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Friday, November 06, 2015

A belated collection

I've been wanting to get this collection of all the Selenoth short stories along with the first little novel together in ebook form since Marcher Lord published the hardcover, but I never quite managed to get around to it. But things have been going so swimmingly with regards to getting 4GW Handbook out the door - it's pretty much good to go now, although we'll spend the weekend going over it to see if we can clean up any more lurking typos - that I was able to spare a few hours over the last two evenings to add the additional six stories to the original Summa Elvetica, "Birth of an Order", and "Master of Cats". So if you want all the stories in one place, or if you haven't read any of them, you can do so now in Summa Elvetica: A Casuistry of the Elvish Controversy & Other Stories. It's also available via Kindle Unlimited, which makes this the obvious starting point for those thinking about dipping a toe into Selenoth.

Granted, dropping the neophyte reader into Latin pseudo-Aquinas with chapters headings such as IA Q. VII A. I ARG. I is probably not what the marketing experts would recommend, but if that sort of thing doesn't at least make an epic fantasy reader curious, he should probably stick with Robert Jordan and Terry Brooks anyhow.

One of these days we'll get it out in hardcover too one of these days. I have to say, of all the books in my library, the hardcover that Marcher Lord put out right before it was bought has the prettiest and most spiking spine of them all. Kirk did a great job of making it match the ARTS OF DARK AND LIGHT covers while also setting it apart.

We also had a little Kindle Select confusion which temporarily resulted in our removing of both QUANTUM MORTIS A Man Disrupted and QUANTUM MORTIS Gravity Kills from Amazon, but the matter was quickly resolved and both books are now up and available conventionally as well as through Kindle Unlimited.

It's been so long since we bothered making any use of Smashwords that I simply forgot the books were up there. It's really remarkable how completely Amazon has steamrolled the opposition. You would think that the Big Five publishers would have teamed up with Barnes & Noble to set up an online alternative by now, but they are too frightened to take the hit to their sales that collectively pulling their books from Amazon would entail. That's why they will glide gracefully into literary history, in total denial all the while.

We're under no illusions that it couldn't happen to smaller independent publishers too, but we're protected by declining marginal utility. Amazon can take all of the business away any time it wants, but why bother when it can simply take one-third the revenue for none of the effort involved beyond providing the infrastructure?

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18 Comments:

Blogger Durandel Almiras November 06, 2015 7:56 AM  

I'll get it in hardcover once it comes out. You are also going to write more Quantum Mortis books too, yes? Another good world you made that I really like and want to know more about.

Blogger pdwalker November 06, 2015 8:45 AM  

You are not publishing this one through Castalia House?

Blogger pdwalker November 06, 2015 8:46 AM  

Edit: more correctly, offering it for sale from Castalia House directly

Blogger Peter P. VFM #438 November 06, 2015 9:43 AM  

Any plans for a tree format? Already got everything in epub.

Blogger VD November 06, 2015 9:43 AM  

Edit: more correctly, offering it for sale from Castalia House directly

Correct. We sell considerably more through KU alone than from CH. And we are but humble servants of the marketplace. If that's where people prefer to buy, so be it.

Blogger VD November 06, 2015 9:44 AM  

Any plans for a tree format?

My plan is that we'll do this, ATOB, and ASOS all at the same time.

Anonymous Philalethes November 06, 2015 11:27 AM  

Correct. We sell considerably more through KU alone than from CH. And we are but humble servants of the marketplace. If that's where people prefer to buy, so be it.

Because Amazon won't let you sell the item through Kindle Unlimited if you're selling it elsewhere? Unfortunate for those who (a) prefer .epub format (though I guess it can be converted with Calibre? Same quality?) and/or (b) prefer to pay the whole price to Castalia rather than The Beast. But hey, go with the maximum return.

So which "Other Stories" are now in the book? The blurb doesn't say, I see it's not on the Castalia site (though still linked on the Vox Day author page), and the Amazon page's "Look inside ⤸" feature shows the original edition, sans Other Stories.

I didn't have the book in Kindle on my computer (having previously purchased it on my tablet), so I downloaded it there, but it was the original edition (sans Other Stories), despite that the new edition has the same Amazon ASIN.

Blogger Aeoli Pera November 06, 2015 11:58 AM  

Amazon can take all of the business away any time it wants, but why bother when it can simply take one-third the revenue for none of the effort involved beyond providing the infrastructure?

Because man is wicked at heart and will take any success as an excuse.

Blogger Aeoli Pera November 06, 2015 12:03 PM  

Not saying it necessarily will happen.

Blogger tiarosa November 06, 2015 12:44 PM  

Will ATofB be appearing in dead tree version again? $300 and up is way beyond my budget.

Blogger pdwalker November 06, 2015 1:09 PM  

What do you know, I have this in my kindle library already.

Now I just have to wait for the update to get the other 6 stories.

Blogger Josh November 06, 2015 1:35 PM  

Because man is wicked at heart and will take any success as an excuse.

What?

Blogger VD November 06, 2015 4:33 PM  

Will ATofB be appearing in dead tree version again? $300 and up is way beyond my budget.

Yes, in the first half of next year.

Blogger Aeoli Pera November 06, 2015 8:05 PM  

Josh,

He asked why Amazon wouldn't just sit back and enjoy their money and success. So I gave a basic Sunday school reason why they would not.

Blogger Badger Brigadon November 06, 2015 11:43 PM  

I really like the Summa Elvatica cover. Were it in a library or book store, it would definitely be yanked out of the shelves and thumbed through...

Blogger JT November 07, 2015 2:34 AM  

If I bought the Kindle version in 2010, would a delete off my devices and a re-delivery from Amazon result in the updated version being downloaded?

OpenID originalh November 08, 2015 8:24 PM  

VD, I have a request: Could you please edit the Amazon description of the new SE collection to list the included short stories? Thanks!

Blogger pdwalker November 09, 2015 12:50 AM  

@16

It does not appear so. I just tried that and I am not seeing the revised content. I've also setup a new device, resynced and I am seeing the previous version without the 6 extra stories.

Has anyone else been able to get the revised content?

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