It’s difficult to make sweeping generalizations in regards to Publishing companies. Not only does each company offer many different titles, but you have to consider the publication date as well (For example, Sheed & Ward used to be excellent, but now they’re pretty bad). I tend to use five categories rather than two (Good, Mostly Good, Mixed, Mostly Bad, Bad). Of course, there are so many small publishers, it’s hard to keep track of everyone. And, of course, my knowledge is limited to those titles I have seen. But, I have some overall impressions that I will share. Here’s my list:
*]Ignatius Press - I don’t think I’ve seen them publish a questionable book
*]Ascension Press - newer and smaller than Ignatius, but still very solid
*]Emmaus Road - small, but 100% solid; Publishing arm of Catholics United for the Faith.
*]Sapientia Press - very new, very small, but so far, so good; from Ave Maria University
*]St. Joseph Communications - specializes more in audio and video, but they are certainly solid (any company that carries over 100 titles by Scott Hahn can’t be bad!)
*]San Juan Catholic Seminars - not really a publishing company per se, but they publish an awesome set of Apologetics booklets
*]Scepter Publishers - Admittedly, I know little about them, but most of the solid Catholics I know love the Navarre Bible and In Conversation With God series that they publish
*]Midwest Theological Forum - That they publish the Didache High School textbook series pretty much puts them right up at the top automatically
*]C.R. Publications - Small, but they have an excellent set of High School level texts (that could also be used for adults as well)
*]Sophia Institute Press - I have very few titles of theirs, but everything I’ve seen is solid
*]OSV - Mostly right on, sometimes a little softer, but certainly not heretical
*]Pauline Books and Media - some of there stuff seems a little squishy to me, but it’s hard to categorize them as bad when they publish all the Pope’s encylicals and most of his Wednesday Audience compilations (such as Theology of the Body)
*]Queenship Publications - Although I haven’t personally seen a bad book by them, I put them under mostly good only because of the books they have on Medjugorje, which some Catholics have problems with it. Mark Miravalle’s “Introduction to Mary” is by far the best intro to Mary I have come across.
*]TAN Publishing - I can’t quite put my finger on it, but some of their stuff seems a little off to me. Most of their stuff on saints is great, though, and I’m totally open to being wrong on them and reclassifying them as Good.
*]Loyola Press - I’m not sure whether they belong here or in the “Mixed” category, but they’re “Six Weeks With the Bible” Bible Study series is surprisingly good. Thanks to Cardinal George, I think they are on their way to improving after some shaky years.
*]Liguori Publications - Most of what I’ve seen (especially the newer stuff) is pretty good, but I’ve also come across some of their older stuff which seems to be not so good.