After introducing you to some of our team members last year, this year we wanted to highlight a (small) part of our customers. We feel very privileged and proud to be able to collaborate with such partners and thank them warmly for their loyalty.
The University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press) produces books integral to Canada’s cultural, political, and social fabric and is widely touted as the country’s pre-eminent social science publisher. Established in 1971 and now offering 900 titles in print and 65 to 70 new works per year, the Press publishes titles for readers with an interest in subjects that include: Canadian history, political science, the environment, Indigenous history and current issues, legal trends, social policy, sexuality studies, education, natural resources, communications, labour studies, historical geography, health policy, food studies, immigration, multiculturalism, and transnationalism.
Our Long Struggle for Home: The Ipperwash Story, by the Aazhoodenaang Enjibaajig, was our most successful book. It’s a firsthand account of the Ipperwash crisis, and was published this year at a time of heightened interest in decolonization efforts. We’re thrilled to have this book on our list and looking forward to seeing it become part of Canada’s understanding of the Ipperwash story.
Yes. I once misheard Yann when he said that he was a Habs fan. I thought he had said “Avs” fan – my favourite team! I was thrilled! Later, when he wrote me an email saying “go Habs,” I finally realized what he had actually said. How disappointing…
Founded in 2017 by Canadian author and publishing executive Kenneth Whyte, Sutherland House is a new Toronto-based publisher of non-fiction books for global English-language audiences.
They specialize in narrative works of biography, memoir, history, business, culture, and current affairs. Aiming for high-quality and broad appeal, They have published sixteen books in 2022. In their short life, they have already had books on legitimate bestseller lists and nominated for major prizes.
One of the most successful titles we printed with Rapido in 2022, was Funeral for a Queen by John Fraser. This book is about the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and the 10 days of official mourning which followed. Funeral for a Queen also marks the first edition of Sutherland House’s new series Sutherland Quarterly. Readers can subscribe online at www.sutherlandquarterly.com, where we publish captivating essays on current affairs by some of Canada’s best writers.
Accommodating! Working with Rapido has been great. The main person of contact I deal with is Alexis, and he is always ready and willing to help. No matter the print run, rush print, or print changes, Alexis is great with accommodating our needs and doing his best to help.
Founded in 1987 in Burnaby, BC and originally named Canadadada Press, Ronsdale Press took its present name in 1995 under new owners Ronald Hatch and his wife Veronica. Ronsdale Press is now based in Vancouver and publishes fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature and poetry by Canadian authors.
Our most successful title so far is Out of Hiding: Holocaust Literature of British Columbia. We were fortunate on a few fronts. The author, Alan Twigg, was tireless in promoting the book when it came out in April and conducted many interviews with media. He was also asked to speak about Out of Hiding on the closing night of the JCC Jewish Book Festival, which is not only one of Vancouver’s largest literary events but one of the first live events to be held after the COVID pandemic.
Since its founding in 1998, Carte Blanche has established itself as a reference in turnkey publishing in Quebec, publishing over the years some 1,000 books for clients such as Biscuits Leclerc, the Sûreté du Québec, Aliments Breton and the Montreal Police Department, as well as for various professional associations, including the Quebec Neurosurgery Association (ANCQ) and the Canadian Craft Guild.
Founded in 2009 by Antoine Del Busso, Del Busso publishes novels, poetry, essays and reference works. Over the years, several of his books have won awards, including Ce qu’on respire sur Tatouine by Jean-Christophe Réhel in 2019 (Prix des collègiens).
Our title Ce que vous avez à dire n’intéresse personne (No One’s Interested in What You Have to Say) had to be reprinted urgently at Rapido to satisfy the bookstores’ needs. A nice surprise! Beyond the (very) catchy title, this book has a real relevance in our world of overabundance of information, ideas and opinions. How to better communicate? At the office – and even at home! -it’s important to know how to be convincing!
Initiated by her parents who ran a pioneering and popular psychology publishing house in Quebec for 26 years, Marie-Josée Blanchard launched Performance Edition in 2011 with her optimistic and communicative energy: our mission is to publish books of inspiration and personal growth. Different collections allow readers to find the inspiration or entertainment they need: personal growth, life experiences, inspirational novels, helping relationships, sales & marketing.
Commencer par pourquoi (Begin With Why) by author Simon Sinek is a must-read book that has been on the road to success for about eight years. It is selling like hotcakes! The author is a very popular and well-known speaker on social networks, which greatly helps the sale of this book.
ConclusionSometimes the simplest ideas are the most ambitious. The one that led to the creation of Rapido Books certainly had both of these characteristics: to offer the fastest, most efficient service in a long-established industry without making the slightest concession to the quality of the books produced.
Ten years have passed since Rapido started serving its first customers. Most of them still work with us. Many others have joined us in the meantime, and our team is proud to now ship orders across Canada, from sea to sea.
From university presses to renowned publishing houses to independent publishers, we have the privilege of working on a daily basis with a wide variety of players in the Canadian cultural sector. Their dynamism and passion for the transmission of ideas, so vital to the proper functioning of our society, are a true source of inspiration for us, and motivate us to constantly push back the level of standards with which we work. We sincerely thank them for that.
2023 is likely to be another year of change and challenges. The Rapido team has prepared for this and will continue to offer and develop its printing solutions to accompany you during this period. We will also continue to publish resources (video tutorials, technical or historical blog posts) to share our knowledge and expertise as much as possible.