About Us

Idiot’s Guides® are published by Alpha Books, an imprint of DK Publishing (DK). For more than 20 years, Idiot’s Guides have informed, entertained, and enriched tens of millions of readers worldwide.

Our books are easy to spot. The bright orange cover signals a friendly and expert guide that promises a learning experience that’s AS EASY AS IT GETS!

Our readers are knowledgeable about a lot of things, but like most people, they sometimes encounter tasks or topics that make them feel like … well, idiots. Idiot’s Guides editors understand that feeling and know how to take the sting out of a steep learning curve. We work very closely with topic experts to ensure each book offers a friendly pace, an intuitive organization, jargon-free text, and as many helpful steps and pictures necessary to help fill in the mental gaps we all experience when learning something new.

Whatever makes people feel helpless—or helplessly curious—Idiot’s Guides have it covered. With more than 450 titles in 30 different categories currently available in print and/or electronically, each title we publish is tailored to the learning needs of our readers. Each Idiot’s Guide offers the easiest possible learning experience for every topic, while the Idiot’s Guides brand ensures consistent quality, reliability, and results.

On July 1, 2013, Penguin, the parent company of Alpha Books and DK, officially united to create Penguin Random House, the world’s first truly global trade book publisher.