Publisher in the United States

Publisher Definition

One who, by himself or his agent, makes a thing publicly known, one engaged in the circulation of books, pamphlets, and other papers.

Finding Publishers

You can find publishers web sites (and their online catalogs) using any good search engine.

Legal: There are four major legal publishing conglomerates: Thomson Reuters (includes West), Reed Elsivier (includes LexisNexis and Matthew Bender), Wolters Kluwer (includes Aspen and CCH) and Bloomberg (includes BNA). There are still a fair number of independents, but they are comparatively small.

If you are just looking for legal publisher Web sites, links are posted by FindLaw, CRIV and the Social Law Library. See also a list of legal Publishers in the American Legal Encyclopedia in this entry. Or just use a good search engine. You can find a printed list of legal publishers, with addresses and phone numbers, at the end of Law Books in Print (Bowker).

Unsolicited Materials: Publishers often send unsolicited materials in the hopes that you will pay for them. Federal law says that the practice of sending “unordered merchandise” is illegal and authorizes you to treat the merchandise as a gift that you can choose to keep, sell or throw away (39 U.S.C. 3009). If you do this, you might want to send a letter to the publisher. Check out the Sample Letters posted by the AALL Committee on Relations with Information Vendors (CRIV).

List of Publishers:


See Also

  • Book Reviews
  • Books
  • Books In Print
  • Book Stores
  • Copyrights
  • Legal Treatises
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Periodicals
  • Used Books

Publisher: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Publisher. This part provides references, in relation to Publisher, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Publisher by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Publisher and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Publisher or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Publisher and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Publisher. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Publisher should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Publisher when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

Law in Other Regions

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