Singularity&Co, a new specialist SF bookshop in Brooklyn, is a secondhand bookshop on a mission. They’ve set a goal to bring back into print one cult SF novel each month and provide it online for free. That’s right. And if anyone doubts the interest, their $52000 fully crowdfunded project ought to prove them wrong.
Recognizing that many new Science Fiction and Fantasy fans discover their passion through secondhand shops like theirs, Singularity&Co. decided preserving that experience and heritage was vital not only for the genres’ growth and survival but for that of bookstores like themselves. By utilizing the three pillars of the new publishing paradigm: creators, opinion formers and fans, the bookseller has tapped into a new opportunity to be a decisionmaker in publishing by capturing the energy of fans to great success.
With the rise of Kindle, Nook, and the IPad, thousands of authors have found new life and new income from backlists brought back to shelves via ebook publishing. SF Gateway, founded by Gollancz books, Britain’s oldest and most influential publisher of SF, has a similar project where they bring back classic genre text’s into circulation as ebooks, and so have authors like Mike Resnick, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and small presses like Haffner Press, Paizo and even the University Of Nebraska Press.
The new publishing paradigm involving ebooks, social media, crowdfunding and more is having a huge impact on publishers and retailers andopening new avenues and doors for fans to not only pursue but support their passions. As a result, Singularity&Co and others are finding fans will vote with their wallets, and the culture and future of the genres are all the richer for it.
Singularity&Co can be found at their website: http://singularityand.co/
For more on this subject see: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2012/aug/09/save-sci-fi-sf-novels-ebooks
Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s science fiction, fantasy and humor books, short stories and articles. A frequent contributor to blogs like SFSignal, Adventures In SF Publishing, Grasping For The Wind and To Be Read, he also hosts Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat under the hashtag #sffwrtcht on Twitter and blogs about writing and creativity on his own blog at www.bryanthomasschmidt.net/blog. Connect With Bryan On Google+