The Robot Trading Company – a new hub for genre fiction?

I’m very pleased to announce that infinity plus is one of the first partners in Angry Robot’s new venture, the Robot Trading Company. Rather than simply sell their own titles, Angry Robot will be featuring books from other publishers on an equal footing.

This approach has some really interesting possibilities, one of which is that the Robot Trading Company will establish itself as a hub for quality genre fiction.

For the last couple of years the ebook market has grown and developed at a dramatic rate.

One aspect of this is that publishing has been democratised: anyone with the right tools can become a publisher, or self-publisher. Some really good work has emerged as a direct result of this, and the publishing world is starting to wake up to the idea that there are lessons to learn.

One down-side is that there’s an awful lot of noise out there: how do readers reliably find the good stuff? Filters and gatekeepers will emerge: reliable reviewers and bloggers are doing an excellent job of steering us towards what’s interesting. Quality booksellers will also do this. Weightless Books is one such specialist, with an excellent list of titles available.

And now we have the Robot Trading Company: the online bookselling branch of one of the most interesting book publishers in genre fiction, now in partnership with other quality ebook publishers. It’s a new model, and – regardless of my vested interest in its success – I’ll be watching closely to see if it’s an indicator of a new direction for book publishing and sales.

About Keith Brooke and infinity plus

Keith Brooke is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and other strange stuff, and editor and reviewer of same. He is also the publisher at infinity plus, an independent imprint publishing books by leading genre fiction authors. View all posts by Keith Brooke and infinity plus

4 responses to “The Robot Trading Company – a new hub for genre fiction?

  • David D. Levine

    The problem that all third-party ebook vendors have to overcome is the difficulty of loading an ebook onto an e-reader from anything other than the vendor’s store. The vast majority of e-reader owners do not even know that it is possible. The e-reader vendors, of course, have no motivation to make this any easier or more visible, so I don’t see the situation improving any time soon.

    • keithbrooke

      Very true, but there’s no reason why people won’t become a little more adept with their e-readers. I’ve no idea if indie e-booksellers will be as successful as some indie publishers, but I’m looking forward to finding out!

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  • Bill Smith

    I just don’t get the argument that sideloading is “just too darned hard.”


    It’s like assuming that many users are morons — if you are smart enough to register your Kindle in the first place, you are smart enough to handle sideloading.

    Plug your device into the computer. Copy from “this folder” to “that folder.” Unplug your reader.

    It is easy, you just need to explain it to people.

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