Thursday, March 19, 2020

It's Alive

Publication day for War of the Maps in the UK.

And like all other books whose publication has been caught up in the ongoing circumstances, it is a very muted affair -- out in the world, at least. Various appearances linked with publication have been cancelled; Amazon will not reorder any more books once its current stock is exhausted, as it wants to concentrate on essential supplies. And I understand why many readers may be reluctant to go and buy it in a bookshop: I am currently self-isolating, and hope that all of you are staying as safe as you can.

But the ebook is available to download, both here in the UK and in the US (once a glitch that has prevented the ebook showing on has been fixed, that is). And there are places where you can buy the physical book online other than Amazon.

Wordery is currently offering War of the Maps at a steep discount, with free postage.

The Book Depository is offering a 20% discount, and free postage anywhere in the world.

Forbidden Planet has an online shop; you can find War of the Maps here.

In Scotland, there's SFF specialist Transreal Fiction, offering free home delivery in and around Edinburgh.

Blackwell's, Foyles and Waterstones are also selling it online. Blackwell's and Foyles offer free postage, and in the Blackwell's online store the book is currently discounted to £11.75.

You could order it from your favourite independent bookshop. If they don't have it in stock they can order it for you. Many offer free postage or free local delivery. Hive will make a small donation to your local bookshop with every purchase, but it's best to buy directly. Here are a few good independent booksellers in London:
Big Green Bookshop
Bookseller Crow
Burley Fisher Books

Finally, the UK ebook is available from Google Play. 

If you have a recommendation, let me know. I'll add it to the list.

And do think of supporting other books caught up in these difficult times. For instance Aliette De Bodard's House of Sundering Flames, Chris Humphreys' Smoke in the Glass, and Elizabeth Bear's Ancestral Night, all three also published by Gollancz today.


Blogger David D. said...

Congratulations! The glitch is still blocking access to the ebook on Amazon U.S., but I'll keep checking. As always, I look forward to reading your latest work.

March 19, 2020 4:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also on Google Play: got it by preorder.

March 20, 2020 12:41 pm  
Anonymous William Donelson said...

Awesome! Thank you, Paul.

March 20, 2020 12:47 pm  
Anonymous Francis Spufford said...

Just finished it. Marvellous; exciting and yet deeply melancholy. A book full of renunciation. I think your best work since the Confluence books. But – if I can ask this in a way that doesn't constitute a spoiler – did the role played in the climax by a ride-on lawnmower follow from some kind of private bet with yourself?

April 02, 2020 1:34 pm  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

Hi Francis, thanks for the kind words. No bet, private or otherwise, just serendipity. Maybe a renuciation of solemnity? Better not say more because spoilers.

Would it be okay, btw, to pass yr second sentence on to my publishers?

April 03, 2020 6:16 pm  
Anonymous Francis Spufford said...

Hi, Paul. Yes, absolutely okay. Thank you for two days' worth of excellent distraction from the news.

April 07, 2020 11:34 am  

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