Ebury Press has acquired a book by YouTube stars Dan Howell and Phil Lester.
There will be a “major UK tour” to mark the release of The Amazing Book is Not on Fire, which Ebury Press says is the “first production of its kind from a publisher” which will bring “Dan and Phil’s unique brand of comedy and entertainment to the stage with spectacular production value that will be sure to make this more than a ‘vlogger’ event”.
Howell and Lester have separate YouTube channels – danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil – and also run gaming channel DanAndPhilGAMES together. They have a combine YouTube following of more than 8m subscribers.
The pair were the first YouTubers to have a show on BBC Radio 1, and they also lent their voices to characters in Disney’s animated film "Big Hero 6".
Sara Cywinski, commissioning editor for Ebury Press, and Andrew Goodfellow, deputy publisher, bought world rights to the book from Fleur Brooklin Smith and Mike Cook for FlipSide Talent.
Cywinski said: “Dan and Phil are passionate about everything they do – from YouTube to Radio 1 – and I’m thrilled to be able to help them bring that passion to the page and stage. They’ve written every single word, putting their heart and soul into the project, and packed it full of funny stories, unseen photographs, familiar characters, challenges and more. I know their followers will absolutely love it.”
Ebury will publish in October 2015.