Announcing the Discworld Collector’s Library!

Gollancz is delighted to announce the launch of a long-anticipated, and beautiful, new project:

The Discworld Collector’s Library


This project, developed in consultation with Sir Terry Pratchett, will see the release of a beautiful, affordable new set of hardback editions of the Discworld novels, from The Colour of Magic to Jingo, for readers who love the Discworld and would like high quality editions to treasure.

Mort Reaper Man Soul Music Hogfather


Sir Terry Pratchett said: ‘The truth is that even big collections of ordinary books can distort space, as can readily be proved by anyone who has been around a really old-fashioned second-hand bookshop, so just think what a lovely big collection of Discworld novels like this might do’

Equal Rites Sourcery Pyramids Small Gods


Gollancz began publishing the Discworld novels, which have sold more than 85 million copies around the world, in hardback in 1987 and have worked with Sir Terry Pratchett ever since. He has become the most shop-lifted author in the UK, selling more than 2.5 million copies every year, and these will be the most desirable editions of his novels yet published.

The eye-catching covers are by Joe McLaren, and we’re sure you’ll agree they’re a bold but inspired new look for these much-loved books. The Discworld Collector’s Library will be published thematically, beginning in November 2013, as stunning B-format hardbacks at an affordable £9.99 – and that’s cutting our own throats!

The Death Collection
November 2013: Reaper Man; Mort
December 2013: Hogfather; Soul Music

The Cultures of Discworld Collection
January 2014: Small Gods; Pyramids

The Unseen University Collection
February 2014: Eric; Sourcery
May 2014: Interesting Times; Moving Pictures
August 2014: The Colour of Magic; The Light Fantastic

The City Watch Collection
March 2014: Guards! Guards!; Men at Arms
June 2014: Feet of Clay; Jingo

The Witches Collection
April 2014: Equal Rites; Wyrd Sisters
July 2014: Witches Abroad; Lords and Ladies; Maskerade


Eric Guards Guards Men at Arms Wyrd Sisters


N.B. Apologies to our North American readers but we’re afraid these editions will not be available in the US or Canada. This is not because we don’t like you – its because our contracts do not grant us those territories . Sorry.

N.B. #2 Many of you are asking whether the series will continue after Jingo. The short answer is: we don’t know. The slightly longer answer is that we do not control rights in any of the Discworld books after Jingo; they are published by Transworld. At the moment, we know of no firm plans on their part to continue the Collector’s Library, but if that changes we’ll certainly note it on the Gollancz blog. We now return you to your regular viewing . . .


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  • Stephan

    Will this edition be available in the USA ?

    • Nicholas

      Will someone from the United States be able to purchase these books online?

      • Darren

        That’s not for us to say, I’m afraid. We can’t pass comment on what someone in another publisher’s exclusive territory can or can’t do.

    • Kyle

      Can you tell us why not in Canada?

      I mean, Australia seems to be getting it, and we’re closer.

      • Darren

        It’s because our contracts are governed by the traditional market splits. The US publisher has Canada, and the UK publisher has the other Commonwealth countries.

    • Darren

      No, I’m afraid not. We have no rights in the USA or Canada.

  • Cindy Dalfovo

    Is it your intention to publish all of the novels in that format? I would love to have the whole collection with matching covers..

    • Darren

      We have the rights to the first twenty-one Discworld novels. Whether the rest follow suit is up to Transworld.

      • Corum

        Is there a way to petition Transworld to show that publishing the rest of the Discworld series [22 onwards] would be a jolly good thing for all concerned..?

  • Matt Gallo

    Not even if we pay hilariously extravagant prices to have them shipped internationally to North America? Ehh?

    • Darren

      That’s between you and your bank manager!

  • Paul Bunch

    Where can I order my copies?

    • Darren

      All the usual high street and online retailers will have them.

  • Melanie

    Can I buy them through the UK site and then ship them to America?

  • Fionna Moyer

    If they are sold through the Book Depository website then shipping is free worldwide.

