Editions Didier Millet (EDM) was founded in 1989 in Paris by Didier Millet. He opened a branch of EDM in Singapore in 1990, which soon established itself as the headquarters and centre of the business. Today, EDM has offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Bali. We also work closely with our sister company, Les Editions du Pacifique, based in Paris.
The company currently employs 30 staff members: 23 in Singapore, four in Kuala Lumpur, two in Bangkok and one in Bali. These are predominantly editors and graphic designers with staff also working in sales, marketing, production and accounts.
EDM enjoys an international reputation for our high-quality books, and publishes approximately 30 new titles per annum in print form, and around 15 ebooks. We have published over 500 titles in total, of which some 130 are currently in print, comprising mainly general illustrated and reference titles for the adult trade market. The chief subject areas are travel, history, natural history, art, architecture, cookery and lifestyle. The books are mainly about Southeast Asia, but not exclusively so, and many of our titles have become standard reference sources for art and culture enthusiasts as well as travellers.
EDM books are available in good bookshops and through the major online retailers. We have our own distribution in Singapore and Malaysia, and our books are sold internationally through our distributors and co-publishers around the world link, particularly in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe. EDM also distributes the Monaco Books and Moonlight Publishing imprints in Southeast Asia.
EDM also has a strong focus on the production of customised books and catalogues for corporations, museums, galleries, government bodies and other institutions. Our custom publishing clients include: National Museum of Singapore, Citigroup, Raffles Hotel, Oriental Hotel, Thai Airways, Royal Selangor and Chiva-Som.
|Didier Millet started his publishing career in Tahiti where he founded Les Editions du Pacifique in 1971. From 1970 to 1984 he also represented France’s largest publishing group, Hachette. Les Editions du Pacifique specialised in illustrated books on nature, art, history and travel subjects on the Asia-Pacific region, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. In 1984 he sold his company to Times Publishing and founded, with them, Times Editions.
At Times Editions he published many successful books including Thailand: Seven Days in the Kingdom, The Taj Mahal, Grand Oriental Hotels and Thai Style. In 1988 he left Times and again started his own publishing business, Editions Didier Millet, which has published some 500 titles since its inception.
Charles Orwin, General Manager
|Charles Orwin graduated with an honours degree in history from the University of Exeter in the UK after which he worked for eight years with Faber & Faber, the London-based literary publisher. He moved to Singapore in 1985 to join Times Editions, a publisher of illustrated adult nonfiction helmed by Didier Millet. He has lived and worked in Singapore ever since and moved with Didier when set up his eponymous company. Charles has been general manager of Editions Didier Millet since 1991 and has now worked for Didier for 27 years.|
Douglas Amrine, Editorial Director
|Douglas Amrine is editorial director of EDM. He arrived in Singapore in 2011 via a very circuitous route: born in Washington, DC; educated in California, Ohio and the Netherlands; and then, after a few years in Germany, a move to London where he started his publishing career. In 1991 he founded the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide series, which was translated into 30 languages and became the world's bestselling guidebook series. At EDM he is responsible for what goes inside the books, and for planning what we should publish next. When he isn't busy publishing or editing, Douglas plays the harpsichord.|
Nicholas Grossman, Managing Editor, Thailand
|Nicholas Grossman is the managing editor of EDM’s office in Bangkok, Thailand. The Boston native travelled to Thailand shortly after his graduation from Harvard University to co-author a new travel guide on the country for Let’s Go Publications. Enamoured of Thailand’s culture and people, he decided to pursue a career in journalism there. For several years, he worked at the Bangkok Post and the International Herald Tribune’s supplement ThaiDay as its features editor. In 2006, he joined the editorial team of EDM’s Nine Days in the Kingdom multimedia photography and book project as an assistant editor and writer, after which he joined EDM full-time, producing Chronicle of Thailand: Headline News Since 1946 and King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A Life’s Work, among other books.|
Martin Cross, Managing Editor, Malaysia
|Martin is based in Kuala Lumpur and runs EDM's Malaysian office. He first came to Malaysia as an exchange student in 1993 and has lived there since 1995. Trained as a lawyer, he worked in the legal industry, legal publishing and higher education prior to joining EDM in 2002, initially as project manager for The Encyclopedia of Malaysia. He is married, has four children, and is a keen cyclist who occasionally competes in triathlons.|
Farokh Fan, Sales and Marketing Manager
|Farokh Fan is in charge of sales and distribution of EDM’s titles. He also organizes book launches and other marketing-related activities. He has worked with books for more than ten years, starting at Borders (2002–2007), followed by Pansing Distribution, part of Times Publishing Group (2007–2012) and now, EDM. He enjoys reading, listening to music and running.|