When does a Startup stop being a 'startup'? How many books form a fully-fledged series? These are some questions for us to ponder as we emerge from a busy few months of editing, designing, printing and shipping. We gave a running high-five to our first anniversary back in May. And have reprinted all bar one of last year's launch titles (some more than once!). Together with our 2014 fledglings, we now have a grand total of 9 books in the series!
So to the new books. Do Protect was spotted on former Do Lectures speaker Collyn Ahart's instagram feed with the caption 'Do you have this book? You need this book.' Collyn is right in the thick of getting things up and running for her new brand of adventure clothing called Bowndling. Set to launch this Autumn, it's 'for the outsiders, the wild ones, the challengers and the brave'. We're delighted this book covering all the legal aspects of setting up and running a business has already proven useful.
Then there's Do Lead by business guru Les McKeown. As Rita Gunther McGrath writes, 'Do Lead is...a thoroughly refreshing take on what real leadership is all about. It is not about heroics or headlines, it's about achieving real results in the here and now. It's short, to the point and not to be missed'. Essential advice on how to work more productively, grow your business and have a motivated and engaged team.
Do Purpose took a bit longer than planned but was so worth the wait. With words by David Hieatt, stunning b&w photography by Andrew Paynter, quirky illustrations by Olaf Ladousse and all the elements woven together by brilliant designer Nick Hand, we hope this will become a future classic that will inspire more and more businesses to identify their 'why' and change the world with renewed purpose and drive. The fact that we've already nearly sold out of the first print run suggests the book is going down well!
We've heard cries of 'There's bubbles in my starter!' from one avid baker who turned to Andrew Whitley's Do Sourdough to get his home-baked sourdough back on track. With gorgeous photographs and recipes for Sourdough Pizza amongst others, this is a handy go-to book for anyone with an urge to learn how to make their own sourdough starter and bake delicious loaves time and again.
Look out for Do Books and authors at a few of the UK's summer festivals: After a sell-out talk at the Hay Literary Festival, David Hieatt will also be at Port Eliot (24-27 July), near Plymouth; Andrew Whitley at the Edinburgh Literary Festival (9-25 August), and select titles will be on the Rough Trade stand at Green Man (14-17 August) and End of the Road (29-31 August).
Do keep an eye on the website. Every print copy purchased now comes with a free ebook edition (for iPads, iPhones, Kindles, etc). And you can still buy the complete set of this year's books at a 20% discount.
Lastly, thank you to everyone who has supported us during our first year. Have a great summer.