Founded in Chicago by the publishers J.H. Hanson and John Bellows during the early twentieth century, World Book, Inc. has a company name reflecting their mission to spread worldwide learning for children, the reason the company was founded. The companies publications are currently available in many countries and many languages. Since we all know that children are the future, the benefits of spreading knowledge to children around the globe are clear.
Customers now can purchase the World Book Encyclopedia 2020 for $999 online and get a free additional set of non-fiction books. That said, the 1999 Encyclopedia set is currently $499, for those looking for a more affordable option. Understandably, the books are often ordered and utilized by schools. As for ownership, the World Books parent company is Scott-Fetzer Co., whose parent company is Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
Best known for its bestselling World Book Encyclopedia, the company also publishes children literature, including picture books. And just consider how vastly distributed the World Book, Inc. reference materials actually are, the company’s publications are, in fact, available in more than fifty countries and in more than a dozen languages. And to think it all began with Bellows and Hansons observation that there would be a strong market for children-oriented reference books a brilliant entrepreneurial endeavor for sure. Just imagine how many book reports and research papers must have been written with the aid of a set of World Book Encyclopedias. Besides, making information available to children at the height of their curiosity is crucial.
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