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(1) Detailed listing of a publisher’s titles sent to booksellers, libraries, institutions, etc. with the purpose of promoting and facilitating sales. Typically, these only include recent and forthcoming titles. Smaller presses normally produce only one catalogue annually whereas it is common for larger presses (especially US university presses) to produce two seasonal catalogues. Large publishers may additionally or alternatively produce annual subject catalogues for key market segments.

(2) Publisher’s list, hence sometimes a backlist is referred to as a back catalogue.

An example of a publisher’s catalogue is found here.

This definition is extracted (and expanded on) from the book Getting Published: A Companion for the Humanities and Social Sciences by Gerald Jackson and Marie Lenstrup. It was first referred to in the blog Getting Published in a post on announcing your book.

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