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Tue, 05 May 2009 02:40
Osprey Publishing has been providing books for enthusiasts since 1968 when it grew out of the collectable cards that were packaged with Brooke Bond tea. From the first series, Aircam Aviation, and then Men-at-Arms, Osprey Publishing has grown into a global publishing company covering all aspects of military history including uniforms, campaigns, equipment, hardware and fortifications. With over twenty series built up over the last forty years it really is the destination for military history.
The Book Depository: What/who do you see as your primary market?
Osprey Publishing: Primarily military history enthusiasts of all ages and with varying degrees of enthusiasm. They can be very active modellers, wargamers, re-enactors or armchair generals. Or it can be someone who read a Bernard Cornwell book or watched Band of Brothers and now wants an accessible introduction to the actual history of that Napoleonic campaign or World War Two battle.
The Book Depository: What are the principal challenges/opportunities you see at the moment in the business of publishing books?
Osprey Publishing: Encouraging those military historians who have never tried an Osprey to read one. Within our slim, illustrated volumes is a wealth of information written by experts that can add a huge amount of understanding to a study of military history. For example the maps and birds-eye-views can really aid the reader's understanding if used alongside a book by Anthony Beevor or Max Hastings.
The Book Depository: What brings you to the decision to publish a particular title/author?
Osprey Publishing: It is based on the expertise of our editors and authors, feedback we get from our customers at events and through our blog and forum, and from listening to our book-sellers; then it is all thrashed out in the Publishing meeting. Some titles are chosen because they will be a huge success, some because we are committed to being comprehensive in our coverage -- eventually!
The Book Depository: What books are you most proud of having published?
Osprey Publishing: Can we say all of them? Osprey Men-at-Arms: A Celebration was a beautifully bound hardback of the best artwork from that series featuring some of our finest artists. It was a fitting celebration of a great series.
Our Duel series which we launched in September 2007 has been great to work on and the concept of machine-on-machine comparison has proved to be very popular.
The Book Depository: What books are you working on right now?
Osprey Publishing: We have a new series launching in September 2009 which will cover the daring operations of small units and Special Forces. Launch titles include books on the Rangers raid at Pointe-du-Hoc on D-Day and the SAS Iranian Embassy Siege of 1980. They are going to look fantastic and provide a really accessible view of these exciting actions.
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