Oneworld has a 20,000 print run for its special hardback edition cover of the Man Booker Prize winning A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James which will be released in mid-November. The book is currently available as an £8.99 paperback.
The publisher has revealed a mock-up of the special hardback cover to The Bookseller, which will feature a "pared down, classic, beautiful, classy, high-impact design." The case cover is to have a silver pantone disc and black foil blocking on the front, back and spine, and will feature spot UV and clear foil to pick out details on the record. The new edition [pictured below] will also have four colour endpapers, head and tail bands and a ribbon marker.
Oneworld art director James Jones said: “Playing on the record theme running throughout the covers and inspired by limited edition records of the 70s, the special edition features a Platinum disc along with a pared down, classic design printed straight on to board. Along with record cover style endpapers and other design features throughout."
Oneworld will also add a special note from James as a preface and "probably" a playlist curated by the author. Juliet Mabey, publisher at Oneworld, told The Bookseller that she had "decided against" a previously mooted exclusive special edition for Waterstones. She said: "We’re an indie publisher, and it wouldn't be very fair to all the indies that support us round the country.”
The publisher will also be sending the title pages to the US for James to sign which the printers will then bind into approximately 1,000 copies of the books.
Oneworld has a provisional price of £25 for the hardback edition.
HBO are currently working on the first script to the TV adaptation of A Brief History. Rights were acquired in April.