release enhanced and interactive children’s books on iTunes.

 

The company was founded in 1979. In 1995 it became Incorporated and since 2007 its offices are housed in Metamorfossi, Athens. The company has a staff of fifty-five employees and countless freelance associates, and it has a catalogue of over 3,000 titles.

 

Μost of the foreign authors published are awarded and internationally acclaimed. Indicatively we can mention Salman Rushdie, awarded with the Booker of Bookers for his book Midnight’s Children, Dan Brown, and J. K. Rowling, who has enchanted readers worldwide with her Harry Potter series. With regard to its Greek authors, the Psichogios Publications catalog includes names that have been adored by thousands of readers, like Lena Manta who is the number one best-selling author in Greece over the last few years.

 

The company’s steady development is the result of the emphasis that has been given to business ethics as well as the values that have been adhered to in its everyday dealings with its clients and associates both in Greece and abroad.

 

In the context of the company’s social responsibility and working from the belief that we need to return part of our profits to the social whole. Throughout 2011, 0.10 Euros from the sale of every book by Psichogios Publications were collected and subsequently donated to charities. By the end of 2011, the total donations exceeded 200,000 Euros. Since 2011 Psichogios Publications has also donated to various organizations and individuals continuing to give back to the community.

 

Since 2013, Psichogios Publications has expanded to the greatly promising and rapidly developing market of Turkey. Based in Istanbul, Pena Yayinlari has published over 50 titles so far and another 50 titles will be published in 2015.

 

Mission Statement

Our mission is to entertain and educate the Greek readership by publishing the works of the greatest authors of our times in the Greek language, as well as to develop children’s minds by publishing the works of world class authors and illustrators. We aim at becoming the leading Greek publisher by continuously developing our employees, monitoring global markets to completely satisfy the Greek readership’s needs, and providing excellent customer service.

Our Supporting Attributes

  • Employees: Our workforce, which is our biggest asset and our biggest priority, is the main ingredient of our success in the Greek market. Our team has earned the respect of the largest publishers and literary agents worldwide. We reward their initiatives, dedication and the results driven attitude. We encourage and support their continuous development.
  • Selection: We strive to enrich our catalog by selecting carefully the best books that cover the demands of the Greek readership. Our selection includes books for every age.
  • Customer Service: We aim at the best possible customer service through our trained workforce as well as through the use of the most suitable technologies.
  • Innovation: We continuously challenge the way we do business and serve our customers.
  • Community Involvement: We actively participate in the social and cultural events of our country. We cultivate book reading because we are book lovers ourselves. We support small communities all over our country in places that need it more. We try to have the smallest possible environmental effect while conducting business. For more about our social responsibility click HERE.

Our Values

  • Ethos
  • Results oriented
  • Creativity
  • Mutual respect
  • Customer Service
  • A positive workplace

35 Years

In 2014 Psichogios Publications reached 35 successful years in the book publishing industry.
The fiction titles for children and adults established us and continue to keep us at the top of the Greek readership’s preferences. Our catalog includes among others, general interest books, “How to” books, “health and living” books, and biographies. We also publish children’s fiction, picture books, activity books and pre-school books that are well perceived by parents, teachers, and of course by children themselves.

The basic series and categories in our catalog are the following:

  • Fiction for Adults

o Historical Fiction
o Foreign Fiction
o Greek Fiction

  • Children’s Fiction

o Paperback:
Compass series – (for teenagers)
Small Compass – (above 9 years old)
Crab Apple series – (above 12 years old)
Lotus series – (above 9 years old)
Blackberry series (above 7 years old)
Strawberry series - (above 4 years old)
o Picture books (pre-school ages)
o Graphic novels

  • General Knowledge
  • “How to”
  • Essays
  • Albums
  • Religion (OYRANOS Publications)


The successful list of our titles is extensive and includes authors and books with international awards, listed in international and national Best Seller lists. Our list is enjoyed by a loyal readership of more than 200,000 members in Psichogios’ book fan club.
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Our Readers

The recognition of our efforts is communicated to us daily by our readers, who give us the encouragement to continue our search for the best titles in the Greek and in International markets. Our company invests a large part of its annual budget in developing and excelling our means of communication with our readership because we believe that the satisfaction of their needs works in parallel with the longevity of our Publishing House.

 

History

Psichogios Publications began their publishing activity in 1979 when their founder and current CEO, Thanos Psichogios published the first 4 children’s fiction titles. The warm acceptance of these titles from book critics and from the Greek readership triggered the continuation of Mr. Psichogios’ efforts to enrich the company’s catalog with more fiction books for children.

Psichogios Publications is a multi selection publishing house that aims at fulfilling its share of the cultural development of our society and the satisfaction of our readers through a book production of approximately 200 titles annually. In addition, we try to be in continuous contact with our readers, and we closely monitor international publishing and book matters responsibly and selectively.
Nowadays our catalog includes about 3,000 titles and more than 800 e-books of various categories that are addressed to readers of any age.
 

