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the books that a publisher has kept in print over several years, as distinguished from newly issued titles.
Also, backlisted. placed or maintained on a backlist.
to place on a backlist.
Contemporary Examples

The motto of this column is that the backlist is for weenies.
Do I Have to Read Committed? William Boot January 29, 2010

a publisher’s previously published books that are still available See also front list, mid-list

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


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