Our mission is to bring you the world.

We think of Berkshire Publishing as something of a travel site, where visitors can learn about other countries and other cultures. We believe in time-travel, too, inviting you to explore past centuries and past millennia with us. As our friend and mentor William H. McNeill put it, “Genuinely inclusive world history is such a helpful, even necessary, guide for survival in the crowded world in which we live.”

Start Here collage

What we’re really about is community – communities of teachers and scholars, learners and leaders. In fact, Berkshire’s founder and CEO is the senior academic editor of the award-winning SAGE Encyclopedia of Community.  Listen to Berkshire Bookworld podcasts, join our discussion groups, and subscribe to Karen’s fortnightly Substack letter, which has stories from different corners of the world, tips and tools, book reviews, and recipes.

If you’re wondering who we are, flipping through the Berkshire catalog is a good way to start. Visit About Us to find out why a global media company has its headquarters in a tiny New England town. Then we hope you’ll write to us and introduce yourself. We love hearing from our readers and from teachers and professors using our books.

We are preparing for a world transformed by climate change. Knowledge matters, but we also bring things home, offering information about “home ecology” and grassroots action. Take a look at Advance Articles from the in-progress second edition of the 10-volume Encyclopedia of Sustainability. Bill McKibben wrote, “Assuming we’re wise enough to heed the warnings of scientists, this will have to be the century of sustainability. And this comprehensive set of volumes will help form the core of a library for informed citizens.”

China is part of every project we take on because it is so very important, and so interesting. This video explains how tiny Berkshire Publishing went to China.

Here are some our most popular blog posts from years past:

Because we’re inveterate researchers, we have a lot of recommendations to share and you can explore our lists, reviews, and product notes at Things We Love. You’ll find that we love travel. We love design. We love libraries. We love and hate technology. And of course we love food.

Become part of our community by subscribing to our mailing list for educators and librarians. You’ll hear podcast interviews on topics that range from geoengineering to pairing wine with Chinese food, and be able to join our occasional webinars. Maybe you’ll end up being a Berkshire author or adviser – and you’ll definitely learn about how to get your work published, and how to protect your intellectual property if you’re already an author). We’ll never share your email address, and it’s just a click to unsubscribe or reduce the mailings you get.