    • Joe

      Thanks so much for that link! I just bought the whole collectors series from the – shipping to Nebraska USA – the total for all 21 was around $300. I’ve been wanting the discworld series in hardcover for as long as I’ve been reading them and was about to start looking for UK pin pals to do me a favor.

  • Daniela

    If the rights are only for UK & Commonwealth, does that mean they won’t be available for mainland European buyers either?

    • Darren

      No, they *will* be available in Mainland Europe – sorry, the way the territorial rights are expressed is a little archaic. We are able to sell these books everywhere except the United States and its territories and protectorates and Canada.

  • Norman Miller

    It’s good to hear that sometimes we can get something in Australia that they can’t in the U.S. for a change. Usually we can’t buy stuff from the U.S. Just sayin! Nya, nya!

    • Darren

      Now, now. Play nicely . . .

  • Louie

    Absolutely love the artwork. Are these available to pre-order on any sites yet? Ive had a look about. Also with a couple of releses every month are they going to have limited time period of availability?

    • Darren

      Not yet, but they will be soon. We’re not planning them with limited availability – we’ll see what the reaction is to them from the book-buying public and respond accordingly. And yes, they are lovely covers, aren’t they?!

  • Jauks

    All the cover pictures above have links but they only open as the same size image – any chance you can link them to a larger image so we can see the details clearer?

  • Dibba

    Any chance that we could ISBN details for the November releases? I ‘think’ I have found somewhere to pre-order them but the site doesn’t have a picture available. I want to be certain I’m ordering the correct editions 🙂

    • Darren

      We can do that. MORT is 9781473200104 and REAPER MAN is 9781473200111. After we made the announcement yesterday, we released the bibliographic data so the books and covers should begin showing up on the major retailers’ sites any day now.

  • Paul Leuty

    Great to see a single collection, can’t see how they could be of the quality of a “collectors” edition for the retail price. Do the books have dustjackets or printed boards?. Just like the Good Omens reprint, the covers just don’t work. They are just not appealing to look at, and believe me I’ve spent a good while looking at them to see if they got better. Alas no they haven’t. I’m all for non Kirby and Kidby covers, but these just made me shudder with dissappointment, like many of the others in our Facebook group. No doubt I will still buy them as I avidly collect Sir Pterrys books, but sadly they wont be at the front in pride of place, which is where I would have wanted them!

    • Jauks

      Where can I see a descent sized copy of the covers? The request I made about the links on the above cover image thumbnails only opening the same sized thumbnail has been ignored.

      • Darren

        The request wasn’t being ignored; we were trying to find somebody who had the time to do it. The post has now been updated, so clicking on the thumbnails will take you to a larger image.

        • jauks

          Sorry – thank you for the update – much appreciated

    • Benjamin Lee

      I have to agree with you. These are absolutely horrible. They have a naff cheap look to them almost like they couldn’t be bothered to hire an artist to do a proper paining and just slapped these abstract looking things together.

      I most certainly will not be buying these.

  • David Greybeard

    Dang it! Wish I’d know about this a month ago. I just started buying the US editions in the taller mass market paperbacks. I’ve the first 12 books. I’d much rather have imported these new hardcovers. Maybe I will anyway. They sure are tempting. Very lovely design. Always prefer hardcovers to softcovers.

  • Bob Blanchett

    My Bank Balance just went into the corner and shot itself.

    Thanks Rob and Terry!

    Bob, Melbourne

  • Ian

    Who is the illustrator ???

    • Darren

      The illustrator is Joe McLaren – good, isn’t he?!

      • Tom

        Amazing work!! Who can I contact regarding illustrator correspondence?

  • Mark

    Whilst I do like the covers I’m not keen on them as Pratchett covers. It’d be great to have the old Josh Kirby ones or Marc Simonetti.

    For those outside the sales area, if you buy them on UK amazon, they are listed as low as £2.71 at the moment.

  • Andy

    I hear Bernard Pearson at the Discworld Emporium in Wincanton will be stocking the books. Perhaps they might send to the USA if you ask them nicely and pay for shipping?

  • ola

    Will there be any numbered/signed ones as well?

