Profile Books was founded on April Fool’s Day in 1996 by Andrew Franklin and Stephen Brough to publish stimulating non-fiction in a wide range of fields, including history, business, economics, science and biography, with a sprinkling of humour.
In 2002 the company acquired the HarperCollins UK business list, including classics like In Search Of Excellence. Profile's bestselling now includes business list includes Yes! and The Decision Book.
Profile Editions (formerly Third Millennium Publishing), a publisher specialising in highly illustrated histories of companies, organisations and schools, joined Profile in 2015. Notable titles include histories of the University of Cambridge, the Royal College of Physicians, an illustrated history of the Women’s Institute and the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize diary.
Profile Books has won Independent Publisher of the Year awards three times. In 2017 The Essex Serpent was named the Fiction Book of the Year, the Book of the Year and won Publicity Campaign of the Year Award at the British Book Awards.