The sixth version or series of the library began publishing around 2006. The titles sold in the $10.95 to $24.95 range depending on the time the book was issued, the number of pages it included, and whether it was a standard or trade paperback. Series Six inaugurated the use of a trade paperback size to the NCL imprint. Now you could buy the books in two sizes.
M&S issued its trade paperback to coincide with NCL’s 50th anniversary. They redesigned the cover from the paperback version, but since the books were issued during the same time period (with the trade paperback taking over), I included both versions in Series Six. There was also printed a third cover version in 2008, it was the NCL’s entry into the Print On Demand publishing world. The advent of the popularity of ebooks soon killed the demand for this type of book and they were discontinued soon after.
Out of all the Series, Series Six is the most difficult to find. The books must have been printed in smaller numbers, and book-buyers, according to this researcher, mostly balked at the inflated price for the trade paperback. Buyers of the paperbacks could find editions in the $10.00 range when Series Five came out, with Series Six, the trade paperbacks were and are sold for over $20.00. If the availability in the used-book market is any indication (or lack of availability), M&S created a price avoidance culture for the latest version of the NCL. Students in CanLit courses, as well as the general reader, searched out the NCL titles in previous editions in the used book market thus avoiding the steep price increase when Series Six became available.
The designers continued with the multiple colour-theme of reds, greys, blues, yellows etc. that they introduced in Series Five, but they used vertical striping for the subtle shade change of the colours. They replaced the paintings of Series Five with drawings that related to the book title or story theme and moved this artwork to the top left-hand side of the cover. The NCL logos were dropped. No longer would you see a separate logo for M&S and NCL on the covers. M&S stopped using its open book logo and began using an image of an archer on a chariot (a redesign of a logo they used in the 1940s-1960s). To add contrast, they put a stripe across the middle of the front cover and spine.
The trade paperback used the same coloring scheme as the normal paperback including the vertical shading. At the top left of the cover they used an image instead of a drawing that related to the theme of the book. The stripe across the middle of the front cover and spine was removed.
NCL Essentials Paperback
The NCL Essentials book was much simpler than its two counterparts. Each title used the exact same colour scheme. Artichoke for the upper half, a red horizontal stripe below, followed by black covering the bottom. No images or drawings were used. The design was pedestrian because the books are Print on Demand, more for utility rather than aesthetic purposes.
NCL Series Six Paperbacks in my Collection
|Book Image||Book Title||Author|
|The Lost Salt Gift of Blood||Alistair MacLeod|
|The Stone Angel||Margaret Laurence|
NCL Series Six Trade Paperbacks in my Collection
New Canadian Library Essentials in my Collection
|Book Image||Book Title||Author|
|The Tomorrow-Tamer||Margaret Laurence|