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As the specialist publishing arm of global change-making organisation Practical Action, we partner with the brightest minds to publish the latest development perspectives. We put affordable knowledge into the hands of people who need it most, whatever their location, in a language and format that suits them best. Rooted in hands on community development experience, we innovate and respond to what change-makers need - from practical 'how to' manuals to academic texts and journals; online, in print and open access formats. As an independent publisher we are the exclusive publisher and distributor for prominent international partners and we publish for a variety of international organisations and academic research institutions. External partnerships have been invaluable in building our holdings catalogue of 2000+ books and 3000+ journal articles published since 1974. All of our resources are peer reviewed by experts in relevant fields and produced according to professional publishing standards. During 2019 we added to our catalogue of knowledge resources by taking over the management of Health Books International and Practical Action's knowledge service Practical Answers.


Health Books International
Health Books International, formally known as Teaching-Aids at Low Cost (TALC), believes that everyone should have access to good healthcare. We improve the health of people in developing countries by providing books, downloads, training materials and equipment around the world on a not-for-profit basis.
Practical Answers
Practical Answers is our technical information service and includes a website hub of information, a handy App and technical enquiries services. We enable access for all, to the wealth of technical knowledge within Practical Action, and our partners. Accessible to all freely, including last-mile development practitioners, so that the hardest-to-reach communities can change their world.
How to order
Please email orders to, or phone +44 (0)1926 634501 (9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, UK time). Alternatively, order through your usual bookseller. 
Inspection / review copies
At Practical Action Publishing we operate an online book review and inspection system. Request books for review or course inspection: Tel +44 (0)1926 634501 or e-mail
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Tel +44 (0)1926 634501 or e-mail 
Booksellers, Wholesalers and Distributors
Our books are available via our global distributors Ingram International (warehoused in the UK and in the USA), and we also have  POD (print on demand) facilities available in the UK, Europe, the US, Canada & Latin America, Australia and India. 
For any other business enquiries, please contact the Head of Publishing at:
Practical Action Publishing
The Robbins Building, 25 Albert Street
Warwickshire CV21 2SD

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