Unbound, the online trading name of United Authors Publishing Ltd, is a privately held international crowdfunded publishing company.[1][2] It is based in London, UK. The company was founded by John Mitchinson, director of research for the British television panel game QI; Justin Pollard, historian and QI researcher; and author Dan Kieran.[3][4]

Parent companyUnited Authors Publishing Ltd.
Founded9 June 2010; 13 years ago (2010-06-09)
FounderJustin Pollard, John Mitchinson, Dan Kieran
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon, N1
Publication typesBooks
Official websitewww.unbound.com

Projects edit

In 2016[5] Unbound launched a podcast called Backlisted, involving a guest (typically a writer) share a book they love and why it deserves more coverage. Some bookshops now carry a Backlisted section due to the popularity of the podcast.

In the fall of 2017 Unbound launched Boundless, an online literary magazine with a focus on long form writing and tackle the decline in traditional media. Arifa Akbar, former literary editor of The Independent, was brought in as the editor.[6]

In March 2021, the company announced a crowdfunder for 42: the wildly improbable ideas of Douglas Adams, a book based on Douglas Adams' papers, edited by Kevin Jon Davies.[7] The book was published on 28 August 2023 (ISBN 9781800182684) and became a Sunday Times number one bestseller.[8]

Selected authors edit

The following authors were on the original launch list:

References edit

  1. ^ Skidelsky, William (18 December 2011). "21st-century publishing builds on a healthy radical tradition". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  2. ^ Williams, Charlotte (3 June 2011). "Unbound aims for 40 books in year one". The Bookseller. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b Barnett, Emma (20 May 2011). "Hay Festival 2011: New site Unbound gives readers the power of publishing". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Company Information". Unbound. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  5. ^ "About". Backlisted. 26 November 2019. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  6. ^ Onwuemezi, Natasha (30 August 2017). "Akbar to edit online literary magazine for Unbound". The Bookseller (in Breton). Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  7. ^ Brown, Mark (22 March 2021). "Douglas Adams' note to self reveals author found writing torture". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  8. ^ Bayley, Sian (4 September 2023). "Unbound achieves first Sunday Times number one bestseller". The Bookseller. Retrieved 4 September 2023.
  9. ^ "Publishing: Terry Jones advocates online book publishing". BBC News. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  10. ^ Scott, Katie (5 August 2011). "Monty Python's Terry Jones crowdsources funding for book". Wired.

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