List of titles and authors

Some of our bestselling books over the last few years include titles such as Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, Love like Rain by Lena Manta, The Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong, The Angels’ Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

 

Foreign literature is an area of great importance for PSICHOGIOS Publications. Our company’s most successful series, FOREIGN FICTION, is made up of approximately 300 titles by classic and contemporary authors who have received both global acceptance and appreciation.  Among them are Naguib Mahfouz (Nobel Prize), Patrick Sueskind, Salman Rushdie (Booker Prize, Aristeion European Literary Prize), Margaret Atwood (Booker Prize) Antonio Tabbuchi (Aristeion European Literary Prize), Daniel Pennac, Stieg Larsson, Peter Hoeg, H. G. Wells, Alexander McCall Smith, Frederick Forsythe, Joanne Harris, Louis de Bernieres, Arundhati Roy (Booker Prize), Mark Haddon, Yann Martel (Booker Prize), Henning Mankell, Robert Harris, Zadie Smith (Orange Prize), Saul Bellow (Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize), William Golding (Nobel prize), Julian Barnes, and Graham Greene. Many of the books in this series have become longsellers (i.e. THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS, LE VOYAGE DE THEO, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE GOD IN THE NIGHT TIME, IL FARAONE DELLE SABIE, KNOWLEDGE OF ANGELS, and others) while other bestsellers have been successfully adapted as motion picture films (THE PERFUME, NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER, CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN, MRS. SMILLA’S FEELING FOR SNOW, and CHOCOLAT).

 

The series HISTORIC NOVELS, too, has been a corner stone for PSICHOGIOS Publications and has provided the publishing house with many successful titles. Among these are Gilbert Sinoue’s novels (i.e. THE EGYPTIAN WOMAN, AKHENATON), Valerio Massimo Manfredi’s exciting novels set in historical times (i.e. THE PHARAOH OF SANDS), Patrick O'Brian’s nautical novels, Denis Guedj’ historical BERENICE’S STARS, and Bernard Cornwell’s adventures of chivalry.

 

Over the last few years, Greek authors have successfully been published by PSICHOGIOS Publications. Today the catalogue of GREEK FICTION numbers 95 titles and many of these have become editorial successes with multiple reprints while others have received significant domestic awards. The international appeal of these titles has also not gone unnoticed and the translation rights of some of the books have been sold to various countries such as Spain, Germany, Italy and Turkey. Contemporary Greek writers such as Eleni Dafnidi, Chryssa Dimoulidou, Justine Frangouli-Argyris, Athena Hadji, Kostas Karakassis, Stella Karamolegou, Vassiliki Knitou, Thanos Kondylis, Dinos Koubatis, Persa Koumoutsi, Vangelis Koutas, Belica Kubareli, Lena Manta, Dimitra Mantheaki, Thodoris Papatheodorou, Magda Piki, Yorghos Polyrakis, Yiannis Remoundos, Paschalia Travlou, Eleni Tsamadou, and Maro Vamvounaki have entrusted us with their books.

 

Our NON-FICTION list is comprised of titles related to history and art, essays and studies regarding philosophy, literary theory, religious studies, psychology and political thought and psychoanalysis, as well as self-help and practical titles regarding health, cooking, etc.

 

In 2006, PSICHOGIOS Publications created an Imprint OURANOS Publications, under which significant and particularly interesting religious titles are published. Among these titles is the notable book about Jesus written by Pope Benedict XVI.


Following PSICHOGIOS’ long tradition in the field of children's literature, books for children and young adults remain a dynamic and continuously developing area for the publishing house and our children’s catalogue is made up of over 800 titles by renowned Greek and international authors as well as picture books, board books, pop up, reference and activity books for pre-school children.

 

J. K. Rowling’s HARRY POTTER is the trademark of PSICHOGIOS Publications’ youth and children’s literature list. Other successful foreign authors whose work has been translated into Greek by PSICHOGIOS Publications include Philip Pullman, Markus Zusak, Jeff Kinney, Jacqueline Wilson, Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, Astrid Lindgren, Eoin Colfer, Brian Jacques, Dimitri Inkiow, Domenica Luciani, Christine Nostlinger, Alyson Noel, L.J. Smith, Lauren Kate, Cornelia Funke, and Madonna amongst many others.

 

Established Greek children’s authors such as Eugene Trivizas, Loty Petrovits-Andrutsopulou, Angeliki Varella, Litsa Psarafti, Galatia Grigoriadou-Sourelli, Yolanda Pateraki, Kira Sinou, Voula Mastori, Antonis Delonis, Nitsa Tzortzoglou, and Francie Stathatou have also entrusted us with their books, while other talented debut authors have published their work at PSICHOGIOS PUBLICATIONS with much editorial as well as critical success. Since 2006, PSICHOGIOS Publications is also the home of DIADROMES, the most renowned and respected Greek journal of children’s literature.

