1: What sort of book store is this?
1: Sci Fi - Arizona is an
experiment in which all of you are taking part.
Not since the printing press put the traveling
minstrel/storyteller out of business has it been
possible for an author to reach the public directly.
Historically, anyone with the money to pay a printer
could have their book published, but generally all a
self-published author ended up with was a garage full of
books. The problem, of course, was that once a
book is printed, it had to be distributed. Book
distribution has always been the purview of a few large
corporations. This meant that fewer and fewer
authors were reaching the public as publishers and
bookstores went for the guaranteed sale with big name
The development of the
INTERNET changed all of that! The World Wide Web
gives individual authors and readers direct access to
one another. No longer is your access to an author's
work controlled by a few editors and
bottom-line-oriented publishing executives. No longer
are your choices limited by the big bookstore chains'
ordering computers. With the advent of Sci Fi - Arizona
and Amazon.com, you are able to read what you want, when
you want! As for writers, if our books don't sell, it is
because we've written a bad book, not due to the
publisher's sales force concentrating on "this month's
2: Aren't you afraid that people will duplicate your
books and distribute them all over the world?
2: Deathly afraid! If people treat the ebooks they
receive from Sci Fi - Arizona as having no value because
they are electronic files rather than words printed on
paper, then I will be put out of business and you will
find your choices limited again. If, on the other
hand, I receive a fair return for my wares, then other
authors will follow this same path and your choices will
be multiplied immensely.
You can help.
There are two kinds of fiction to be had in this virtual
bookstore. There are the short stories you download for
free in order to see whether or not you like my style.
These are intended to be distributed widely as a form of
advertising. Feel free to make as many copies as you
want and distribute them to whoever (and wherever) you
like. Just make sure that the copyright notices and the
Sci Fi - Arizona address remain intact.
The other kind of
fiction are the novels and short story collections for
which you pay money. As it says in the
copyright notice and software
license, these are for the use of the purchaser and
may not be duplicated or distributed. When you
purchase a book from Sci Fi - Arizona, you are actually
purchasing the right to have one copy of the literary
work in electronic form and one additional copy that you
have printed on your local printer. You can even
make a second copy of the file for archival purposes or
to use on a second computer. You do not purchase
the right to go into the publishing business for
yourself, making unlimited duplicates to spread around
the planet. (I will be more than happy to sell you
that right, but it will cost considerably more than
$7.50.) I ask you to agree to these restrictions
when you purchase my products. If you feel that
you cannot agree, then I ask that you not proceed with
the transaction. I respect your right to make up your
own mind on the matter, and hope that you will respect
my right to the fruits of my labors.
"But my friend wants a
copy of your book!" you tell me. Fine. I want your
friend to have a copy. I want every human being on the
face of the Earth to have a copy! I also want to eat.
There is no reason why we all can't have what we want.
Tell your friend where to find this site and how to
download a copy of the book for themselves.
There is another way
you can help. If you become aware of unauthorized
copies in either electronic or paper form, email me and
tell me about it at
3: Why should I download novels here when I can buy a
real book in a bookstore? Besides, I prefer "real books
with covers" to electronic ones.
3: If you can find what you are looking for in your
local bookstore, by all means, buy it! The folks who
publish, distribute, and sell books are good people and
they need your business, too. One thing to note,
however. The books you find in this and other virtual
bookstores are generally not available on the shelves at
your local mall (almost by definition).
We sell "real books"
here, along with our ebooks. Each of the books on
Sci Fi - Arizona comes in both electronic and trade
paperback editions. Our books are 8-1/2 inches
tall by 5-3/8 inches wide and are similar in size to the
larger paperback books you find in bookstores.