EASY ON THE EYE BOOKS
When we began Easy On The Eye Books a few years ago, we also ran a CD label and a music retail business, which kept us very busy. In 2016 we decided to focus our attention on publishing, and try to catch up with projects which had got delayed. 2017 sees a number of new titles (and reprints) finally reaching market.
Easy On The Eye is centred on illustrated books on all aspects of mainly post-war popular culture, offering detailed well written text and strong visual content to interest collectors, designers and students. The books will be sourced from our own archives and a number of writers, experts and collectors who share similar interests. Easy On The Eye Books aim to make attention to quality and detail uppermost.
The titles will all be a similar format and size. They will be full colour throughout, printed in Europe and UK and designed in the UK. The books will not be ‘cheap as chips’, but given the content and quality will present good value for money. We have our own Easy On The Eye online store, and using this helps keep future titles happening as well as offering advance discounts and other offers.
The publishers were pleased to meet one distributor at the London Book Fair, who studied the proposed titles in detail and proclaimed Easy On The Eye to be the ‘best new publisher we’ve met all week”.
Reviews of some of our titles can be seen on the site. Since the launch we have also begun a series of limited edition larger format coffee table books for the collector’s market, the first of which – devoted to the rock group Yes – has received much praise from buyers. You can see more about them on our sister site, ST33Books.
Easy On The Eye as a concept came about some years ago when album collectors Vince Kelly (then a curator at Manchester Art Gallery) and Simon Robinson (a graphic designer based in Sheffield) put together a very popular exhibition of easy listening album sleeve art at Blackpool Art Gallery. Since then a popular web site (given a glowing review in the Guardian) has carried the theme forward.
Feedback is always welcome as are ideas for future titles; if you’re sat on an archive and donlt know what to do with it, speak to us!