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Brexit - ‘a gigantic nightmare' for small publishers

27 February 2023

‘It is a gigantic nightmare. Where to start? It's increased print costs. It's made it harder for printers to source the materials they need. It's disrupted everything in the UK, helped wreck the economy, and that of course has a big impact on people's ability to buy books. It's made us an international laughing stock and made the UK look unreliable, unpleasant and stupid - and that makes it harder to do foreign rights deals. It's made travel in Europe harder, with longer queues and worse exchange rates. On top of all that it's given us seven years of uncertainty and disruption and I'm sure there's still more pain to come. There is no new normal. There is just ongoing agony.'

Sam Jordison of Galley Beggar Press puts what other indie publishers are feeling into words in a wide-ranging article in Bookbrunch, which regrettably is behind the paywall