Friday, May 29, 2009

A Little More on Large Print

In case you’re interested in knowing more about Thorndike Press, which turns many great Barbour books into large-print books, here’s some information from our contact at Thorndike, Hazel Rumney:

“Thorndike Press has been publishing large print books for over twenty-five years. In an effort to meet the needs of a large range of libraries, we have a variety of standing order plans. Standing orders can most simply be described as subscription plans, whereby we automatically ship books to libraries as soon as they are published. I acquire large print rights to several of these plans: Inspirational, Christian Fiction, Christian Romance, Christian Mystery, Christian Historical Fiction, Christian Large Print (our softcover editions), Clean Reads and Health, Home & Learning.

Within each standing order plan, there are tiers so libraries can sign up for whichever tier suits their needs and budget: Christian Fiction is our largest tiered standing order and has 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 tiers; 2 being 2 titles shipped, 3 being 3 titles shipped, etc. Some of these tiers sell better than others. CF6 has the lowest standing order base and will sell 300 to 350 units.

I acquire 168 Christian fiction titles a year and many of these are Barbour titles. An added bonus for me is that Barbour is such a pleasure to work with! Laura Young makes acquisitions easy and smooth, and I can depend on her for a quick response, always a plus when I'm facing a deadline.”

Thanks for sharing with us, Hazel!


Erica Vetsch said...

Thank you for letting us peek into this part of the process. It's one of the things I really enjoy about The Edit Cafe.

I love that so many Christian Fiction titles make it to the Large Print editions--thereby enlarging the audience and spreading hope.

I'll have to inquire at my local library to see how many titles they get each shipment, and how I might be able to talk them into bumping that up. :)

The Write Life said...

This was an interesting insight into how some of the book orders come in. Thank you for sharing!


Susan Page Davis said...

I found this especially interesting since I live only about 15 miles from Thorndike Press (which started in the tiny town of Thorndike, Maine but has since moved to a small city). They have published one of my books in large print so far (Finding Marie). It has a hard cover and no jacket (Library binding) and a totally different cover graphic than the original publisher used. So it looks very different from the original.

Carrie Turansky said...

I enjoyed learning more about Thorndike. Thanks for sharing this info with us. I have one book with them, Kiss the Bride. It was fun to see how the cover design they came up with. : )

Edna said...

I love the edit cafe and to be able to read about all the processes of making a book from the author on.


Mary Connealy said...

I'd love for my books to end up in large print. I've got several older acquaintences who aren't reading them because the print is too small...or at least that's the excuse they've given me...HEY!!!!!!!!!

Laura Young said...

Good news, Mary! Thorndike just contracted Petticoat Ranch for large print. It's scheduled to release in September!

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