  • These are quite, quite gorgeous. Funnily enough I had been thinking Discworld deserved some new covers that aren’t so ‘funny fantasy’ looking since they’ve so much more than a cheap laugh to offer (I’m very fond of the Kirby covers, but I think they might put off new readers a bit). I’ve even been doodling my own designs around that idea (damn, pipped at the post). But I more than half suspected Gollanz had something up their sleeve since the books haven’t been their usual presence on bookshop shelves – and as a bookseller I know that when the supply dries up for a while, a cover change is usually a-comin 🙂 So I’m delighted to see I was right, and that these designs surpass the highest hopes I had. they give the series EXACTLY the right identity: original, witty, colourful, subtle. Congratulations, Gollanz, you’ve pulled a blinder. I hope they sell in their millions – I’ll certainly be contributing by hard-earned!

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  • Mark

    is the illustrator of these covers the same artist who’s done the new Good Omens cover?

  • One good way of getting the collection, if you are from N. America and are going (or have a friend who is going) to the London Worldcon summer 2014, would be to ask one of the book dealers going to bring you a set. The trades folk at the Worldcon are listed here

    This usually works and several of us do this to get N. American titles when the Worldcon is over there.

  • Julie

    The artwork is great! I’d feel a bit of a traitor to Josh Kirby’s art, which I love the best but would definitely look at these as replacements for my old paperbacks, some of which are looking decidedly foxed these days. They’ve been read many, many times.

    • Darren

      We love Josh Kirby too (although personally, I favour the work he did on RObert Silverberg’s Majipoor books), but we also love the classic feel of these ones. Glad you feel the same way!

  • Mark

    is the artist who has done the covers for these the same artist who did the cover for the forthcoming edition of good omens?

  • Alan Moore

    As a British ex-pat living in the USA, here’s a hint: you can use your account at, pay with a US card (they even convert it to $$ to make life easy), and the shipping prices are okay. You don’t pay VAT on orders paid for with a US card and shipped out of the UK, so the price is lower (divide the price by 1.2). Usually, shipping is about the same cost as the amount saved by VAT. Customs in the US don’t charge duty on imports for US residents, either.

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  • Emily

    As a Discworld loving expat in the US, I’ve tried hunting for them on the Amazon UK site to no avail. If anyone’s found them listed there, can you please post a link in this thread? Thank you!

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  • Jamie

    This is brilliant. All iI hope is you manage to bring the rest of the books out in this format.

  • Darren

    Hi Darren, is there any plans to release large size prints?

    • Darren

      Not at the moment, but we might consider it at a later date – we want to concentrate on getting the books out first!

  • Martin

    The illustrations are amazing. Will any of them become available as prints/posters?

  • Matt

    Received my copy of Mort today, it looks absolutely fantastic! Hopefully you’ll be able to release all the books in this format.

  • Cortney

    Are these covers printed on the actual book or are they printed on paper that encases the book?

    • Darren

      The covers have a textured finish and the image, type etc are printed directly onto that.

  • Laurie Edwards

    Any chance of getting prints of the cover art? It is beautiful!

    • Darren

      Thanks. It’s something we’re considering, but we’re concentrating on getting the books out first.

  • d

    What kind of binding are they?

  • Richard Powell

    Picked up Mort and Reaper man today and look forward to laying down a monthly £20 until these are all done.

    Darren, would you mind elaborating on your point above regarding Transworld and the post Jingo books?

    I’m not very familiar with the publishing world, so I’m not sure what forces might be at play?



    • Darren

      Sorry for the delay replying, Richard. The state of play is that we have contracts for the first 21 Discworld books that grant us hardback rights, but after that Sir Terry moved entirely to Transworld, so they control hardback rights in the rest of the Discworld titles.

  • The covers are beautiful, but the Colour of Magic cover doesn’t seem to be here. When is the cover going to be released? I cannot wait to see what it looks like, because undoubtedly it will be beautiful.

    • Darren

      We don’t have a design for The Colour of Magic yet, I’m afraid – we should have one reasonably early in the New Year, though.

