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Established in 1974, DK publishes bestselling, award-winning and visually stunning reference books for adults and children. From travel guides and activity books, through to food, history, film and much more, DK makes ideas come to life. Owned by media group Pearson PLC, DK is part of the Penguin Group, and also acts as a parent company for video-game publisher, Brady Games, and travel/non-fiction publisher, Rough Guides.

Our adult titles range from travel to history, cooking, gardening and parenting; plus a wide range of other subjects. As well as creating beautiful books, DK is increasingly making content available in a range of digital formats such as eBooks. DK content in all its forms is characterised by quality, expertise and accessibility.

DK is a brand that inspires trust and we pride ourselves on creating books with international appeal, working with companies worldwide who share our values and ethos. DK has offices in New York, London, Munich, New Delhi, Toronto and Melbourne.

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1974

DK was founded by Christopher Dorling & Peter Kindersley. It was initially set up as a book packager.

1975-1978

DK moves to new offices in London’s Covent Garden (home for the next 26 years) and produces its first eight titles.

1982

DK wins a major packaging contract with the Reader’s Digest.

1987

DK becomes a publisher in the UK, negotiating a contract to edit, design and produce a new first aid manual for the three voluntary aid societies: the Red Cross, the St John’s Ambulance and the St Andrew’s Ambulance.

1989

DK publishes The RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers and begins a long-standing and highly successful partnership with the RHS.

1993

The first DK Eyewitness travel guides are published. The four launch titles are London, Paris, New York and Rome. Full of colour, these guides reinvent the conventional travel guide. DK is voted publisher of the year at the British Book Awards.

1995

DK acquires Henderson Publishing, taking over the hugely popular Funfax series.

2000

Pearson, the media group behind Penguin Books, acquires DK. Penguin and DK relocate to the Strand, London.

2002

An exciting year for DK, with the publication of author-led titles such as Bill Wyman’s Rolling With The Stones, Supersex by Tracey Cox, and Matt Roberts’ Fitness For Life Manual. DK also launches the TOP 10 series, with 22 titles including Rome, New York and Paris. DK grows to become the UK’s leading city-guide publisher. The DK website is redesigned and relaunched to wide acclaim.

2006

DK launches the Pocket Map & Guide series, with ten titles.

2007

DK celebrates winning The Royal Society Junior Prize for Science Books for a record eighth time with Richard Hammond’s Can You Feel The Force? DK also  launches traveldk.com – a unique website that allows users to create and download their very own travel guide. The website wins Best Website in the Holiday/Travel Extras category in the annual TravelMole awards.

2008

DK shows its commitment to ethical publishing by producing Made With Care, a range of books produced using the most environmentally sound practices available. The original ground-breaking children’s Eyewitness reference series marks its 20th anniversary and Dr Miriam Stoppard celebrates 25 years with DK. The website traveldk.com wins the Travolution Award for Best Use of Technology in a Travel Information Website.

2009

traveldk.com wins British Travel Award for General Travel Innovation of the year. DK launches its first travel applications for iPhone and teams up with travel writer Bill Bryson to publish The Road Less Travelled.

2010

iPad launches in the UK and a new chapter begins as DK creates digital content. DK also launches Back Roads, a new series of driving holiday guides.