William Gibson has a new book coming out, called Spook Country!
Hang on. NOT Hurrah 😦
That’s because while Amazon will sell it as of August 7th for $UD17.13 (plus shipping), the book will not arrive in Australia until September 7th, for $AUD50. It’s not likely to be a huge seller, so it could take weeks to percolate into bookshops.
So … I could import it for less than I will pay if I wait for local release. And it seems that there will be an audio book release on August 7th too. So it will be a torrent well before the dead tree edition is released here and the web will be full of analysis and spoilers well before I get a chance to hold it in my hands.
Wake up, people! In a world with free information flow this dumb kind of distribution is ANTI-CONSUMER behaviour that will not make you any friends. (And looks very silly, too)