Orbit Books Makes A Smart Move

Orbit goes digital first with THE WINDUP GIRL

Time Magazine named The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi as one of its ten best novels of the year. And the book has also won an extraordinary five of 2010?s major international SF awards: the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook Award and John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

To take advantage of the huge buzz for this book (read a free extract HERE), Orbit is taking the unusual step of releasing the ebook edition immediately, as the fastest way of getting this important work to a UK audience. The paperback print edition will be out later, from 2nd December. We are very excited to publish this in the UK, as the extraordinary word-of-mouth excitement for this work in the States has been tremendous and now UK fans will have access to this wonderful book.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Now this is a publisher who not only believes in the future but is also creating it.

How many of the Big Six will look at this move with some horror, worrying simultaneously about:

1) Piracy
2) Locking down the regional rights
3) Cannibalizing their print sales
4) Complaints from dying bookstores

Instead of any of that, Orbit is thinking about its customers — the readers.


  1. Doug31 October, 2010

    Orbit is in the ‘Big 6’ fold. It’s part of the Hachette empire.

  2. igorsk1 November, 2010

    The book has been available worldwide from WebScriptions for several months (maybe even a year). What’s the big news here?

    1. Nate the great1 November, 2010

      Good point.

      I’m not sure that Baen can sell the ebook in the UK, though (even though they usually have non-exclusive worldwide rights).

      1. igorsk1 November, 2010

        Baen doesn’t sell it, WebScription does, on behalf of Nightshade. Since the book is still up (some Nightshade books were taken down due to some argument between publisher and writers), I assume it’s all cleared legally.


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