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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bringing Books Back From The Dead ... And Preserving For Posterity

Discovering old literary masterpieces (40, 60, 80 and 100 plus years old) ... like stumbling upon great old movies (and actors) ... is a special joy that awakens the forgotten talent of past artists and gives them a sort of rebirth and appreciation.

Bloomsbury Publishing, with their new purely digital imprint Bloomsbury Reader 'has signed up a string of authors including Monica Dickens, great grand-daughter of Charles, politicians Alan Clark and Ted Heath, crime writer H.R.F. Keating and novelist Ivy Compton-Burnett.'

For now, Bloomsbury Reader will be concentrating on out-of-print crime and romance genres.

Mike Collett-White, writing for Reuters, has this to say about the Bloomsbury Reader "raising books from the dead" venture:

Bloomsbury venture to bring books "back from dead"

Bloomsbury Publishing, home to the Harry Potter books in Britain, launched its first purely digital imprint on Wednesday which it said would bring out-of-print titles "back from the dead".

Bloomsbury Reader has signed up a string of authors including Monica Dickens, great grand-daughter of Charles, politicians Alan Clark and Ted Heath, crime writer H.R.F. Keating and novelist Ivy Compton-Burnett.

The publisher is focusing on books which are out of print and where all English-language rights have reverted back to the author or the author's estate.

In several cases, for example Clark's famous political diaries, some of an author's work is still in print and remains with the original publisher. Those books that are not will be digitally published by Bloomsbury Reader.

"In my experience, if people read a book by an author and they love that author, they suddenly want to read everything by that author and that's where this can fit in," said Stephanie Duncan, digital media director at Bloomsbury Publishing.

"Once you've read every Inspector Ghote mystery then you think, well what else has H.R.F. Keating written, and that's where Bloomsbury Reader comes in because we'll be delivering all those books," she told Reuters in an interview.

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