1 What's your company called?
Practical Action Publishing.
2 What do you publish?
We publish a range of policy, practice and research publications that aim to stimulate discussion, strengthen people’s capabilities and promote sustainable change within the international development sector. Our most frequent formats are books, but we also have three peer-reviewed journals and policy briefing paper series across a range of subjects.
3 What's the story of the company?
Practical Action Publishing was founded in 1974 by the economist EF Schumacher. We started life as a publishing company and bookshop on Southampton Row in London under the company name Intermediate Technology Publications. We are a wholly owned subsidiary of the charity Practical Action, with a mission to globally challenge poverty by building the skills and capabilities of development professionals, researchers and policy makers through access to appropriate knowledge and resources.
4 How's business?
Good. Following a tough few years and a move into new publishing models we are beginning to see year on year increases, and more importantly an increased profile with our key audiences.
5 What do you enjoy about being independent?
Close and trusted relationships with our authors and readers.
6 What do you think is the biggest single issue in publishing right now?
7 What one piece of advice would you give to a fellow independent just starting out?
Don’t be scared of saying ‘I don’t know’ and reaching out to peers.
8 What do you get out of belonging to the IPG?
The chance to meet other publishers and to learn! The discounts IPG negotiates with suppliers are a great benefit too.