John Lee has joined the British Library’s books division as publisher.
He takes over from Robert Davies at British Library Publishing, managing responsibility for all aspects of the Library’s output ranging from exhibition titles, an increasing range of collection and heritage-focused non-fiction alongside the fiction list including the Crime Classics and Science Fiction Classics series. Davies has now gone freelance as an editor and project manager.
Lee ran Pavilion’s specialist history list Conway for around 20 years prior to its acquisition by Bloomsbury. Since then he has run his own publishing and packaging company Velodrome Media, developed digital initiatives for software platform Librios and set up the European agency for New York’s educational database and streaming video company Infobase.
Rebecca Nuotio, head of commercial brand development and sales at the British Library, said: “John brings years of experience in the book trade and a highly developed commercial understanding of the history and heritage markets. He has also always demonstrated a keen eye for rediscovering works from the past and turning them into trade bestsellers, and there is no better place to do this than at the British Library”.
Lee added: “It is a huge honour to take up such a role. The Library has achieved unprecedented success and growth over the last six years with Rebecca and Rob at the helm and I look forward to developing this further. I’ve inherited a truly superb publishing team with such talents, knowledge and enthusiasm. I also have the world’s finest backlist at my fingertips”.