Laura Fraine, in the current issue of BfK (Books for Keeps), celebrates some significant anniversaries:
Usborne Books at 40
Piccadilly Press at 30
Barefoot Books at 20
Barrington Stoke at 15
The publishing industry is in a period of rapid change. 2013 has already seen the merger of Random House and Penguin into a new super company with 10,000 employees and projected sales of £2.6bn; the systematic closure of libraries and the shutting up shop of much-loved booksellers; online book sales hitting 30 percent; and the continuing rise of the e-book sales.
This year also sees significant anniversaries for some of children’s publishing’s real success stories. We step back from the melée to find out how it has worked for them.