Midsea Books Ltd. is Malta’s leading publisher. Its was set up in 1969 by Pawlu Mizzi, a graduate in History and Librarianship. The publishing house he founded, pioneered and revolutionised the Maltese book trade. For his entrapreneurship, he was honoured by the Maltese government in 1993.
Today the group is made up of Klabb Kotba Maltin, Heritage Books, apart from Midsea Books itself. Each of these imprints has its own distinctive editorial content. The first outlet opened in Valletta in 1975 is still operative while the group’s administration offices and production studio are based in the central part of Malta.
Each year, some 50 new titles are produced. Most of these publications fall under the history, art and language category.
Klabb Kotba Maltin (KKM - translated Maltese book club), was the first to be established in 1969 with the aim of giving Malta a professional set-up for book publishing. Some of the titles published in its book-a-month scheme became best sellers. Todate, this series numbers over 200 titles. KKM publishes a vast range of books in Maltese, from children’s literature and text books, to novels, short stories, poetry, drama, history, language and reference work.
Midsea Books was set up in 1974 and publishes academic and scholarly works in English. Midsea Books was also responsible for the publication of an ethymological Maltese-Maltese Dictionary in ten volumes, Il-Miklem Malti by Erin Serracino-Inglott and The Maltese-English-Maltese Dictionary in six volumes by Joseph Aquilina. The latter was awarded the ‘Publication of the Millennium Award’ by the Ministry of Education in 2000.
Heritage Books, set up in 1999, aims to produce reference books in English with a popular appeal. Moreover, Heritage Books works closely with most agencies, foundations, museums and trusts involve in conserving Malta’s heritage.