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Townsend Press College

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 or get a full brochure here

Widely adopted in colleges across the country, the Ten Steps Reading Series is the most popular sequence of textbooks for teaching college reading.  Engaging, research-based, and affordable, Ten Steps and its comprehensive digital companion, Ten Steps Plus, teach students the reading skills needed to thrive in class and beyond.  A full array of digital and printed supplements are available, making Ten Steps and all-new College Reading Essentials suitable for classes, reading labs, or individual tutoring 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 paperbacks priced at just $2 each. 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.