an independent academic publisher since 1985

Introduction to Broadview & Freehand

Broadview— An Introduction

The word "broadview" expresses a great deal about the approach that guides our publishing program. Our focus is very much on English Studies and Philosophy, but within those two core subject areas we are open to a broad range of academic approaches and political viewpoints. We are proud to publish pedagogically valuable books that make a real contribution to scholarship. We welcome feminist perspectives and we have a strong commitment to the environment (see below). Our publishing program is internationally oriented, and our individual titles often appeal to a broad readership; we publish many titles that are of as much interest to the general reader as they are to academics and students.


In 2008 Broadview founded Freehand Books, a literary publisher of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Freehand operates within Broadview on a largely autonomous basis; its titles are listed on the Broadview site but are also featured on Freehand's own site

Broadview— The Company

Broadview Press is an independent academic publisher with no affiliation to any larger publishing house or media conglomerate. The company has over 500 titles in print, and is currently publishing approximately 50 new titles per year. Broadview handles production and distribution of its books through its Peterborough, Ontario facility. Broadview Press was incorporated in 1985; since then the company has grown steadily and now employs nearly 30 people, with offices in Calgary, Peterborough, Nanaimo, Guelph, and Wolfville. Annual sales revenue is now more than $3 million.

Broadview— Environmental Commitment

Broadview Press is committed to printing the interiors of its books on 100% post-consumer recycled paper whenever feasible. We offer electronic examination copies on a voluntary basis as an alternative to bound examination copies. It's an environmentally-friendly alternative that of course helps us at Broadview by keeping our costs down, but it also enables us to get an inspection copy to you more quickly (often several weeks before publication) — and it's an option that will reduce clutter in your office if the book turns out not to be appropriate for your teaching.


Broadview Press acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund, and also acknowledges the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Freehand Books, an imprint of Broadview, acknowledges the support of the Canadian Council of the Arts.