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An Omnibus (Latin for "with all" — the same root as the bus you ride on) is usually several novels/issues collected in a single volume. In most cases, each installment had been published in some form, either as a standalone work, or as a part of another collection. Omnibuses are often published as a way to earn more money, or to release out-of-print installments. Another occasion is for a milestone, like the anniversary of a work or for the release of the last installment in a series. The publishing industry sometimes refers to these as "bind-ups".

Similar to the omnibus release is the manga industry's Tankobon, which is a recopilatory volume that collects a couple months' worth of weekly releases of one single manga, in contrast to the weekly releases published on periodic anthologies such as Shonen Jump.

They often end up being a Doorstopper.

Related to Anthology. Compare Compilation Movie, Patchwork Story, and Compilation Rerelease. Contrast Multi-Volume Work.


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     Anime And Manga 
  • There's an Azumanga Daioh omnibus that compiles the entire series into a single volume. It's around 700 pages long.
  • Viz has compiled Dragon Ball Z and Rurouni Kenshin into "Viz Big" editions that contain three or four volumes each. Both One Piece and Fullmetal Alchemist have also received this treatment, but neither are under the Viz Big name.
  • Dark Horse Comics has started doing this with many manga series, including several CLAMP works.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi is being re-released in Omnibuses in North America with a new translation job, in order to replace the first 21 volumes which had varying levels of dubious quality. Negima's predecessor Love Hina has been released by Kodansha Comics in the form of five Omnibus editions.
  • Gunslinger Girl has a number of omnibus collections. The first two are three volumes each, and every subsequent one is two each.
    • It is likely that creator Yu Aida is aware of these overseas editions (the Japanese collections are all single volumes). He has created an Idolmaster 4-koma where one of the girls learns the word Omnibus.
  • Attack on Titan received a 1000 page long "Colossal Edition" that compiles the first five volumes of the manga, courtesy of Kodansha Comics. Another "Colossal Edition" compiling volumes 6 through 10 was released the following year, and volumes 11 through 15 the year after that. It's safe to assume the rest of the series will follow suit.
  • Sands of Destruction was compiled into two volumes after it completed its run in Dengeki Maoh; each volume is around 200 pages. Each one also includes a couple of omake comics.
  • All 12 volumes of Death Note were compiled into a single 2400 page omnibus. It must be seen to be believed.
  • The original 9 volumes of Genshiken were rereleased as 3 omnibus editions.
  • GTO: The Early Years was originally published in 31 volumes, with around 9 chapters per volume. They were later republished in 15 deluxe editions with twice the material per book. Only the deluxe editions were released in English.

     Comic Books 
  • Comics in the Star Wars Expanded Universe have been getting combined into books much larger than graphic novel. They're each called an "Omnibus", and contain two to three arcs, each composed of four comics. This started with the X-Wing Rogue Squadron series, which has a total of three omnibuses.
  • Comic books in general nowadays tend to be collected in Trade Paperback editions collecting a story arc; hence Writing for the Trade.
    • Marvel and DC also put out "Essential" and "Showcase" editions of older comics: phone book-sized books in black and white collecting a larger series at a time, usually 20 issues or more. Plus the "absolute" editions, which are in color on high quality paper, usually with extras.
    • And of course both Marvel and DC have books called Omnibuses: Hardcover books with high quality pages larger than normal comics and with huge page counts, at the cost of a hefty price tag.
    • A bit more affordable per book, at least at the time of release, is the Marvel Masterworks series of hardcovers, which usually reprints around 10-12 issues worth of material in each volume.
  • The original Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe comics have been compiled into paperback books.
  • The first seven Danger Girl comics were reprinted in a paperback book.
  • Bone was initially published as individual issues, which were collected into nine trade paperbacks... which were then republished as the One Volume Edition. It's a 1300-page tome.
  • ElfQuest was at one point collected into a single limited-edition volume containing the original 20-part series - a mere 652 pages. (Strictly speaking a compilation of compilations, collecting 4 volumes containing 5 parts each.)
  • Many of the older Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics have been published in omnibus form, as have many Angel ones. Ditto the early Buffy tie-in novels.
  • Grendel has a series of six omnibus editions collecting everything published up until the end of 2011, with the exception of the two Batman Intercontinuity Crossover miniseries (due to licensing reasons) and the Silverback miniseries featuring Argent's Origins Episode (due to the original artwork reportedly being too deteriorated to reproduce). The first four omnibus editions collect all the main Grendel stories in order of internal chronology and the final two collect the Grendel Tales side stories not featuring any of the main successive Grendels.
  • The French World War II Alternate History comic book Block 109 has an omnibus regrouping all stories set in this universe, titled Block 109: Univers.
  • All 3 volumes of Hound were compiled into a single 504-page omnibus by Dark Horse Comics in 2022.



     Video Games  
  • Command & Conquer: The First Decade contains every game and expansion in the series up to Generals/Zero Hour, except for Sole Survivor.
  • Half-Life Anthology, a compendium of Half-Life games on the "GoldSrc" engine.

     Visual Novels  
  • After releasing a bunch of episodes of Daughter for Dessert, the developers would periodically release downloadable bundles of episodes.

     Web Original  
  • Googlebrains has Lack of Inspiration which is technically an omnibus.

Alternative Title(s): Tankobon