  • Saana

    I really love the look of these books! Thank you Gollancz for making this happen. Hopefully the rest will come in the same sort of design, too. 🙂

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  • Magnus

    Hello. How come Mort is currently unavailable at both and Did it sell out so fast? It will be available again, right?

    • Darren

      It did indeed sell out quickly – and because of the time of year, we couldn’t get it reprinted as quickly as we normally would, but a reprint is due in the warehouse today, so it should be showing as available again very soon. Sorry for the wait!

  • Dave

    Wow! Went into Waterstones today to kill some time, saw the death collection and had to buy all 4 there and then! My Pratchett collection thanks you!

  • Jack Clare

    I recently purchased Repear Man, two or three days ago and all the pages are now wavy. Is this normal for your books?

    • Darren

      Absolutely not. It sounds like it’s been exposed to moisture. If it were me, I’d take it back to the shop to exchange for another copy.

  • James

    Just got my copy of small gods today. Fantastic cover and quality! So thanks!

    Is there any chance you will be doing a copy of the Carpet People?

    • Darren

      I’m afraid not, James. We don’t have the rights to The Carpet People.

  • Sarah-Louise

    Are they word for word the same as the originals? I don’t want to miss as much as a glottal stop….also, p.s please badger the hell out of transworld so we can all have the full set!

    • Darren

      Absolutely. We haven’t tampered with the text in any way – except to proofread them to correct typos. All glottal stops present and accounted for!

  • Sarah-Louise

    Thank you so much for replying, and for not tampering 🙂

  • Magnus

    I got these from today. It seems the color rubs off the corners rather easily. Perhaps online vendors should be encouraged to bubble wrap them?

    see pic:

  • Sorry to hear that, Magnus. We have limited influence on how the online retailers do business, but we’ll certainly pass on your concerns. Geography permitting, you could always buy them at a high street bookshop so you can assess the books’ condition before you buy . . . ?

  • As a follow-up, Magnus, I’m told that there is a a packaging feedback section when you look at ‘Your orders’ on your account page – if you’re dissatisfied with an aspect of Amazon’s packaging, that’s the place to let them know.

  • Helen

    Will the books after Jingo also appear in this edition? Would love to have all the Guards books in that design.

    • Darren

      I’m afraid we don’t have rights to the books after Jingo, Helen, so that would be up to Transworld.

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  • Magnus

    I’m still a little worried about the color coming off in the first place. makes me wonder about the quality, if it rubs off easily these books might look shabby pretty soon. there’s also a binding issue on Reaper Man, the glue isn’t properly stuck. i don’t know the english word for this but the space in which the bookmark ribbon is stuck isn’t properly glued together.
    since most of the books have yet to be released these are perhaps issues that can be looked into before proceeding.
    the books were rattling inside the box so they’ve been subjected to quite a bit of wear and tear along the way. I’ll submit feedback to amazon, thanks for the pointer, i’ve been having other problems lately with they’re packaging, sometimes the packages haven’t even been closed … at all.

    • Darren

      Thanks, Magnus, I’ll pass this on to Production to discuss with the printers – but if you’ve received a faulty copy, it’s worth asking the retailer to replace it.

  • aiman

    Love the cover art!! Ive actually been meaning to re-read these and havent had the chance, will definetely be picking these up., by the way, whats the cover for the colour of magic look like? I didnt see it up there, just curious.

    • Darren

      Glad you like them! We haven’t got a cover for The Colour of Magic yet, but as soon as we do, we’ll post it here!

  • aiman

    Awesome!! Cant wait! Heres to hoping you guys get the rights to the rest to the rest of them!

  • David

    Is there any contact information available for those who can influence the decision to release the later works? We are very happy with the editions released thus far. I have no problem informing them that they would be welcome to more money from me if they want it!

  • L. A. Markham

    Hi Darren, I’m so pleased that these new editions have come out! I have been debating which editions to collect in HB for a little while now. As with the others I would love a full set and I’ll be pestering Transworld for sure!

    I was just wondering if these came with dust jackets too? I understand that the design is printed directly onto the covers and I’ve never seen one with a DJ.

