Financial Times Partners With Sister Co. Penguin on ‘Lunch’ Ebook

The Financial Times has been publishing ebooks since the summer of 2012. It’s part of a long list of non-book-publishing companies that have joined the ebook revolution.

Most recently, Scientific American launched a series of ebooks. American Express Publishing launched an ebook line with Vook. The Atlantic began to publish its own ebooks. USA Today published USA Tomorrow, a collection of expert predictions about the future of America. Harlequin and Cosmopolitan magazine inked a deal to publish several ebooks a month together. Newsweek/Daily Beast entered into a partnership with Vook to publish ebooks. Playboy launched a series of shorts for the Kindle, the Washington Post announced an e-book program, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, a trade publication focused on the higher education field, launched an e-book business. Other notable companies to jump into the space are magazine publishers Conde Nast and Hearst and NBC News, a division of NBC Universal. And the Wall Street Journal has recently rejuvenated its e-book program.


FT and Penguin publish Lunch with the FT: 52 Classic Interviews

Today the Financial Times and Penguin publish Lunch with the FT: 52Classic Interviews in hardback and eBook format. The book, edited by FT editor Lionel Barber, with a foreword by CEO John Ridding, reads like an international Who’s Who of our times. From film stars to politicians, tycoons to writers, dissidents to lifestyle gurus, Lunch with the FT is a selection of classic interviews conducted in the unforgiving proximity of a restaurant table. Featuring a collection of memorable lunches with prominent personalities – ranging from Angela Merkel and Jeff Bezos to Michael Caine and Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs – the book will both enlighten and entertain.

Lunch with the FT is part of the Financial Times’ 125th anniversary celebrations with anniversary receptions in London and New York, a global marketing campaign and a dedicated hub on, which will feature anniversary content throughout the year.

Financial Times editor Lionel Barber commented: “From the very first mouthful, Lunch with the FT was destined to become a permanent fixture for our readers around the globe, showing the FT at its eclectic best. The original idea was to rediscover the art of conversation in a convivial setting. Although the lives of the rich and powerful have required the FT to accommodate the occasional breakfast or tea, the menu still offers a chance to catch those rare casual remarks from the people who make the headlines.”

For more information about the book, including where to purchase, go to

More information about the FT’s 125th anniversary, including special features and photos, are available at and the FT Tumblr page. Follow #FT125 on Twitter.

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