Patakis Publishers was founded over 40 years ago, in 1974, by Stefanos Patakis and his wife Melpomene Patakis. The first publications were in the area of educational books. Now, 43 years later, Patakis Publishers publishes books in all fields, with its key areas of publishing activity being in education, books for children and young adults, literature, the humanities, dictionaries, as well as practical guides and diaries.

Annually, Patakis Publishers publishes up to 400 new titles and its general catalogue counts 6.000 titles in print, as well as other educational material.

Patakis Publishers cooperates with the Pedagogical Institute of the Greek Ministry of Education. To date 101 book titles and other educational materials have been approved by the Pedagogical Institute for the official schoolbooks lists.

With its dictionaries unit Patakis Publishers is taking a long-term view to publishing. After 19 years of intensive work, in 2007 the Dictionary of Modern Greek Literature was published, a very big project of 2.500 pages. In parallel a team of lexicographers has been working for 20 years on the completion of another major project, the Greater Dictionary of the Greek Language, to be published shortly. Patakis Publishers are also planning ahead in view of digital developments in publishing and e-books.


Nikos Venios | Digital Publications and Applications Manager

Nikos is an Electronic & Electrical Engineer (Univ. of Glasgow) with postgraduate studies in Digital Signal Processing (Univ. of Strathclyde, Univ. of Newcastle). He has worked, for a number of years, as new IC design validation and verification manager and as senior business project manager with one of the largest IT & C companies in Greece. He has participated as team leader in various EU research projects on behalf of private companies, members of consortia. Since October 2011, he is Digital Publications and Applications Manager at Patakis Publishers. His responsibilities include publication of new e-books in epub formats, e-learning applications operation, design and development management of dictionary applications and expansion of line of business using cutting edge technology.

Elena Pataki | Publisher

Elena studied Computer Science at the University of Crete and holds an MSc degree in Software Engineering. She joined Patakis Publishers in 1993 as publisher of educational and entertainment CD-ROMs and of the Greek edition of the Oxford Children’s Encyclopedia (in collaboration with Oxford University Press). Since 2004 she is the publisher of children’s and young adults’ books. Moreover, she is responsible for introducing new technologies and development of new products for the company. She is also member of the Board of Directors of Patakis Publishers.

Vaggelis Baklavas | Educational Publications Manager

Vaggelis graduated from the department of Philosophy, Pedagogical studies and Psychology (specialization: philosophy), School of Philosophy, of the Univ. of Athens, in 1992. In 1999, he received his postgraduate degree (MASTER) in “Philosophy and History of Science and Technology”. Between 1994 and 2004 he worked as teacher in private, second grade, coaching schools. Since June 2004, he works for Patakis Publishers, as educational publications manager.