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Sikkukkut
03-03-2009, 02:10
Few details as yet, but the word is going around the Web that GW is putting Solaris, the original-fiction imprint originally founded as a sister to Black Library and Black Flame, up for sale. They'll honour all publication commitments up until early 2010 but that's all.

I guess we'll have to wait for more data to know whether this is a costcutting exercise (although I understand Solaris' sales were pretty respectable) or a continuation in the slimming-down of BL Publishing that's been going on for a while. It is interesting that they're putting the imprint up for sale rather than simply closing it, though.

Anyone else heard anything more?

blackcherry
03-03-2009, 16:06
I hadn't heard of this company before. What do they tend to specialise in, book wise?

Corrode
03-03-2009, 16:14
http://www.solarisbooks.com/

RobC
03-03-2009, 16:36
I've only heard what you've heard, Sikkukkut. To my knowledge it's profitable, so perhaps it's being got rid of as a continuation of focus on "core" GW stuff at the expense of interesting sidelines.

The important thing to note is that it's being sold off rather than wound up like Black Industries, suggesting it's a going concern that GW believes could be worth selling.

Aurellis
03-03-2009, 16:46
I always thought Solaris has great potential if explored properly, although I can see why it's a bit of a distraction for GW.

Lost_Heretic
03-03-2009, 21:57
Finally an end to the crap-tastic Summoner series!

reds8n
04-03-2009, 14:23
Looks like it is happening.


Games Workshop is to sell its Solaris Books publishing imprint as it looks to concentrate on its "core business".

BL Publishing, the gaming company’s publishing division, has two imprints. Black Library publishes fiction set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 settings. Solaris is an original fiction imprint, founded in 2006, publishing around 20 science fiction, horror and fantasy titles per year.

George Mann, Games Workshop's head of publishing, said in a statement: "In recent years our Black Library imprint has more than doubled in size and scope and we have decided that we should focus all our attention in growing this core part of our business. Whilst we see plenty of growth potential with Solaris, we are looking for a buyer who is interested in developing this global brand."

Both imprints are distributed in the UK by Simon & Schuster


link (http://www.thebookseller.com/news/79064-games-workshop-to-sell-solaris.html)

blackcherry
04-03-2009, 15:05
Hmm. Looks more like GW are letting the go because its a distraction from what they mainline in and the believe it has the potential, if handled by someone better than them at publishing, to be a lot more successful.

I just hope this isn't one of those d'oh moments later on in the GW companies life.

Kroot Lord
04-03-2009, 19:05
I've never ever heard of that site, the name, or any of the books or authors listed there. Couldn't care less, honestly, but I do feel with other persons who may or may not care if it closes or is sold out to a lesser company, because I know it is never fun to lose something you like to an inferior company. I however don't know anything about said company other than what was said here.

Also, check out "The Dude's Imperial Guard Summary III" if you're looking for something to clean, there aren't meant to be as many posts there as there are and most of them have already been answered in the first post are are off topic/spam.

RobC
04-03-2009, 19:54
I've never ever heard of that site, the name, or any of the books or authors listed there. Couldn't care less, honestly.Thank you for your contribution. Do you post similarly on every other thread on which you have nothing to actually say?

Wintermute
04-03-2009, 20:04
Can we keep this thread on-topic please?

Wintermute

Kroot Lord
05-03-2009, 06:56
Thank you for your contribution. Do you post similarly on every other thread on which you have nothing to actually say?

Changed. Does this bring you in happy land now, or do you still need to go to a few other thousand posts before you get there? Have you thought of how helpful your post is, and that is just like mine doesn't add anything to the thread? Think twice before replying to such posts, because you'll find them on every single thread, more than once.

spaint2k
05-03-2009, 07:55
GW's policies towards non-core products baffle me. These things are obviously never seen in stores, just like WFRP and Dark Heresy. Are Black Library books available in GW stores?

Steve

blongbling
05-03-2009, 08:19
SOlaris was an imprint that was used for the idea of non GW fiction and sci fi....something quite new for GW. the books were avaialble to all book stores and can be found in places like waterstones/borders et al. BL novels are also in those locations but also in GW stores.

reds8n
05-03-2009, 08:19
They sell BL books in the stores. They've also been selling the CDs as well.

RobC
05-03-2009, 10:22
Spain2k: Solaris was never intended to be just another part of GW merch; it was an attempt to branch out into the wider world of publishing, which it seems to have done to a respectable degree. The books weren't intended for GW stores but the non-GW market, and as they're distributed by Simon & Schuster they can be found in most book shops across the UK – and are widely available in the US, apparently.

Some of the stuff they've published is very enjoyable: the Bitterwood series and the Punktown novels spring to mind, and the SF anthologies have been nicely varied. I strongly believe that the imprint is viable, and just needs a new home to keep it going.

UltimateNagash
07-03-2009, 19:19
Some of the stuff they've published is very enjoyable: the Bitterwood series and the Punktown novels spring to mind, and the SF anthologies have been nicely varied. I strongly believe that the imprint is viable, and just needs a new home to keep it going.
Snap. I enjoy the anthologies they've done as well ^_^ I hope someone picks them up