back·​list | \ˈbak-ˌlist \

Definition of backlist 

: a list of books kept in print as distinguished from books newly published

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They'll be expected to do a book tour with plenty of signing events, and have hefty backlist sales—meaning copies will need to move long after the initial buzz wears off. Erin Quinn-kong, Town & Country, "Can the Obamas Actually Earn Back Their Record-Setting Book Advance?," 24 Mar. 2017 Third-party sellers were in the buy box for more than 10 percent of the backlist titles Lubart has reviewed. Ángel González, The Seattle Times, "Amazon gives book resellers new prominence, and publishers aren’t happy," 15 June 2017 With the demise of Borders and the decline of Barnes & Noble, backlist—i.e. Alex Shephard, New Republic, "Amazon Steps Up Its Battle With the Book Industry," 10 May 2017 At stake is whether traditional publishers own the rights to the hundreds of thousands of backlist titles under contract prior to 1990. M.j. Rose, WIRED, "Psalm’s New E-Book Reader," 29 Jan. 2002

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First Known Use of backlist

1946, in the meaning defined above

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