Are your British books and magazines really British?
There is a disappointing growing trend amongst publishers to have their books made abroad, so if you are buying a book make sure it is actually made in the UK (it will say inside somewhere where it is made).
For example I notice a lack of patriotism of late from Penguin Books and as a result of this from some of their authors too. Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks are mostly printed abroad, for example Cook with Jamie when I looked at it was printed in Italy. DC Thompson annuals are now printed in Italy too and I even saw in WHSmith the other day a British cookbook and a book celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee again both printed and bound abroad. Doreen Kindersley (who I think belong to Penguin) books are printed and bound in China. Lonely Planet books are made in Singapore. Collins Debden diaries are also made in Singapore. I was given a Bible the other day, published by Collins and printed in China. Harper Colin’s I-spy books are now made in China. Beatrix Potter books (sold by Penguin under the name of Frederick Warne and Co.) are now printed outside of the UK. Hodder and Stoughton are also printing at least some of their books outside of the UK now. Summersdale books are made in Singapore. Wiley are having at least some of their books typeset in India although printed in the UK.
What’s with this new publishing trend of making books abroad? A couple of years ago you could pretty much guarantee that without fail any book published and sold in Britain would been printed and bound in Britain. Now it seems more and more books are being made abroad.
Can I ask you please to check where the book you are thinking of buying is printed and bound. If the book you want is not printed and bound in Britain perhaps you could consider not buying it or looking for an alternative and complaining to the publisher too. Thanks.