A new book detailing the history of family-owned US publisher John Wiley & Sons has been published. Knowledge for Generations: Wiley and the Global Publishing Industry, 1807-2007 documents Wiley's evolution over two centuries, from a humble printing shop to family firm to publicly-traded global corporation.
The book launch marks the culmination of the firm's bicentennial year in which one of the highlights was the ringing of the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
Sixth-generation family member Peter Booth Wiley is one of the book's editors. Since joining the board of directors in 1984 and succeeding his brother, Bradford Wiley II, as chairman in 2002, he has written five books as well as articles for numerous publications.
In addition, Wiley has created an online community for the book and its 200th Anniversary. www.wiley.com/go/livinghistory offers excerpts from Knowledge for Generations and a forum for visitors and Wiley colleagues to share comments and anecdotes that the firm hopes will add to the continuing story.
"Wiley's history is unique in the annals of publishing," explained Peter Booth Wiley. "Accordingly, we decided to tell our story in a way that we believe is distinctive in comparison to other corporate histories by providing a candid account of our successes and our shortcomings. We believe our readers will learn more about our Company and its singular culture in this way."