back·​list | \ ˈbak-ˌlist How to pronounce backlist (audio) \

Definition of backlist

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

Examples of backlist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soho Press, based in Manhattan, has specialized in literary fiction and memoirs with a backlist that includes books by Jake Arnott, Edwidge Danticat, John L’Heureux, Delores Phillips, Sue Townsend and Jacqueline Winspear. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 That same issue led to fierce economic backlist in 2016 in North Carolina. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Jan. 2022 Newcomers to his daunting backlist may need a bit of guidance. Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2021 There will be 24 authors, plus our employees in the pool —along with the top three backlist earners. Sara Bliss, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 The Regency-era bodice-ripper is not alone: A number of backlist titles, such as The Queen’s Gambit, have enjoyed a late-in-life revival thanks to Netflix’s attention. Alexander Manshel, The Atlantic, 16 July 2021 A decade earlier, backlist titles comprised around half of all sales. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2021 The other four titles have sold between 216 and 470 copies—a respectable number for backlist, but nothing spectacular. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 4 Mar. 2021 These concerns dovetail with another major trend in the book industry, an increasingly heavy reliance on two cash cows: bestsellers and backlist titles. Chad W. Post, Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of backlist

1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Backlist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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