Faber launches new membership programme

Faber launches new membership programme

Faber has a launched a new membership programme, which will offer special collector's editions of some of the publisher's titles.

The new programme, Faber Members, will offer both a free and a premium tier costing £500 a year, with each giving members a different range of features.

The free-to-join Faber Members will give people a programme of members-only events and masterclasses, as well as 15% discount on on all titles sold on the Faber.co.uk website and courses run by the Faber Academy. They will also have the chance to buy a monthly series of collector's edition hardbacks produced specially for Faber Members, beginning this March with a £50 hardback of Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant.

Meanwhile, the premium tier, Faber Collector, will give members a 25% discount on all titles on the Faber site and courses, a free one-day course at the Academy, and a year of collector's editions.

The collector's editions will only be available to members through the website. Costing £50 each, they are printed in Yorkshire with a traditional lithographic method on a small, sheet-fed Heidelberg press. They are then sewn and quarter-bound in cloth by hand, and feature new jackets and endpapers designed by in-house designers. After The Buried Giant, the next title will be Seamus Heaney's New Selected Poems 1966 – 1987, P D James' Cover Her Face, Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Simon Armitage's Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

The books will all come with an introductory letter from a publishing director at the company.

Henry Volans, director of Faber Press, said: "Faber is blessed with a list of exceptional and enduring books, a flourishing writing Academy and a calendar of events with brilliant writers. Today we are delighted to announce a unique membership scheme to reward our readers as never before and in a way that only Faber can."

Matt Haslum, consumer marketing director at Faber said: "Faber Members is at the heart of our offer to readers. We've built a new e-commerce environment for our website, making for a much richer experience for consumers, and serving members is at its core."

Faber relaunched its website last year, with a focus on direct-to-consumer sales. The Academy site was also revamped this year, integrating with the main site and meaning users needed only one account to access both sites.