Reading Partners

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Reading Partners is a partnership consortium which aims to revolutionize the way public libraries and adult publishers work together. Reading Partners has been running since 2005, run by The Reading Agency in partnership with ten publishers. They are: Bloomsbury, Faber, Hachette Livre, HarperCollins, Harlequin Mills & Boon, Pan Macmillan, Penguin, Random House, Time Warner and Independent Publishers Guild

Reading Partners' aim is to give readers more of a say in books, create a buzz beyond the high street and have a say in how books are marketed. The consortium also aims to give readers a vibrant and exciting experience when they visit their local library.

In 2007, the consortium worked on an exciting initiative for Black and Minority Ethnic readers, called Reaching Readers. The Reading Partners publishers teamed up with public libraries on six projects in Birmingham, Leeds, Lewisham, Manchester, Newham and Norfolk. Together they worked on 16 innovative projects to promote books and the joys of reading to a culturally diverse audience. Activities included work with reading groups, exciting book promotions to introduce more readers to books by British Black and Asian writers, and engaging author events. The projects helped publishers and libraries learn more about each other's work and about all aspects of BME reading and writing.

A new partnership scheme between children’s publishers and librarians was launched in May 2008, heralding a new era of joint work. Called Children’s Reading Partners, it is led by The Reading Agency and involves 12 children’s publishers, The Publishers’ Association and the main children’s library bodies. It is working to take the children’s library/publisher relationship to a new level, with the ultimate aim of encouraging more children to read more.


Reading Partners: Bloomsbury, Faber, Hachette Livre, HarperCollins, Harlequin Mills & Boon, Pan Macmillan, Penguin, Random House, Time Warner and the Independent Publishers Guild.

Children's Reading Partners: Ten children’s publishers are on board for the two-year pilot: Hachette, Harper Collins, Faber, Macmillan, Penguin, Random House, Simon and Schuster, OUP, Scholastic and Walker. The Publishers’ Association is also supporting the scheme. Two publishers are involved in a one-year work package: Bloomsbury with the teenage website, and Egmont with Chatterbooks reading groups

Contact details for the project

Sandeep Mahal, Project Manager
Tel: 01922 496 051

Tom Palmer, Project Manager
Tel: 01706 813 641

Media enquiries: Deborah Hyde, or 07956 320 486

Also available to speak about their involvement with Reading Partners and Children's Reading Parnters are:

• CEOs of major publishing houses • Authors involved in Reading Partners library events • Librarians, reading groups and readers involved in Reading Partners events, including:

External Links

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