Pan Mac reignites Curtis Brown backlist with Bello

Pan Macmillan has teamed up with Curtis Brown to release hundreds of out-of-print titles from the agency's list as digital editions.

Macmillan Bello will launch 120 titles next month, with a further 400 in 2012. The launch list includes novels from conservationist author Gerald Durrell, writer and gardener Vita Sackville-West, crime novelist Francis Durbridge and novelist and critic D J Taylor. Other authors whose work features on the new list include Gillian Tindall and a novel for adults by the children's author Eva Ibbotson.

Macmillan Bello was known as Macmillan Compass when it was announced in June. The books will be available digitally and as print-on-demand books.

Bello will be managed by Pan Mac fiction publisher Jeremy Trevathan and digital director Sara Lloyd. Trevathan said: "The moment we started talking to Curtis Brown we realised what an extraordinary list they managed. It's a personal pleasure to be able to bring back into print some great writers of earlier generations including some of the great names of crime and thriller writing."

Anna Davis, agent for literary estates and head of book contracts at Curtis Brown, said: "At Curtis Brown we have been researching the best ways to revive our authors' out-of-print books and were hugely impressed with Macmillan's plans, ambition, vision and commitment to neglected writers."

Bello is the latest move by the UK publishing industry to reissue out-of-print titles as digital editions. Earlier this year, Ed Victor launched Bedford Square and Bloomsbury announced its Reader Service with the Rights House and PFD.
 

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