The Target Book: A History of the Target Doctor Who Books
 

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By:David J. Howe
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Edition: paperback
When:  November 2007
Publisher:  Telos
ISBN:978-1-84583-021-2
Format: paperback
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From 1973 until 1994, the Target Doctor Who paperbacks were a mainstay of the publishing world. From humble beginnings, they grew into a list running to 156 individual titles and selling over 13 million copies world-wide.

This is the story of Target Books. Noted researcher and historian David J Howe chronicles the origins of the imprint, speaking to all the major players in its development, from editors to art directors, managing directors to artists and authors, and charts the books' critical reception as well as the fortunes and failings of the many publishing houses involved in their production.

Profusely illustrated with all the covers, plus rare and unseen sketches and unused concepts and ideas, The Target Book is the definitive guide to a range of books which shaped the reading habits of a generation.

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Edition: hardback
When:  November 2007
Publisher:  Telos
ISBN:978-1-84583-023-6
Format: hardback
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Note:  Limited-edition hardback in white cover, limited to 100 copies.

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Edition: 2nd hardback
When:  October 2008
Publisher:  Telos
ISBN:Unknown
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Note:  Limited edition hardback with blue cover, limited to 120 copies, signed by Tom Baker & David J Howe. Exclusive to UK retailer SciFiCollector.

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Edition: 3rd hardback
When:  April 2016
Publisher:  Telos
ISBN:978-1-84583-114-1
Format: hardback
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Note:  This new edition includes several pages of additional content, covering audiobook readings and the recent BBC reprints of the Target novelisations. After pre-orders were sent out, a problem was discovered with the colour printing on 4 of the pages, leading to the book being recalled and corrected copies dispatched. Reprinted in 2019, this time as a print-on-demand edition — the ISBN and contents are identical however.

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Same as original edition.



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