Friday, May 02, 2008

All classics, all the time

The new imprint, called Faber Finds, will publish such classic titles as Angus Wilson's Anglo Saxon Attitudes and John Betjeman's Ghastly Good Taste, as well as relatively recent titles such as John Carey's acclaimed biography of John Donne. Faber Finds will make use of print-on-demand technology in order to allow for print runs of between one and 50 books at a time, thereby avoiding the financial risks associated with traditional publishing's requirement for large-volume print runs.

The new titles, which will retail at about £9, and be printed with automatically generated cover designs, will not be stocked in large quantities by booksellers, but will be available to order through most major booksellers and the majority of internet-based book retailers.

The publisher aims to publish up to 20 new titles every month, after the launch list of 100 books to be made available this June. Faber is the first mainstream non-academic publisher to invest heavily in the POD model, and actively to source material previously published elsewhere for a POD imprint.

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