The Editorial

The range of books published every year is overwhelming. We want our readers to spend their valuable time with books worth reading. Our books are selected to find and give answers to timeless questions, to offer the possibility for a deeper understanding of the world around us. Some of our authors have won literary prizes, some have written bestsellers. They are writers, artists, designers, illustrators, scientists, who have a singular perspective on the world.

TOC is the product of our belief that important literature deserves books made of the finest materials, using the most sophisticated printing techniques. At a time when most reading has become a fleeting experience, we will create a more permanent space for important thoughts and ideas, by lodging them in handsomely printed books. Our books – placed on a curated bookshelf – will be a quiet place in today’s information pandemonium. But we shall also choose books that spur lively dialogue with other readers. TOC focuses on contemporary literature, books that will form the canon of the future. In the days of the internet we may sometimes think that all knowledge and wisdom is at our fingertips. TOC focuses on the deeper wisdom only literature, essays, and masterly craft can offer. 

Birgit Schmitz is TOC's publisher. TOC's list will be devoted not only to the finest authors and their texts, but to  books that are particularly relevant to our time.  

At TOC, designers Erik Spiekermann and Susanna Dulkinys have combined the advances of modern typography with the quality and artisanship of centuries-old book printing. While classic letterpress offers a pleasant analog reading experience, its limitations, including the high cost of traditional metal type setting, have so far made it prohibitive for modern book production. By transferring the layouts onto polymer plates with our in-house laser setter and improving print quality, step by step, on a Heidelberg Cylinder press, we combine the virtues of analog and digital processes. This results in the best of both worlds: refined digital typography and a smooth analog reading experience.

All TOC books benefit from Erik and Susanna’s expertise and ongoing curiosity in typography, design, branding, and making books. Individual layouts and type choices complement each text and will make reading even more of a joy.

TOC sees itself as a guide for future generations and their needs and the quality of every single book, the uniqueness of each edition make it the perfect object to hand down to our children and grandchildren.

The TOC library will last beyond the present time.