Financial Times launches compact book series

London - The Financial Times will be introducing a Compact Books series on Monday 16th January. Every Monday for six weeks the FT will provide a complimentary compact book along with the paper. The books, thirty-two pages long, will offer a summary of key business books.

The series, produced in conjunction with getAbstract, focus on successful business icons. It starts with iCon Steve Jobs: The Great Second Act in the History of Business. Other books include Ryanair: How a Small Irish Airline Conquered Europe, The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture and Top Man: How Philip Green Built His High Street Empire.

Steven Inchcoombe, UK Publisher, commented: "The FT aims to provide readers with an executive summary of the key books that can inspire and aid people in their careers. These books offer readers a snapshot of the challenges business icons have faced and how they have successfully overcome them; I am sure they will prove popular."

All books can be bought in full from the FT's online bookshop at www.ft.com/bookshop.

For further information

Please contact Lucy Ellison on +44 (0)20 7873 3119 or on lucy.ellison@ft.com

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About the Financial Times

The Financial Times Group, one of the world's leading business information companies, aims to provide a broad range of business information and services to the growing audience of internationally minded business people.  The FT Group includes:

  1. The Financial Times, one of the world's leading business newspapers, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy.  Providing extensive news, comment and analysis, the newspaper is printed in 23 cities across the globe, has a daily circulation of over 425,000 and a readership of more than 1.6 million people worldwide.
  2. FT.com is one of the world's leading business information websites, and the internet partner of the FT newspaper. Since its relaunch in May 2002, the website has continued to be the definitive home for business intelligence on the web, providing an essential source of news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community. FT.com attracts 3.9 million unique monthly visitors, generating 46 million page views and has almost 80,000 subscribers. FT.com broke even in December 2002.
  3. The FT Group's pan-European network of national business newspapers and online services including France's leading business newspaper and website, Les Echos and lesechos.fr.  In February 2000, the FT launched a new German language newspaper, FT Deutschland, with a fully integrated online business news and data service.
  4. Through FT Interactive Data, the FT Group is one of the world's leading sources of securities pricing and specialist financial information to global institutional, professional and individual investors.  Its products include eSignal, an online realtime streaming quotation service for brokers and active traders.
  5. FT Business, which produces specialist information on the retail, personal and institutional finance industries. It publishes the UK's premier personal finance magazine, Investors Chronicle, and The Banker, Money Management and Financial Adviser for professional advisers.
  6. The Financial Times Group also has a stake in a number of joint ventures, including;
    • FTSE International, a joint venture with the London Stock Exchange.
    • Vedomosti, Russia's leading business newspaper and a partnership venture with Dow Jones and Independent Media
    • A 50% stake in BDFM, publishers of South Africa's leading financial newspapers and websites.
    • A 50% stake in The Economist Group, which publishes the world's leading weekly business and current affairs journal.
    • A 13.85% stake in Business Standard, one of India's leading financial newspapers.

The FT Group is part of Pearson plc, the international media group.