Friday, 17 February 2012

Important news! Alma Classics!

It's been some time since our last post and the reason for this is that we've been busy revamping Oneworld Classics and launching the new imprint Alma Classics!

In Spring 2007 Alessandro Gallenzi and Elisabetta Minervini, founders of Alma Books, launched Oneworld Classics in partnership with the directors of Oneworld Publications, Juliet Mabey and Novin Doostdar. During these five years Oneworld Classics took on the legendary Calder Publications list (founded in 1949) and launched a new music imprint Overture Publishing.

We are now delighted to announce that Alma Books has acquired Oneworld Classics and will be rebranding this amazing collection as Alma Classics. Apart from revamping these much loved titles and breathing new life into them we will also continue the Oneworld Classics mission, publishing not only the greatest masterpieces of all time but also making available unjustly neglected works of enduring significance.

Elisabetta Minervini, Alma Books’ Publisher, says: “We are really thrilled to welcome the classics into the Alma home. We like the idea of creating a dialogue between contemporary and classic authors. It will strengthen our desire to create a community of people who love literature. It is our plan to go back to the ideals that moved us when we started working in publishing: beautiful books lovingly produced; carefully selected texts of great classics from world literature, offered in new translations. Some of the new editions will be published in hardback, while other titles will be given a contemporary look with the aim of bringing these wonderful books to new readers.”

Alessandro Gallenzi, Alma Books’ Managing Director, says: "We would like to thank Novin and Juliet for helping us to set it up and being such supportive partners. It has been a pleasure to work with them, and we wish them every success in the development of their Oneworld Publications list.”

Alma Classics will continue the publishing program set by Oneworld Classics for Spring 2012 but significant changes will happen in the latter half of the year when we plan to launch new editions of bestselling titles with new covers and extra material. Most of the Oneworld Classics titles are still available for purchase however in the next three years Alma Classics will gradually replace them with new volumes.

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