from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A publisher's list of older titles kept in print.
- transitive v. To place (a title) on a backlist.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To hold back a student's application (to a college etc.) based on whether a preferred candidate declines their offer.
- v. To place (a book) on a backlist.
- n. A list of older books available from a publisher, as opposed to the frontlist of more recent titles.
New fans hooked by this one will be happy to know that his backlist is even richer.
It's great that my backlist is still available, and I'm glad it still perks along, but the Spanish edition of TWO BOYS IN LOVE came out in 2001, so it's been 7 years since I had a book of adult fiction out here.
The backlist is likely to have a resurgence of popularity in the light of Sue Grafton's recent, deserved winning of the 2008 CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger.
At the same time, I learned that my publisher was paying a large sum for the 1,500-title backlist of a bankrupt publishing company.
(See my husband Dean Wesley Smith’s post on The Magic Bakery to understand how backlist translates into money for writers.)
"Chelsea Green, along with many other small publishers, could not have survived and thrived without the innovations that Amazon has brought to the book marketplace, including being able to showcase our entire 350 title backlist online where it can be found by our customers.
Back-lists are also being digitised: Penguin is already working on turning its 5,000 title backlist into e-books for publication this and next year, and Bloomsbury recently joined Microsoft's Live Search programme to enable the digitisation of its entire backlist, which it will then sell as e-books and print on demand.
And it's going to be publishing what's known as the backlist, backlist titles, titles like "The Invisible Man," "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," books published before digital books existed.
Jeri Smith-Ready, author of the quite wonderful EYES OF CROW and the much-anticipated sequel VOICE OF CROW, sent me a copy of Harlequin's single-title backlist catalogue for Q4, which is, I gather, what booksellers use to re-order books.
The discussions about the digital fate of Mr. Styron's work are similar to the negotiations playing out across the book industry as publishers hustle to capture the rights to release e-book versions of so-called backlist books.
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