JS Group is a forward looking business that can trace its roots back to 1751 when the bookseller John Smith and Son was founded in Glasgow.

John Smith and Son is the oldest bookselling company in the English speaking world and remains a vibrant, innovative business under the John Smith's brand. Today, John Smith's serves the needs of university students and faculty and we are proud to have been honoured as the UK Academic and Professional Bookseller of the Year from 2006 to 2009 and every year since 2011 to date.

John Smith & Son was acquired by its present owner in 2001 and this acquisition was followed by the acquisitions of Hammicks Legal Information Services in 2003, the BMJ Bookshop in 2004 and Aztec Retail Services in 2006.