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Cambridge University Press is the world’s oldest publishing company. Based at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England, the publisher was originally signed off on by the famous Henry VIII in 1534. Its first official book was printed in 1584. More than 470 years later, it is still an active company and is actually the second-largest university press in the world with a large global reach that most people in the 16th century would have struggled to comprehend.

The company has over 50 offices around the globe and employs about 2,000 individuals. Cambridge publishes roughly 45,000 titles on a regular basis. These include textbooks, materials for business professionals, reference manuals, and academic journals. The academic materials include textbooks on teaching, the social sciences, humanities, technology, and medicine. Authors from nearly 100 different nations have had their works published by Cambridge University Press. The company also publishes a large number of bibles each year.

Although the publisher is a few centuries old now, it still continues to adapt to new technologies. That is why Cambridge has made all of its academic journals available in digital form along with the traditional printed versions of them. Additionally, the company has predicted that by the year 2020, nearly two-thirds of its products sold will be electronic materials. Many of the textbooks printed by the company are available through the Cambridge Books Online website as well as through local college textbook stores that sell and rent e-books.

Here are some titles that have been published by Cambridge University Press:

Population and Society: An Introduction to Demography by Dudley L. Poston Jr. and Leon F. Bouvier (2010)

The Cambridge Guide to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages by Ronald Carter and David Nunan (2001)

Stahl’s Self-Assessment Examination in Psychiatry: Multiple Choice Questions for Clinicians by Stephen M. Stahl (2012)

Measuring Identity: A Guide for Social Scientists by Rawi Abdelal, Yoshiko M. Herrera, Alastair Iain Johnston, and Rose McDermott (2009)

Critique of Pure Reason (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant) by Immanuel Kant, Paul Guyer and Allen W. Wood (1999)

The Cambridge Bookshop is housed in a two-store building and stocks more than 25,000 books for students and professors. Located in the heart of the historic city of Cambridge, the shop has sold books since about 1581. Its current inventory is comprised of most books published by Cambridge University Press. There are a number of other outlets, including online, that sell these books and materials.