Innovative – dyslexic-friendly – Environmentally friendly

Publishing as it should be…

Scorpius Books is an award-winning independent fiction publisher who love breaking the rules of publishing! We believe great stories should be available to all, and we were the 1st UK publisher to produce dyslexia-friendly versions of all our adult titles!

We were finalists of the British Dyslexia Associations Innovation Award in 2023, and regional winners of the British Book Awards Small Press of the Year 2024. We’re members of the Indie Press Network, and the Small Business Sunday Network set up by Theo Paphitis.

Established in 2020 amid the COVID pandemic (which may or may not have been a good idea!!) and based in Essex, UK, we bring our extensive backgrounds in editing and design to the table, giving each book the time it deserves to bring it to life. We’re a traditional publisher who offer fair royalties and never ask for a penny from our authors in bringing a book to market.

Our dyslexic-friendly editions of our stories feature a larger, dyslexic-friendly font, increased line and letter spacing to prevent blurring and making it easier to decipher each letter and word. They are also printed on creme paper to reduce glare from the contrast of the ink. The covers are matt finished to make reading the blurb easier, which is also formatted the same way. We are working with some amazing authors and are working hard to bring established authors and brands into our dyslexic-friendly mission.

Because Scorpius Books believes in reducing the environmental impact of the publishing industry, we take full advantage of modern printing technology and only work with UK printers who hold green credentials, use FSC paper and non-toxic inks. We offer a Book Rescue, where returned books get given a new lease of life and are resold. We have commited to reducing our office paper usage by 90% by the end of 2022, only accept submissions via email and aim to plant trees to compensate for the publishing industry’s impact on the environment.

We promise to keep our submissions policy wide open to all, with no need for an agent. For more information, please see the submissions page.