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backlist

[bak-list] /ˈbækˌlɪst/
noun
1.
the books that a publisher has kept in print over several years, as distinguished from newly issued titles.
adjective
2.
Also, backlisted. placed or maintained on a backlist.
verb (used with object)
3.
to place on a backlist.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; back2 + list1
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Examples from the web for backlist
  • backlist books-those which sell reliably over time-are vital to publishing houses.
  • We've got a large and impressive backlist, and getting it out there in a digital environment is key.
  • But it has the sort of solid backlist that makes a publisher feel comfortable.
British Dictionary definitions for backlist

backlist

/ˈbækˌlɪst/
noun
1.
a publisher's previously published books that are still available See also front list, mid-list
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Word Origin and History for backlist
n.

1946, in publishing, from back (adj.) + list (n.). As a verb, "to put on the back list," from 1983. Related: Backlisted.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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