Peachpit is a publisher of books focused on graphic design, web design, and development. Peachpit's parent company is Pearson Education,[1] which owns additional educational media brands including Addison-Wesley, Prentice Hall, and New Riders.[2]

Parent companyPearson Education
FounderTed Nace and Michael Gardner
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters location50 California Street
San Francisco
Publication typesBooks, Ebooks, and video
Nonfiction topicsTechnology
ImprintsPeachpit Press, Adobe Press, Apple Certified, New Riders

Founded in 1986, Peachpit publishes the Visual QuickStart Guide, Visual QuickPro Guide, and Classroom in a Book series, in addition to the design imprint New Riders and its Voices That Matter series. Peachpit is the official publishing partner for Adobe Systems,, Apple Certified at Apple Inc, and other tech corporations.[3]


Peachpit Press was founded in 1986 by Ted Nace[4] and Michael Gardner, and the two co-authored the company's first book, LaserJet Unlimited. Gardner served on the board of the company from 1986 to 1994 but did not take an active role in the company. Nace and Gardner named the company Peachpit because at the time, Nace and several of his friends were "living and working in a peach colored house in Berkeley that was such a dump it was considered a 'pit.'" [5] Computer writer Elaine Weinmann described how Nace let authors typeset and illustrate their own books and described his publishing approach as user-friendly and innovative.[6] The company grew in size and sales, and had a publishing orientation towards books relating to Apple computers, and was described as a leader in books about digital graphics.[7] Nace served as publisher from 1986 until 1996, when Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel assumed the publisher position.[6] In 1994, Nace sold Peachpit Press to London-based media conglomerate Pearson PLC. Peachpit continued to operate out of Berkeley until a move to San Francisco in 2012.

Although known as a Mac publisher Peachpit started out publishing Windows related books. Its first Macintosh books were The Little Mac Book and The Mac is not a typewriter, both by Robin Williams. In 1992, Peachpit purchased the Macintosh Bible series from Arthur Naiman's Goldstein and Blair (named after characters in the George Orwell novel 1984). In 1998, when Apple user share was down to 4% of the computer user market and Power Computing was making Mac clones, Peachpit was still publishing a large portion of Mac books.[8] Peachpit published Visual QuickStart Guides for Mac.

Notable authors

Some notable Peachpit authors include: David Blatner, Thom Hartmann, Deke McClelland, Ted Nace, Scott Kelby, Robin Williams, Don Rittner, Joe McNally, Larry Magid, Steve Krug, Jeffrey Zeldman, Jakob Nielsen, Bruce Schneier, Fred Davis, Seth Godin, Gary Wolf, Lynda Weinman, Ben Forta and Maria Langer.


  • Zap!: How Your Computer Can Hurt You - and What You Can Do About It[9] by Don Sellers.
  • Kid's Web Kit by Lisa Lopuck
  • Ecolinking: Everyone's Guide to Online Environmental Information[10] by Don Rittner
  • Computer Privacy Handbook[11][12] by Andre Bacard
  • Gay and Lesbian Online by Jeff Dawson
  • Avatars! Exploring and Building Virtual Worlds on the Internet[13] by Bruce Damer
  • Inside PostScript by Frank Merritt Braswell, published originally in 1989 by Systems of Merritt later together by Systems of Merritt and Peachpit Press.


Peachpit Press also publishes or partners with Adobe Press, Apple Certified,, and New Riders.


  4. Monadnock Summer (August 8, 2004). "Ted Nace: Confessions Of A Recovering Capitalist". New Hampshire Public Radio (nhpr). Archived from the original on February 10, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-19.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
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  6. Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas (2004). "Photoshop CS for Windows and Macintosh". Peachpit Press. Retrieved 2010-11-19.
  7. "Ted Nace". Orion Magazine. 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2010-11-19.
  8. Mac Gathering
  9. Find Articles
  10. NY Times
  11. Andre Baccard Archived 2008-05-15 at the Wayback Machine
  12. Business Week
  13. DigitalSpace
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