Friday, June 06, 2008

Faber's print on demand plans

In The Daily Telegraph, Faber & Faber chief executive Stephen Page explains how the publisher is using print on demand technology to revive thousands of out-of-print book.
Traditionally, to reprint a book economically meant printing at least 2,000 or 3,000 copies - occasionally fewer, but not easily. Many good books have gone out of print as their audience has dwindled.

Excellent books, however small their audience, deserve an ongoing life. Much that is published is not excellent, nor does it need to be to turn the wheel of the books industry. However, at the heart of Faber's new imprint, Faber Finds, is the thrilling thought that the digital revolution holds the key to the resuscitation of many high-quality titles by good writers as printed books, not digital files.

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