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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     

Early Release Date?

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Hey all,


I was just wandering through Big W and spotted something that threw me a bit. A copy of the new James Patterson Women's Murder Club book 15th Affair....I thought It wasn't to be released until may 2nd?  With further checking, Target is selling it, Book Depository is selling it and so is QBD and Dymocks. Was there a mix up with the release date?




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It's not uncommon for some books to be available in some shops before the official release date.  A book I've read recently was due to be published on the 5th March, but was available in Waterstone's at the beginning of February as they'd chosen it as one of their books of the month.  If you've been waiting for it from any other bookseller (including Amazon), you'll still be waiting until 5th March.


It depends on the marketing strategy for the book, and how the publishers think they can get maximum exposure without spending too much on promotion.  I think it's often only the bigger publishing events, such as the Harry Potter books, where book shops are under a contractual agreement not to release the book before the official date.  I wonder if some of the bookshops are also allowed to sell earlier than the official date to help promote sales of the tree books through real bookshops as opposed to the discounted online retailers such as Amazon.

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