In the three years that I’ve been blogging, it’s been quite inspiring to see how in their capacity as enthusiastic and articulate readers, bloggers really do have the power to influence publishers. In particular, there have been several instances where books were brought back into print largely due to bloggers’ support. Several novels of Margery Sharp were made available as e-books this year by Open Road Media (thank you, Beyond Eden Rock and Genusrosa). Heavenali’s championship of the novels of Mary Hocking ended with her being asked to lend her copies to Bello Books for scanning, and they’re now available as e-books and print-on-demand. And Furrowed Middlebrow now has its own imprint at Dean Street Press, bringing back handpicked twentieth-century British fiction and nonfiction by women.
So here’s what I want to know: if you had this kind of power, what books would you like to see back in print? What titles would you select if you could have your very own [Insert Blog Name Here] imprint?
I should keep better track of the lost books that have crossed my path, in case such an opportunity should ever arise. I feel as though there have been dozens, but I can only think of a few, mostly thanks to other bloggers.
- I’ve been hunting for The Growing Summer/The Magic Summer by Noel Streatfeild since I read this review at Girl with Her Head in a Book.
- The even more obscure The Children Who Changed by David Fletcher was brought to my attention via A Gallimaufry.
- Strongholds (aka Persephone) by Lucy Boston would seem a natural choice for Persephone, the publisher — as suggested by Howling Frog Books.
- Leaves and Pages has gotten me hankering after The Visiting Moon by Celia Furse — which in its turn would seem to be a perfect choice for Slightly Foxed Editions. If I can’t have my own imprint, I can try to offer some suggestions to the publishers that do!
What obscure gems would you want to bring back — either because you’ve already read and loved them, or because you’re dying to have a chance to do so?