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Lonely Planet moves to Hachette UK Distribution

3rd November 2023: As part of their third-party publisher expansion plans, Hachette UK Distribution today announced Lonely Planet, the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, will join their distribution facility from 3rd June 2024.

Over the past 50 years, Lonely Planet has sold over 150 million guidebooks covering 221 countries. With 900 active titles, their three imprints – Lonely Planet, Lonely Planet Kids and Lonely PlanetFood, will be supported by Hachette UK’s market-leading service levels. Lonely Planet is the sixth third-party publisher to join Hachette UK Distribution in three years, following in the footsteps of British Library Publishing in June 2023 and Pinnacle Booksales who will join in January 2024. Home to the most advanced warehousing technology in UK publishing, Hachette UK Distribution has been an industry leader since 2020. The ongoing expansion plan represents the largest single investment in the history of the UK book distribution market.

Russell Evans, Business Development Director at Hachette UK Distribution, says: “I’m thrilled to welcome Lonely Planet to join our ever-expanding distribution family. This is an important and exciting new partnership for Hachette UK Distribution, and we are ready to deliver an outstanding distribution service for Lonely Planet and their brilliant team.”

Chris Zeiher, Senior Director of Sales & Marketing at Lonely Planet says: “Lonely Planet would like to thank Grantham Book Services for the decades of hard work they’ve put in as our distribution partner. The team there has helped us to maintain a place as one of the world’s most popular travel brands and for that, we’re incredibly grateful. Looking forward, we’re very excited that, in our 50th year, we can announce our distribution move to Hachette UK Distribution. The team there is eager and well prepared to help us capitalise on the travel guidebook rebound and build new opportunities for our expanding trade and children’s lists.”