    • Darren

      Glad you like them! No, there are no dustjackets – they’re as you see them in the bookshops.

  • L. A. Markham

    Also, why are The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic being published last? That’s massively frustrating.

  • Mafalda

    Wooooow, I looooooved the four books I already bought! The artwork is amazing! I have been waiting for this for so long! What a great thing! I could hug and kiss whoever came up with this! Please tell me there will be at least all the Discworld books. Please. Pretty please. They would be gorgeous all together! (And thank you by the way! I will be buying the whole thing obviously! :D)

  • emjay

    Really like these new editions! Way to go Gollancz!

    I emailed Transworld to let them know that I would look forward to collecting the rest of the Discworld books in this format if they were to publish them. Haven’t heard back from them yet but I hope someone at least takes note of my email, especially if other people were to do the same *hint hint*.

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  • RM

    only first 21 🙁 Have those from the Unseen Library collection, someone needs to print the rest!

  • Robert

    Hi is Eric the illustrated edition? Or non illustrated. Great job I’ve ordered all 8 books to date

    • Darren

      It’s unillustrated – and thanks! Glad you like them!

  • Robert

    Darren what’s your reading order preference. Chronologically by year or by series. (Rincewald, witches, death etc as your books are sectioned)

  • Hi Robert,

    I don’t think I can reliably say. I read them in order but that’s because I was reading them as they were published.

  • Harriet


    Is there anyway to buy prints of these covers as posters etc. rather than as hardback editions?

    • Darren

      Not at present, I’m afraid.

  • Elliott

    It irks me a little bit that the hardback copy of ‘Good Omens’ is a smooth cover rather than the nicer, textured covers of the rest of the whole range. There’s not going to be a reprint to match I suppose?

    Aside from that petty nit-picking, I love this collection!

    • Darren

      No, there won’t be a matching reprint. We wanted the book to sit nicely alongside the Discworld novels and to complement them, but we also needed to reflect the fact that Good Omens is not a Discworld novel, and making the cover matt laminate rather than cloth seemed the best way to do this. Sorry to disappoint. Glad you like the collection, though!

      • Robert

        Was curious why good omens was diff thanks for explanation Darren. I agree good way to make seperate. Loving the series. Just ordered equal rites and wyrd sisters.

  • Can you please credit the artist for these wonderful covers in the blog post, preferably with a link to their website. They are wonderful. Good to see his work wrapped in a classy way.

  • Done! There’s a link to Joe McLaren’s work now in both Discworld posts.

  • magnus

    is “small gods” supposed to be upside down inside the cover!!?

    • Marcus

      Hi Magnus!

      No, that’s a printing error – take it back to the shop you bought it from and they should swap it over, no problem. Give us a shout here if any difficulties.


  • Jack

    Hi, love the look of these collectors editions!
    Are there any plans to extend the collection further once all of the above titles have been released??

  • Rohan

    Will the novels from The Last Continent and onwards be published in said awesome new editions? Not only does it make a great look one ones shelves, the Last Hero would look awesome!

    • Darren

      That’s not up to us, I’m afraid. Transworld control rights in the Discworld books after Jingo. If enough people asked them nicely, though . . .

  • Oren

    I have just started collecting the series. I received Mort and Reaper Man today and they are both second printings. When were they reprinted? Have another other volumes been already reprinted? As a collector, I prefer first printings (unless there are corrections in a later printing.) Thank you.

    • Darren

      Mort reprinted just before Xmas and Reaper Man just after. As of this reply no others in the series have reprinted, but they are proving quite popular so that situation is likely to change before long.

  • Oren

    Thank you for the information, Darren; much appreciated.

  • James B

    I’ve emailed Transworld requesting that they continue the series with Joe McLaren’s art work – it’s stunning!
    I used the address supplied by emjay above.

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  • Monte

    Just got my copy of Interesting Times. It’s printed upside down just like Magnus’ copy of Small Gods. Evern the bookmark is put on upside down. I think I’ll keep this one though. The only thing that would have made it better is if the book was The Last Continent. How does this happen? I can understand it happening once, but twice?

