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Suggestions for our Non-Fiction range

Following the success of our audiobook of The Communist Manifesto, we're looking for suggestions for further non-fiction titles. For reasons of studio time and copyright law, we need the titles to conform to the following two precepts:

1. The text must be out of copyright. The author and, where applicable, the translator need to have been dead for at least 70 years, i.e. 1941 or before.

2. The text must be less than 60 pages in length. While we might all welcome an unabridged audiobook of The Origin of Species, there's simply no way we could keep the costs manageable for a book of that scale.

So long as the text meets those two criteria, any non-fiction title will be considered: political tracts, travelogues, letters, biographies, music or art reference works, literary criticism, philosophy, history, mathematics, science, economics, geography and so on. Where works have been translated, please specify the translation you'd recommend. That's it: be inventive.

We'll look at all your recommendations and, who knows, you may very well see your idea released as a Textbook Stuff title in the near future.

Reader Comments (6)

Suggestions so far include:

E.F. Benson - The Clonmel Witch Burning
Lucian - True History (Fowler translation, 1905)

Keep them coming!

June 6, 2011 | Registered CommenterTextbook Stuff

More good recommendations:

Jonathan Swift - A Modest Proposal
Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Discourse on the Origins and Foundations of Inequality among Men
Mary Wollstonecraft - A VIndication of the Rights of Men

June 6, 2011 | Registered CommenterTextbook Stuff

How about De Profundis by Oscar Wilde?

June 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterStephen O'Connell

Watch this space, Stephen. :)

June 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterTextbook Stuff

I don't know how much pages it is, but I know that the works of Virginia Woolf should now be available since she died the 28th march 1941. So may I suggest "A Room of One's Own". I've been searching for a good edition of this title without success for some time now and I'm pretty sure Textbook Stuff could do something brilliant with it.

But as I said, I don't know how much pages it is.

June 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicolas Longtin-Martel

'A Room of One's Own' is a great suggestion, but sadly it's over 100 pages long - that's a four- to five-hour audiobook. To put it in perspective, 'The Communist Manifesto' is 40 pages long. If our sales suddenly take off, maybe we can consider it in the future.

Keep your thinking cap on, though. Thanks!

June 14, 2011 | Registered CommenterTextbook Stuff

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