Book types

When you choose the type of book you want to publish, you need to understand the distinctions between the various options, and what purposes and audiences each serves. 

You can maximize your relevance and impact when you align your content and writing with the type of publication you are preparing.

Types of books we publish

  • Monograph: A book intended to be a complete treatment of a single subject, written by one or few co-authors.
  • Contributed work: A book intended to be a complete treatment of a single subject written by multiple contributors led by a volume editor.
  • Encyclopedia: A book or set of books offering comprehensive information on all or specialized areas of knowledge arranged according to alphabetic table of contents.
  • Textbook: A book intended for use in education, usually providing an overview of a subject. 
  • Reference: A book such as encyclopedias and dictionaries that are not intended to be read front to back, but to provide specific facts when needed.
  • Proceedings: A book covering (a selection of) lectures or papers given at a conference or workshop.
  • Thesis: A book detailing an author's research, written to fulfill the requirements for attaining a degree.
  • Professional book: Presentation of a field for the advanced training of persons working in this field.
  • General interest: A book intended for a general readership without expertise in the field - its style, layout, and presentation targets a broad audience.
  • Handbook: A well-structured and exhaustive chapter wise presentation of a usually broad documentation of the status of a research field.
  • SpringerBriefs: Concise summaries of 24,000-52,000 words on cutting-edge research and practical applications across a wide spectrum of fields. These are unique to the Springer imprint.
  • Palgrave Pivot: At length of 25,000 and 50,000 words these publications in the humanities, social sciences and business, take advantage of a swift and flexible publication process to dramatically reduce publication times.