    • Darren

      Sorry about this – but believe me, we’re no happier about it than you are! These things do happen every now and again – it’s almost inevitable when you consider the sheer number of books from all publishers going through a relatively small number of printers – but to have it happen twice within the same series is statistically anomalous. We’ve asked our Production department to take this up with the printer, as it really should have been picked up and corrected before any books left for our warehouse.

    • Nelle

      Monte: I’m actually jealous of your upside down copy of Interesting Times. You’re right though, if it was a copy of The Last Continent it’d be simply perfect 😉

  • Harry

    Hi Darren,

    Just got my copy of ‘Feet of Clay’ and it has also been printed / assembled upside down. Can’t decide whether to keep it or send it back to Amazon for a replacement.

    • Darren

      Really? I’m so sorry. I’ll take this up with the Production Director first thing Monday – this is ridiculous!

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  • Andrew

    Love the books and looking forward to picking them all up when they’re out. I also had an ‘upside down’ copy of Mort, purchased at Waterstones. I took it back for a replacement.

    • Darren

      Glad you like them, Andrew! And so sorry about Mort. With the sheer quantity of books being printed at any one time, errors are bound to happen occasionally, but to have so many of the same mistake occurring within one series of titles speaks of a systemic error – and should certainly be picked up by the printer’s quality control. We’ve got our Production department querying this with the printers as it’s absolutely unacceptable.

  • Andrew

    You’ve done a great job with the editions, so far I’ve picked up the Death, Cultures and City Watch collections. As everyone else said it would be great to see the entire set 🙂

  • Mandy

    Equal rites, also upside down! niche market maybe?

    • Darren

      So sorry about this. No, it’s not a niche market – rumours that these are the Australian editions are, sadly, unfounded. But all jokes aside, we’re beyond furious with the printers over this. Robust discussions will be undertaken.

    • Jeff

      ill buy your upside down printed ones mandy

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  • Mel

    I’ve just purchased the witches collection an was wondering if you’ll be extending to include Carpe Jugulum?

    • We can’t publish Carpe Jugulum, I’m afraid, as we don’t hold the rights. We’ve done all of the books we have rights in; the rest is up to Transworld . . .

      • Mel

        Thank you for letting me know. 🙂

  • Ian Scott

    I was very excited seeing these but you’ve spoilt Reaper Man. In the original hard back book, when Azrael speaks, you had to turn the page and his answer took the entire page. It was a great surprise. The impact of turning the page and seeing that one word answer was excellent. Plus as you had to turn the page, there was no hint that it was coming.
    I hope you can fix this.
    I don’t want to buy a copy where it isn’t published correctly.

    • Darren

      We’re pleased the Collector’s Library has excited you; we’re very pleased with them. However, I’m afraid we have to take issue with the terms ‘spoilt’ and ‘published correctly’. The page formatting you describe was indeed present in the very first Gollancz hardback edition, published some 23 years ago, but it was changed for the subsequent Corgi paperback and the new formatting has remained in place ever since, including the recent B format edition published less than two years ago. It’s this most recent setting that we have used as the model for our edition, because this is the version the author has most recently seen and approved. We can certainly understand you preferring the earlier setting, and we wouldn’t expect you to buy an edition you’re not entirely happy with, but as it’s not the case that the book has been incorrectly published, we have no plans to alter the setting.

  • Nelle

    I know you’ve already said there’s no plan to make a cloth edition of Good Omens, but thought I’d post a PLLLLEEEEEEAAAAAASSSSEEEE? The cloth version is so beautiful and I want them all to look and feel as good. Especially since Good Omens is my favourite book 😛

    • Darren

      It’s a very good ‘please’ – one of the best we’ve seen! However, we’re sticking to our guns. The cloth is a lovely effect, but Good Omens isn’t a Discworld book and we don’t think it’s the right thing to present it as if it is. Sorry.

  • jack


    Will you be doing a box set or do I need to buy these individually?

    Also are these limited printing?

    Thank you.

