Townsend Press specializes in preparing students for the reading, writing, and vocabulary demands of college—and beyond. For more than 25 years, our materials have set the standard for clarity, ease-of-use, and efficacy for college students working to build their English skills. Today our materials are stronger than ever, featuring print and digital options suited to students in any context. Click a category below to learn more. 

The Ten Steps series is THE most popular sequence of texts for teaching college reading in the US.  Engaging, research-based, and affordable, Ten Steps and its digital companion, Ten Steps Plus, teach students the reading skills needed to thrive in class and beyond.  And Stepping Up, our new academic success program, expands our offerings to teach test-taking, note-taking, time management, study skills and more. Digital and printed options are available for all titles, making them suitable for classes, reading labs, or individual tutoring/academic support programs.

The acclaimed Townsend Press Vocabulary Series uses a words-in-context approach to help students learn the words they need to know in their college classes.  Distinctive features of our books and our digital word-building program, Vocabulary Plus, include abundant practice, appealing content, online assessments, exercises, mastery tests, and PowerPoint presentations.  Want to bolster students' working vocabulary and teach them how to use context clues in their reading? With our Vocabulary Series and Vocabulary Plus, you can. 

Drawing from years of teaching experience, research-based strategies, and our famously-clear pedagogy, this collection of print and digital materials effectively teaches students the English and Writing skills needed for success in the classroom and beyond. Practical, precise, and user-friendly, our grammar and writing resources are an ideal choice for today’s Developmental English and Developmental Writing students.

To inspire students to read more, Townsend Press created a library of compelling yet affordable paperbacks. The Townsend Library includes 100+ high-interest fiction classics, history and biographies, remarkable personal stories, adventure and sports stories, science fiction, and contemporary nonfiction—now with 12 convenient, thematically-bundled collections to help deepen reader interests.  And the bestselling and acclaimed Bluford Series is focused on relevant issues that engage today's young adults. Comprehensive teaching resources are available for most titles.