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.