About ilex

Ilex, now part of the Octopus Publishing Group, exists to address the new creative needs which are constantly being unveiled by the fast moving pace of the modern media, digital technology and popular culture. Ilex has achieved an international reputation as a publisher of high quality illustrated reference and activity books.

Carmelite House

Ilex are based at Carmelite House, Hachette UK’s headquarters, on the River Thames in London.

The company was formed in January 2000 as a collaborative venture between the directors of The Ivy Press and Alastair Campbell (not that one), and was acquired by the Octopus Publishing Group in December 2014. The ilex imprint is used throughout the world in the English language, and ilex is equally at home publishing under our own brand or co-publishing in the North American market. In North America, our books are published by publishers such as Focal Press, The Reader’s Digest, Chronicle Books, Abrams, Harper Collins, Watson Guptill, St Martin’s Press, Pixiq, Running Press, and O’Reilly. Our books have been translated into many languages – the current record for a single title is 22 – including French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Russian, Chinese, Korean, and many more.

For Publishers

For UK and rights sales, please get in touch with us through the sales team we share with the rest of Octopus, contact details here.

For Booksellers

For trade orders, please get in touch with us here.


You can find our latest catalogue, as well as those of the other Octopus Publishing Group imprints, here.