Ideas can be powerful. This book company was one such idea.
I came across The DO Lectures back in 2011 after watching a talk about the future of print in a digital world (my background was book publishing). Later that day, I sent an email to the founders, Clare and David Hieatt, asking if they had ever considered publishing books by their incredible speakers. We had our first online meeting less than a week later.
In the spring of 2013, The Do Book Company launched as a new independent publisher with five books: Do Grow, Do Birth, Do Story, Do Improvise and Do Disrupt. We were incredibly fortunate to work with artist James Victore who armed us with bold, innovative covers and that same year - newly represented by Publishers Group UK - we were stocked at the Tate and Design Museum, as well as high street and independent bookshops.
Our books aim to inspire action and positive change, all written by speakers from The DO Lectures. Focusing on the 'doing' rather than the background theory, they are designed to help creative entrepreneurs, makers and Doers across business, design, wellbeing and sustainable living.
Ten years on, the collection of nearly 40 books (and counting!) can be found in bookstores around the world, in different languages, and in print, digital and audiobook formats. Each book has two royalty payments: one to the author and another to The DO Lectures in Wales, helping them to achieve their aim of inspiring positive change.
In 2014, we were shortlisted in the Best Brand/Series Identity category of the British Book Design and Production Awards. We came Highly Commended in the 2022 FutureBook Awards for our work on Sage Member Masterclass, and in 2023 were shortlisted for The Bookseller Marketing Award in the IPG (Independent Publishers Guild) Awards and Do Deal won Short Business Book at the Business Book Awards.
You can find out more by watching this short film made by Hackney Downs Studios/Eat Work Art Ltd as part of their 2020 Virtual Open Studios, or downloading our digital catalogue here. To hear about new titles and events, please subscribe to our monthly newsletter.
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