US books in the UK

Lou Anders reports:

Christian Dunn of Solaris Books is excited to announce the acquisition of world mass-market rights for INFOQUAKE by David Louis Edelman, in a high-profile deal with Pyr, the SF/F imprint of Prometheus Books.

Good news. Also good news is the fact that Tor UK is starting to pick up on some Tor US books, which means we’re getting belated UK editions of Vernor Vinge’s Rainbows End, John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, and Paul Park’s A Princess of Roumania. Not to mention the fact that Stross’s The Atrocity Archives and A Family Trade are seeing UK publication this year.

Now all we need is for UK publishers to pick up Nalo Hopkinson, Elizabeth Bear, Catherynne Valente, Kage Baker, Susan Palwick, Kathleen Ann Goonan — oh, and a UK edition of Gwyneth Jones’s Life would be nice, while I’m wishing — and we’ll be getting somewhere.

4 thoughts on “US books in the UK

  1. This has been ongoing for years, but now that it is so easy to buy US books via the internet it is going to be increasingly difficult for such authors to get UK editions.

    Nice to see that a little book called Magic For Beginners has a UK edition, you might like that one, Niall.

    What I would like to see is some kind of active distribution deal for the likes of Golden Gryphon and Nightshade in the UK. That would put a lot of very good, and very nicely produced, books on our shelves.

  2. Kev:

    “The likes of” would like nothing better.

    Golden Gryphon Press and Tachyon Publications use the same distributor that subcontracts their British (and European) distribution to a UK company called Gazelle (Gazelle Book Services Limited). I’d be curious if anybody could recommend a better UK distributor or would have some tips on how to let British booksellers know that the books exist. In theory they should be easily obtainable.

  3. Jacob – The US sf small press with the best distribution (so far as I can see) is NESFA – I’ve seen copies of their hardbacks in some of the bigger Waterstones’ and Borders’ as well as in the specialist stores. It’s not clear from their website who they use, though… Of the US trade publishers, Tor’s distribution is best by a country mile.

  4. Jacob: I’ve had difficulties with Gazelle in the past, slow response times and failure to obtain books I wanted even when i visited their offices directly. That was a few years ago now though.
    On the other hand various dealers on Amazon get me books at half the price in a few days or so. Why would I bother with Gazelle’s services?

    I know at one time Titan were major importers but that was long ago too.

    Graham: the problem is that my nearest Borders is 40 miles away, nearest large Waterstones 70 miles away. Without the internet people like me never see these titles, don’t know they exist, and if we’re going to use the net why not just buy online and be done with it. SHort of huge gambles by a distributor I can’t see any of them really viewing it as a viable option.

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