Partwork is an indispensable element of the book publishing industry, enabling publishers to regularly produce and release new titles, helping keep the industry relevant, and giving readers something exciting to enjoy. Furthermore, artwork can be used to market-related merchandise like DVDs or CDs.
Partworks are books published serially, typically every week or month. Each installment is bound together as it is published, and the completed work may even be sold as a set. Partworks have been popular for centuries – yet are still widely read today.
Partworks offer publishers and readers alike many advantages. For publishers, partworks provide a steady source of revenue over an extended period. Furthermore, partworks allow publishers to gauge reader interest in particular topics or authors to help decide whether to invest in full-length books. For readers, they provide an affordable way of experiencing something new while waiting eagerly for their next installment!
Partworks can be an efficient and exciting way to release an extended publication, especially if its publication would otherwise take too long all at once. They’re also great ways of building anticipation around it; however, keeping track of installments may prove challenging; therefore, it may be easy for someone else to overshadow an installment’s release date or forget to post something! However, partworks may also be challenging to manage, leading to confusion or missed installments.
Charles Dickens’s “The Pickwick Papers,” first published between 1836 and 1837 in 19 monthly installments, became one of the first partworks ever published and helped launch his career as an author. Since then, many other partworks have been published covering topics ranging from history, craft projects, and cooking – some even offering tips!