TMB Books - the publishing arm of the Tripe Marketing Board - is this week celebrating its first publication reaching the coveted No 1 spot in the Amazon Free Kindle Downloads charts (18 December 2012).
Emily French, TMB Books' Communications Officer, said: "This is fantastic news for everyone in the publishing office. Forgotten Lancashire and Parts of Cheshire and the Wirral is our first book and it's particularly pleasing to have topped this chart in the week leading up to Christmas." Meanwhile, sales of the print version of the book continue to go well. Tripe Marketing Board Chairman, Sir Norman Wrassle said: "I'll be the first to admit I was sceptical about moving into publishing, but I'm happy to hold my hands up and accept I was wrong. Thanks to Derek Ripley's book, we're putting tripe firmly back on the map."
Dr Ripley has attracted a lot of attention since his book was published. He now writes a regular column for Lancashire Life magazine and his most recent offering charts the development of some ancient Lancashire Christmas traditions.
He is hard at work on his next book, due out from TMB Books in early 2013, charting the history of a forgotten north west film studio, Twentieth Century Spatchcock - more details at the Lost Films website.
On hearing that TMB Books has reached the No 1 spot, Sir Norman said: "It's amazing how many people want to read a free book on Amazon Kindle - all I can think is that this must be some sort of protest against Amazon's failure to pay tax in the UK."