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.
The Great British Book of Baking (published by Michael Joseph Ltd; part of Penguin – as seen in WH Smith Trowell Motorway Services 7.10.13), to accompany the BBC TV series The Great British Bake Off – it’s a disgrace to Penguin, WH Smith and the BBC that this book is made in China.
The Beano Annual by DC Thomson & Co. Ltd. is printed in Italy and the BBC Doctor Who Annual by Penguin is printed in China. A disgrace to DC Thomson & Co., the BBC and Penguin that these children’s books are foreign made.
Positive Thinking by Gill Hasson (Capstone / Wiley 2017). Set in India; printed in Great Britain. Front cover view. Photograph by author.
Positive Thinking by Gill Hasson (Capstone / Wiley 2017). Set in India; printed in Great Britain. Inside label detail. Photograph by author.
Clays of St Ives are one of the market leaders in book manufacturing and still print and bind their books in the UK – http://www.clays.co.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.