    • Marcus

      Hi Jack

      No plans for a box set just yet, but there have been some discussions. We’ll announce here if it happens.

      They’re not limited printing – as long as they keep selling we’ll keep making them!


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  • Rodge

    Honestly.. Please stop messing about with Paul Kidby’s master covers: this is really uncool. What’s wrong with you ..

  • kristalia

    Was wondering if you had any larger high definition images of the cover then the ones above as I would like to use them for my e-book cover and audiobook cover replacements as well as on my blog when I go to review the Discworld books ^_^

    • Darren

      If you click on the cover thumbnails you’ll find larger images.

  • Jessica

    Where can I buy these from in the UK? Searching everywhere on the internet and can’t find any results.

  • Dave

    @Jessica, They are available on Amazon 😉

  • Connor

    These are all available in Australia right?, ’cause I have bought the first three in the city watch collection and I’m not sure if the rest of them are available here

    • Darren

      They certainly should be – we have Australian rights in all 21 books.

  • Jacqueline

    Hi 🙂

    These do look to be beautiful editions, I’m wondering though, how many of the first print run were actually printed? I too like to collect first edition first print, so would really appreciate knowing the answer. All the best, and much love to you all and Sir Terry!

    • Darren

      The print run varied with each book so we can’t give you an exact figure, but if you were to work on about 5,000 copies you wouldn’t be far off for the majority of titles.

  • Stuart

    Really enjoying these. Just three more to get now.
    I do wish you could get some kind of agreement with Trans.
    I’m sure everyone would stand to gain money and we’d get our full collection.
    A lot of these old rules are starting to look a might ridiculous and more than just a little greedy/litigious in a world where we’re all so instantly connected.

    • Darren

      That’s not really something we can comment on – except to say that we agree that it would be lovely if all of the Discworld books were one day available in the Collector’s Library format.

  • Elliott

    Has anyone heard anything further on Transworld considering publishing the rest in this same format? I’ve tried getting in touch with them but didn’t get anything back.

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  • I was wondering if there were any plans to add Carpet Jugulum to the Witches Collection?

    • Darren

      Unfortunately, rights in Carpe Jugulum lie with Transworld, not with us, so we’re unable to add it to the library.

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  • Luke F

    I just received an upside down copy of Wyrd Sisters… who’d have thunk it…

    • Darren

      The printer’s devil strikes again! Sorry about that – I’m afraid things like this do sneak through every now and again. If you take it back to where you bought it, they’ll exchange it for a properly bound copy. Any problems doing that, please let us know. Thanks – and apologies again.

      • Darren

        As a follow-up, Luke, do you know whether this is a first printing or a reprint? Knowing will help us get to the bottom of it with our printers. Thanks!

        • Luke F

          Hi Darren,

          I haven’t yet returned the book, so have it with me. How can I tell if it’s a first printing or a re-print?



          • Darren

            Hi Luke,

            If you look on the copyright page, below our company information, you’ll see a string of numbers: 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 – if all of those numbers are present, it’s a first printing; if the “1” is missing, it’s a second printing (and if the “2” is missing, it’s a third printing, etc).

            Many thanks in advance for the information!

  • Luke F

    Hi Darren,

    Thanks for that. The 1 is missing; it’s a second printing.

    All the best,


    • Darren

      Ah. That’s annoying. Thanks, Luke, we’ll take it up with the printers!

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  • Asha

    These are lovely books. The hardback covers are great tactile treasures, appropriate for books I will and do keep re-reading. The artwork is a good change from the Josh Kirby covers which are more fast and furious pulp-fantasy; great images for new publications but the Joe McLaren covers look a little more timeless to suit their now ‘classic’ status. Please do consider releasing them as posters or high resolution prints.

  • Alex

    As so many people have already said, it would be amazing to get the rest of the Discworld collection in this style. I had never read Terry Pratchett before i picked up your version of The Colour of Magic and now I’m two books away from having all that are available! Just throwing another voice into the collective cry for the rest of the series!
    Thank you for all the incredible covers you’ve put out so far!

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  • Rob say all remaining titles will eventually be released :