Basement Books

What happens when a bookstore orders too many copies of a particular book? I found out the full story only a few years ago.

It costs a lot of money to ship books around, and often publishers don’t charge the stores up front for the books, so the books will often be:

1. Remaindered, meaning marked with a pen on the bottom next to the spine and sent off to be sold cheaply elsewhere.

2. Have the cover stripped off and be destroyed (I’d always wondered why books often have an odd warning message about not being sold without the original cover in them – the publisher wants to be sure the books aren’t re-sold).

Well, I’ve found a place that sells remaindered books, and it’s fantastic. It’s called Basement Books, it’s near central station in Sydney, and I make every excuse to visit.

Yesterday I bought:

Remember, these books are brand new, and often good titles (even very popular titles) it’s just that somebody overestimated demand and ordered too many.

The shelves aren’t always alphabetised, and they don’t have everything, but you can get some great books for a heavy discount. Next time you’re in the neighbourhood, check it out.

Note: I’m not affiliated with Basement Books. I’m not being paid for this. They don’t know I’m writing it.


Warbreaker Map

If you’re reading Warbreaker, you may have noticed that it’s a bit hard to find the landmarks on the included map of T’Telir.

I did, anyway, so I made a colour-coded version:

Warbreaker Map - coloured

Click the image for the full sized version. If you’re reading the book on your phone, you can download this to it for reference as you read.


Brandon Sanderson’s “The Way of Kings” is out

Brandon Sanderson is my favourite author at the moment. He writes epic fantasy novels with carefully constructed plots and colourful, life-like characters.

He is famous for complex, cohesive “magic systems” – that is, the magic in his books is always consistent within its own internal rules. He’s also known for original story concepts; many of them turn well-known fantasy tropes on their heads, such as the Mistborn trilogy, which is about a world in which “the Dark Lord won” – a prophesied hero, fated to destroy an evil villain, unexpectedly failed.

If you’d like to try out Brandon’s work I recommend Warbreaker, a full novel he released for free (cc licensed) which you can download as a .pdf or .prc from his website: Warbreaker downloads (I tried to convert the latest version to an .epub but my reader won’t open it, anyone else succeeded?).

I can’t wait to read his latest book, The Way of Kings:

It’s just been released and is available as an eBook, as a physical book ordered on-line and in bookstores in the US (and some here in Australia, try Borders). There are sample chapters available on, too.

So if this looks like something you might like, given Brandon a try.