 

PSICHOGIOS Publications objective and ambition is to remain on top of international publishing trends and to responsibly provide the works of great contemporary Greek and foreign writers to Greek readers. Strong emphasis is placed on the correct translation of the texts into Greek. In this vein, it is by no accident the translations of international works of literature are assigned to competent and awarded translators. Furthermore, our titles covered by a READER SATISFACTION GUARANTEE, which means that if a reader is not satisfied by a book or its content, he/she can return it for a full refund.

 

The aesthetic appearance of our books is a further aspect that is of major importance to us; and thus our art department is always on the lookout for materials and ideas both in Greece and abroad. PSICHOGIOS Publications maintains a very efficient information network in order to be kept up-to-date and alert about international developments and innovations in the publishing sector. In addition, the company participates in the most important international book fairs including those held in Frankfurt, London and Bologna.

 

PSICHOGIOS Publications cooperate with reputable publishing houses abroad, whose number is growing. Examples include: Bloomsbury (UK), Faber & Faber (UK), Hamlyn (UK), Macmillan (UK), Orion (UK), Transworld (UK), Harper Collins (UK & U.S.), Random House (England & USA), The American University in Cairo Press (Egypt), Hemma (Belgium), Hodder (England), Actes Sudes (France), Albin Michel (France), Calmann-Levy (France), Denoël (France), Flammarion (France) , Gallimard (France), Robert Laffont (France), Le Seuil (France), Odile Jacob (France), Arena (Germany), Dromer (Germany), Hanser (Germany), Lubbe (Germany), Oetinger (Germany), Thienemann (German), Diogenes (Switzerland), Harvard University Press (USA), Penguin (USA), Yale University Press (USA), Giunti (Italy), Einaudi (Italy ), Anagrama (Spain,), Tusquets (Spain), Gyldendal (Norway,), Norstedts (Sweden), etc.

 

Financial - Corporate Information

In 1995, Psichogios Publications became an incorporated company as we wanted to set the basis for a more rational and sophisticated management approach.

 

In 2015 we published approximately 300 titles and sold more than 2,000,000 books generating an annual revenue of €13,350,000.

Since 2000 we participate in a joint partnership with 3 other publishing houses in a bookstore chain named STARBOOKS. The partnership aims at expanding its current network of 3 bookstores into a national bookstore chain.

Corporate and Social Responsibility

Since its inception, Psichogios Publications has taken many initiatives to highlight its corporate responsibility; we are strong believers of a green planet and we contribute to various non-profit organizations like Action Aid, WWF, the Greek Immigrant Council, the Greek Anticancer Society and others, by donating part of the revenue that we generate from particular titles. Furthermore, we donate thousands of books to prisons, children’s institutions, rehabilitation treatment centers, retirement homes, etc. We print our books in paper processed without chemicals or other environmentally hazardous materials and since September of 2009 we use recycled paper in all of our children’s books.

We actively participate in recycling programs and we recycle the resources that we use daily such as copy paper, ink cartridges, computer hardware, batteries, etc. We also take care of homeless animals around our facilities and we contribute to the appropriate institutions for the protection of animals.

Finally, we believe that besides seeking profitability, corporations should operate and contribute to the social welfare by donating part of their profits back to the society.
 

Bookstores

Our books are sold in over 2,000 bookstores in Greece and Cyprus, as well as through our corporate bookstore in Athens. We believe that bookstores are the most important mean through which our readership comes in contact with a book; therefore bookstores are of the highest importance to us on our effort to serve the Greek readership. One of the biggest parts of our success is based in the great relationships that we have built with the bookstores that sell our books. We continuously exchange information with them and we appreciate their efforts in promoting our books. As a publishing house with great influence in the Greek readership, we will continue our support to local bookstores and refer our readers there for their purchases. Our orders are always delivered within a 2 day frame and we distribute promotional material (book stands, posters, page markers, catalogs, etc) for our titles to all bookstores.

Quality management

At PSICHOGIOS Publications we only publish books that excite us - what we, as readers, would like to read. Behind the selection of every book lies a whole group of people who have based their decisions on a number of criteria, with quality being their number one priority. Next, our colleagues in the editorial department edit each and every book to ensure the linguistic, artistic and technical excellence of the books which finally reach our consumers.

If, for some reason, a book does not satisfy our readers, they can return it - in excellent condition - and replace it with another one of equal value from our central bookstore. The Readers Satisfaction Guarantee is valid for a period of 45 days after the purchase. For more information regarding this guarantee, readers can contact Mrs. Anastasia Georgiadou at retail@psichogios.gr or call +302102804952.

 

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