The Do Book Company, a new independent publishing house based in Shoreditch, has launched its first five titles, in print and digital format. The books are written by speakers from the Do Lectures, an annual four-day ideas conference held in West Wales, whose speakers have included Tim Berners-Lee and Kickstarter chief executive, Perry Chen.
The guides, based on the 20 minute Do Lectures, are designed to inspire action or act as a catalyst for positive change—these concise 'how to' guides of approximately 100 pages focus on the ‘doing’ rather than the background theory.
The first titles feature gardener Alice Holden on growing vegetablesm, Do Grow; Do Birth, a guide to giving birth written by Caroline Flint, a practising midwife; Do Improvise by Robert Poynton who teaches improvisational skills; and Do Disrupt, a book about doing things differently written by Mark Shayler. The final title in the launch list is Do Story, a guide to storytelling written by Bobette Buster a story consultant, lecturer and screenwriter.
Buster will also present at the FutureBook Innovation Workshop, with delegates receiving a free copy of the book. An extract can be read on FutureBook: [http://www.futurebook.net/content/story-behind-story-bobette-buster]
Founder and publisher Miranda West said: "It's taken two years to get here and a lot of hard work, but it's incredible to think that we're actually launching. I know what you're thinking—like the world needs another publishing company!—but I really think we're offering something new, fresh and have produced something that people will appreciate in terms of design, content and production values."
The books are being sold individually at £7.99, in e-book format priced at £3.99, or as a bundle at £9.99. The complete first series is also available at £29.99 in print, £16.99 in e-book, and £38.99 as a bundle.
Do Books is represented by Publishers Group UK and supplied to the trade by Grantham Book Services. E-books will be supplied directly by the publisher and available to download via Amazon, iBookstore, Kobo. Ebooks will also be sold through the publisher's own website via Shopify's FetchApp, with an option to send directly to the consumer's Readmill app.