Since June 2004 Fandemonium Books has brought Stargate fans original novels set in the worlds of SG-1 and Atlantis. The publishing industry has experienced tremendous change in that time, and the soaring popularity of ebooks and ebook readers like the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes and Noble Nook promise more drastic change to come. Now the Stargate novelizations have entered the world of digital publishing.
“The ebook is the new paperback and we’re really excited about what it means for the future of Stargate novels,” Fandemonium publishers Tom and Sally Malcolm told GateWorld in a recent conversation. “Over the last twelve months, the uptake of ebooks has really been astonishing — driven, no doubt, by the price-drop in ebook readers. In the current economic climate, it makes financial sense for avid readers to invest in an ebook reader and then download books for far less than they’d have to pay for a hard copy.”
More than a dozen titles from the series are currently available as ebooks from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, perfect for that new Kindle you got for Christmas. These include:
- Stargate SG-1: Trial by Fire (U.S. | U.K.)
Stargate SG-1: Sacrifice Moon (U.S. | U.K.)
Stargate SG-1: A Matter of Honor (U.S. | U.K.)
Stargate SG-1: City of the Gods (U.S. | U.K.)
Stargate SG-1: The Cost of Honor (U.S. | U.K.)
Stargate SG-1: Siren Song (U.S. | U.K.)
Stargate SG-1: Survival of the Fittest (U.S. | U.K.)
Stargate SG-1: Alliances (U.S. | U.K.)
Stargate SG-1: Roswell (U.S. | U.K.)
Stargate SG-1: Relativity (U.S. | U.K.)
Stargate SG-1: The Barque of Heaven (U.S. | U.K.)
Stargate SG-1: Four Dragons (U.S. | U.K.)
Stargate SG-1: Transitions (U.S. | U.K.)
Stargate Atlantis: Halcyon (U.S. | U.K.)
Stargate Atlantis: Exogenesis (U.S. | U.K.)
… and more
But fear not, readers who prefer paperback copies over their electronic companions. While Fandemonium is transitioning to an ebook-centric business model, paper versions of their titles will still be made available via print-on-demand technology. “From a business point of view this is actually much simpler,” the two said. “When books are sold through usual distribution channels (i.e. bookstores) we don’t see any income for six to twelve months after sale, which is very problematic in terms of cash-flow. In fact, the entire book distribution system has been geared in favor of the bookstores and the distributors and to the disadvantage of the publisher — so if we can bypass that system, it will make our business stronger.
“In addition, distributing new titles as ebooks and P.O.D. will give us much more control over our publishing schedule. We hope to be able to get more books out, faster — and it’s now economically viable to make all of our back catalogue available. At the moment, only Stargate SG-1: Transitions and Stargate Atlantis: Allegiance are available as print-on-demand, but we’re working on getting P.O.D. facilities available for all our out of print titles, and maybe the option of buying our books in hard back.”
By having more control over their expenses and production, and “because of the economics of ebook publishing, sales volume becomes less important because there are fewer upfront costs to cover. This means we can publish books that may not have such wide appeal, but that we think a narrower group of fans might really enjoy. For example, we’ve talked with the Stargate Atlantis: Legacy authors about a book that focuses on the history of the Wraith, and with another group of writers about a new series of Stargate stories based on one of the SG-1 characters.
“These are only talks at this point, and would need approval by MGM, but it’s the kind of thing that the economics of ebook publishing will make possible. For us, that’s a really exciting prospect!”
The new Stargate ebooks are currently priced at just $4.99, making them about 40 percent less expensive than the traditional mass market price and 50 percent lower than the price of the new print-on-demand titles (Transitions and Allegiance). All told, by embracing ebooks, Fandemonium will provide more titles at more affordable pricing and ensure that Stargate titles never go out of print.
Finally, we wanted to know a little about Fandemonium’s two most recent titles:
“Stargate SG-1: Transitions is a fantastic book!” the publishers rave. “It’s Sabine C. Bauer’s fourth Stargate novel (after Trial By Fire, Survival of the Fittest, and Mirror, Mirror) and she brings her usual meticulous plotting to a story that spans both our galaxy and Pegasus. Although an SG-1 novel, it features a whole field of action taking place on Atlantis, and Sabine ties both stories together with the flare fans have come to expect from her writing. The finale of the book is totally kick-ass — fans of both SG-1 and SGA will love it because it brings all our favourite characters together for a really thrilling ending.
“And we now have another new book out: SGA Allegiance, Book Three of the Legacy series. This one picks up right where Stargate Atlantis: The Lost left off — so for those readers who’ve been waiting to find out what happens next, the wait is over!
“The Legacy series is proving hugely popular, and we are not surprised at all because it’s beautifully written by a fantastic group of authors who genuinely love the characters, know them inside out, and are really deepening our understanding of the Pegasus Galaxy and all its inhabitants. The way they’re exploring Wraith culture is phenomenal.”
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