|Parent company||Pearson Education|
|Founder||Lew Addison Cummings, Melbourne Wesley Cummings|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Nonfiction topics||Computer Science, Economics, Finance, Mathematics, and Statistics|
|Official website||www.pearsonschool.com (school),
www.pearsonhighered.com (higher education),
Addison-Wesley is best known for its textbooks and computer literature and is an imprint of Pearson PLC, a global publishing and education company. As well as publishing books, Addison-Wesley also distributed its technical titles through the Safari Books Online e-reference service. Addison-Wesley's majority of sales derive from the United States (57%) and Europe (23%).
Melbourne Wesley Cummings and Lew Addison Cummings founded Addison-Wesley in 1942, with the first book published by Addison-Wesley being MIT professor Francis Weston Sears's Mechanics. Its first computer book was Programs for an Electronic Digital Computer, by Wilkes, Wheeler, and Gill. In 1977, Addison-Wesley acquired W. A. Benjamin Company, and merged it with the Cummings division of the company to form Benjamin Cummings. It was purchased by the global publishing and education company, Pearson PLC in 1988 and became part of Addison Wesley Longman in 1994. The trade publishing division of Addison-Wesley was sold to Perseus Books in 1997, leaving Addison-Wesley as solely an educational publisher. Pearson acquired the educational division of Simon & Schuster in 1998, and merged it with Addison Wesley Longman to form Pearson Education and subsequently rebranded to Pearson in 2011. Pearson moved the former Addison Wesley Longman offices from Reading to Boston in 2004.
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