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Fictionwise.com Distributes eBook Edition of Eidolon Magazine; Top Australian Fiction Magazine Premiers with Double Issue

18 July 2000 -- Chatham, NJ, USA -- Fictionwise.com and Eidolon Publications announced today that Fictionwise.com will distribute eBook editions of Eidolon Magazine in Palm, Rocket, and Acrobat formats. The first issue is available now from http://www.fictionwise.com. It is the magazine’s annual double-issue and contains 15 science fiction and fantasy stories, nearly 90,000 words, by many of Australia’s top authors. Fictionwise.com is pricing the double issue at USD $9.95, somewhat less than the newsstand price of the magazine in Australia.

Jeremy Byrnes, Editor of Eidolon Magazine, commented, “The electronic edition is a major step forward for Eidolon, and we're very pleased to be working with Fictionwise.com to provide Australia's best genre writers with such affordable and convenient introduction to an international audience."

Eidolon Magazine is a quarterly publication, and is widely recognized as one of the top semipro science fiction and fantasy publications in the world.

“The term semi-pro is misleading in the case of Eidolon, and especially for this double-issue,” commented Stephen Pendergrast, co-publisher of Fictionwise.com. “This issue contains original stories by authors such as Damien Broderick, Stephen Dedman, Sean Williams, Cecily Scutt, and many others who are recognized not only in Australia but throughout the world as leading pros in the field.”

Many readers in the United States are not exposed to talented authors in other countries, especially Australian authors. In Australian literary circles the effect is called the “tyranny of distance,” which makes it hard for these authors to break through to audiences across the sea. Postage rates make it less economical for people in the United States and other countries to obtain the Eidolon print edition. Overseas postage adds significant cost for people outside of Australia, so few people are willing to take a chance on a subscription of such a magazine sight-unseen.

“We hope the thousands of registered members at Fictionwise.com will take this opportunity to sample some of the finest genre authors in Australia,” remarked Pendergrast. “I’m sure many of our readers will discover that they are some of the most creative in the world, and this issue in particular has many terrific stories. I spent hours reading it when Jeremy first sent us the proofs; I couldn’t put it down. There is a broad range of stories here, from fairy tale fantasy to mainstream SF to frightening views of future dystopia. There’s plenty of great fiction here for everyone.”

In the distribution agreement between Fictionwise.com and Eidolon Publications, each eBook edition will be released approximately simultaneously with the paper publication in Australia. Each eBook issue will be removed from sale when the following issue becomes available. Fictionwise.com will be the exclusive distributor for eBook editions of Eidolon Magazine during the term of the agreement. Regular issues will cost $5.49 and double issues such as the premier eBook issue will be priced at $9.95.


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