08 March 2010


Over at Dear Author Jane asked what people would like to say to publishers. Well, actually she asked readers what they'd like to say. If you ask writers, the answer is always "publish my book".

The post and comments are interesting reading. What caught my eye was how much dedicated readers want access to backlists. Speaking as a reader, it's not that we become obsessive when we discover a favourite author (honestly, not obsessive), but the promise of renewing our involvement in a wonderful book adventure is too much to resist. We want backlists. We chase them through libraries, book stores and sales. Some of us even have sad little lists of desired titles.

If I was to put money on changes wrought by ebooks, I'd say "backlists are coming".

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