in 2003 and now lays claim to being Ireland’s leading independent publisher, with several hundred titles in print and an active international presence. We publish the best writing from Ireland, both non-fiction and fiction, by authors ranging from presidents and taoisigh to debut novelists and poets. Despite the dramatic and ongoing technological advances of recent years, people still love reading books – and physical, print-and-paper ones, at that.
We believe that, important as it is for a publisher to produce an attractive book, to the highest editorial, print and design standards, it is equally necessary to make sure that that book reaches as many potential readers as possible, in whatever format they like to read, and wherever they are in the world. Books are fully recyclable (we don’t mean lending them or giving them away – though that works too), and we use cardboard packaging rather than plastic. We are working to change the wasteful sale-or-return system which is common practice in bookselling.
Good publishing is a creative endeavour, and the work of many hands: editors, designers, illustrators, publicists, sales people, distributors and booksellers, as well as writers. It is a complicated and sometimes difficult business, but an important one. Here at Liberties, we strive for the highest professional standards in everything we do. We hope you find something to interest you in our new, redesigned website. By buying from the site, you are supporting an independent, Irish-owned company – and playing an active part in the multifaceted world of books.
‘Liberties’ was chosen for the place where we started: the west inner city of Dublin. But the name has at least three layers of meaning for us. First, it denoted an area where traders were granted liberty from certain taxes – and political interference – by the monarch in Anglo-Norman times. The Liberties was a form of free-trade area, outside the western gates of the city. This, together with the dynamism the Vikings had previously brought to the area, helped ensure that Dublin became an important commercial hub – which it remains today.
Second, ‘liberties’ is a nicely old-fashioned word for ‘freedoms’. Freedom of speech is one of the cornerstones of our democracy. A flourishing book industry is as important as the robust good health of any other part of the media. We hope we have played our part in this respect, and aim continue to do so. We hope we are part of a long and noble tradition.
Third, the first five letters of ‘Liberties, ‘liber’, are the Latin for ‘book’. Books have been a part of human society since very early times, and are unlikely to disappear anytime soon. They say that the smell of old paper is like that of wine: it is complex, and varies according to age. Our books are part of libraries, both public and private, grand and small, around the world: you could say that they add to the overall odour. Our first author, the Kerry sportswriter Con Houlihan, memorably said: ‘A man who will misuse an apostrophe is capable of anything.’ So is a man, or woman, who doesn’t own a book. Looked at another way: ‘Someone who owns a book is capable of anything.’ A book has the power to change the world. Never doubt it.
All our titles are available in bookshops in Ireland, the UK, North America and elsewhere. All titles are available in English; many are also available in other languages, in translation.
Trade customers in Ireland should contact:
- Butler Sims Ltd
Trade customers in the UK should contact:
- Casemate UK
Trade customers in the US and Canada should contact:
- Casemate IPM
Please contact us for details of trade discounts. All orders received at Liberties Press are processed within one working day of receipt.
Liberties Press works with literary agents and publishing houses around the world to achieve the best possible English-language and translation rights agreements. Our titles have been published in German, French, Polish and Hungarian. In many cases, Liberties Press holds worldwide rights for our titles. For further information, please email us using the contact form, or contact one of our agents:
A book typically has a longer life than most other forms of advertising. Liberties Press produces books to order for – and in association with – companies and private organisations, as well as private individuals. In recent years, we have worked with leading companies and organisations including AIB, Irish Ferries, the Irish Girl Guides, Paddy Power, the Irish Ladies’ Golf Union and An Garda Síochána. Publications have been supported by, among others, the Ireland Funds for France, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Heritage Council, the Arts Council, the Craft Council of Ireland and the Embassy of France in Ireland.
If you are thinking of using a book to promote your company, or to mark a significant anniversary, please get in touch. We can produce a book based on a finished manuscript, or help you develop it from the ideas stage. If you would like further information, please email us via the contact form. We look forward to hearing from you: we respond to all emails by the end of the next working day.