Libri Publishing - a publishing phoenix

on Friday, 18 March 2011. Posted in N21 Business Blog

 

Libri Publishing is a local publishing company which has arisen from the ashes of the now defunct Middlesex University Press. It was set up in February 2009, by John Sivak, who lives in Enfield; working alongside his former colleagues from the Middlesex publishing team, Pat Graham, responsible for marketing and designer Helen Taylor, both of whom live in Grange Park.

 

It is a serious publishing company, its titles are not pot boilers nor ever going to feature on the Richard & Judy book club list. Yet in under two years it has established a strong reputation, as a niche publishing house in professional and academic , non-fiction publishing; building on the titles the team inherited following the closure of Middlesex University Press. The porfolio is eclectic, from its local Lea Valley series to DrExam revision guides for would-be medics; design, management, music and the performing arts.

 

Just because it is niche and doesn't mean it is old fashioned. The businesses is managed around the Libri website; the core team largely work from home, outsourcing distribution and other administration functions and most of its titles are available as e-books.

 

Libri's current best seller is 'A Shell Eye on England: The Shell County Guides 1934–1984', a history of these wonderful tour guides from the pre-Internet days.

 

 

Another title The Rainbow Years: the Pluses of being 50 + by Barrie Hobson and Mike Scally  "empowers readers so they can meet the challenges of the very new circumstances of the first part of the 21st century, including longevity, greater prosperity, new relationship and family patterns, healthier, longer working lives, extended retirements, and new knowledge about the sources of happiness".  Its an engaging read, part academic text book, part self help book, for anyone wanting to think about getting more out of their golden years.

 

 

Have a browse, using Amazon's Look Inside!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rainbow-Years-Pluses-Management-Education/dp/1904750591/ref=as_li_wdgt_fl_ex?&camp=2486&creative=10402&linkCode=wss&tag=thplofbe50-21

 

Libri has inherited the Lea Valley historial series, written by local historian Dr Jim Lewis, which celebrates the history of an area thought of by many as an a largely drab industrial wasteland, until its regeneration to Olympic centrefold. The titles are widely known in local historical circles but deserve a wider audience, showcasing the historical significance of the Lea Valley to Britsh manufacturing, small arms, transport and public health.

 

 

 

Libri books can be bought online and whilst the distribution centre is in Oxford, the local Libri team are always keen to talk about their titles and authors, they may even be persuaded to drop a copy round.

 

The bird in the logo - could it be a Phoenix?

 

www.libripublishing.co.uk

Libri Publishing is a local publishing company which has arisen from the ashes of the now defunct Middlesex University Press. It was set up in February 2009, by John Sivak, who lives in Enfield; working alongside his former colleagues from the Middlesex publishing team, Pat Graham, responsible for marketing and designer Helen Taylor, both of whom live in Grange Park.

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