In which Tansy and Alex soldier on womanfully without their lost comrade, to catch up on three weeks of publishing news, the Nebulas, books, books, and more books, and tackle the crunchy pet subject of Australian SFF Publishing in its entirety: how do Australian specfic readers get their books? Who publishes them and how do we buy them? (Realised too late this is a pretty massive topic - please email us to tell us what we got wrong and what we left out!)
News Bitchgate round up http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/strong-books-make-strong-girls/ Scott Westerfeld interview http://www.popmatters.com/pm/post/136748-scott-westerfeld
LJ Smith, author of bestselling 20 year book series The Vampire Diaries fired by her publisher, who will hire new writer to continue the books. http://io9.com/#!5756378/the-author-of-the-vampire-diaries-has-been-fired-from-her-own-book-series
Interesting post by Tobias Buckell on ebooks http://www.tobiasbuckell.com/2011/02/14/ebook-sales-fun/ (love the bit where he zooms out on the graph)
Borders and Angus and Robertson go into receivership. http://www.smh.com.au/business/dont-discount-onlines-threat-to-retailers-20110223-1b51c.html
Nebula shortlist http://www.sfwa.org/2011/02/2010-nebula-nominees/
RIP Nicholas Courtney http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/remembering-the-brigadier/
What Culture Have we Consumed? Alex: Life, Gwyneth Jones; The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin; Revelation Space, and Chasm City, Alastair Reynolds Tansy: Debris (due Autumn (?) 2011) by Jo Anderton; The Secret Files of the Diogenes Club, Kim Newman (http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/the-secret-files-of-the-diogenes-club-by-kim-newman/); Across the Universe, by Beth Revis (http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/girls-in-spaceships-with-a-side-order-of-robots-please/)
Pet Subject: How do Australians Buy SpecFic Books? This comes from a request by Niall Harrison to learn about the other side of Aussie specfic - the mainstream/Big Name Publishers, how Australians buy books, etc.
Big Name Australian Publishers (who handle SFF) HarperCollins Voyager Hachette Livre/Orbit (incl Gollancz, Picador, Little Brown etc) Allen & Unwin Random House Pan Macmillan
The Cost of Australian Books/Australian editions - GST, the fight against parallel importation. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/04/24/2551487.htm
Chain Stores - Borders, Big W, Collins, ABC, Dymocks, Angus & Robertson (Borders & A&R now in receivership but not all shops company owned - many will close) Online Shopping - local and overseas (Amazon, Book Depository, Fishpond, BetterWorldBooks) Indie/SFF Specialist Bookshops Hobart: Ellison Hawker Melbourne: Minotaur and Swords and Sorcery (Reader’s Feast also has a well-picked if smallish selection). Perth: Planet and Fantastic Planet, White Dwarf and a few more new and not so new Sydney: Galaxy, Infinitas Brisbane: Pulp Fiction Books (who did we forget? Tell us!)
Feedback: Tehani from Perth, Cat from Wollongong & Shane from Redfern.
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