Our Story


ALTA English

In the beginning …

Our company was founded over 30 years ago by Aaron and Simone Almendares-Berman who started operating from their basement in their home in San Francisco. In the beginning, the company was functioning primarily as a distributor of ELT books under the name Alta Book Center (ABC). For decades, ABC was known for being “the one-stop place for English teaching materials.” Best-selling books from pretty much every major ELT publisher at the time could be found and purchased through Alta. Over time, the ever-changing and increasingly more competitive publishing landscape forced the previous owners to make the tough decision to close the distribution part of the business and focus on  selling only Alta’s publications. This continues to be the case, but we are reshaping our publishing strategy to build upon our strong foundation of quality content, and to bring our company into the digital age. We are very excited to announce the worldwide release of ALTA English Online – our new digital publishing division featuring a new teaching and learning platform for self-study and hybrid online courses. Check it out here.

Today …

ALTA English publishes over 50 titles ranging from classroom textbooks to teacher resources, and many reference titles for teachers in development and language program administrators (LPAs). Whether in print or new digital formats, our publications will continue to be informed by real classrooms and expertly developed to meet the needs of teachers and learners of English.

So do your thing …

Please stop by our online store and buy some books. Every purchase you make helps us to further our mission – and pay the rent.


ALTA English in Palm Springs

We are proud to be back in the Golden State, now operating from Palm Springs in California, USA.

Learn more about ALTA English Publishers Leadership.

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