Berg Publishers

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Berg Publishers
StatusDefunct (2013)
Founded1983 (1983)
FounderMarion Berghahn
Successor Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters location Oxford
Distribution Macmillan Publishers (Except United States), Palgrave Macmillan (United States)
Publication types Books, academic journals
Fiction genres Academic books and journals
Official website www.bergpublishers.com

Berg Publishers was an academic publishing company based in Oxford, England that was founded in 1983 by Marion Berghahn. [1] Berg published monographs, textbooks, and reference works as well as academic journals. Concentrations were fashion, design, anthropology, history, and cultural studies. [2]

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History

Book Industry Communication (BIC), a trade standards group for electronic commerce and supply chain efficiency, awarded Berg its BIC Product Data Excellence Gold Award in 2007–2008 [3] and its e4books project accredited Berg in 2008. [4] Berg won the Independent Publishers Guild's 2008 Publishing Technology E-Publishing Award for its collection of profitable digital strategies in March 2008. [5]

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As of March 2008, Berg published thirteen journals. [6] In September 2008, Bloomsbury Publishing agreed to buy Oxford International Publishers, trading as Berg Publishers. [7] Since 2013, all Berg titles are published under the Bloomsbury name (under the imprint Bloomsbury Academic).

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