Justin Marriott publishes an impressive list of digests. Up to now he’s used the old standard print-then-distribute model. But went he launched The Sleazy Reader #5 he decided to try the new distribute-then-print model thru CreateSpace/Amazon.
Justin is based in England. He explained what drove the switch in an email: “International postage costs have been an ongoing challenge as the cost of posting from the UK to America or Australia is more than the cost of printing. Especially for smaller black and white zines such as Men of Violence. By making publications available through Amazon, the mag is typically printed and posted from the same country it’s ordered in (not sure how it works for Australia and Japan), which means the postage is cheaper. I also know many people have Amazon Prime which includes “free” postage.”
However, at least initially, the change isn’t across the board. “For black and white publications such as Men of Violence, or smaller scale publications where the postage is too great compared to the print costs for me to feel comfortable about passing it on, I will use Amazon exclusively.
“For The Paperback Fanatic and Pulp Horror, I don’t know at this stage. I was especially proud with the reproduction quality in issue 6 of Pulp Horror, and am not sure if the colour print quality from Amazon is as good. (At this stage I haven’t seen a physical copy of The Sleazy Reader to make an informed judgement.) If the print quality is noticeable inferior, I doubt if I will go down this route for now.”
I have both The Sleazy Reader #5 and Pulp Horror #6. The print quality of PH6 is superior to TSR5, but for me, not enough to ignore the distribution and shipping advantages of print on demand.
Although the introduction and one article are uncredited, in appears as if Justin Marriott wrote the entire issue.
“Bad Girls Go to Hell: The J.D. Lit of Wenzell Brown”
“Talking ‘Bout My Degeneration: A Review of Leslie Garrett’s The Beasts”
“The Flagellants of Falconhurst: The Shocking Phenomena of the ‘Plantation-Exploitation’ Novel”
“The Tormented World of Phil Hirsch: Bizarro Anthologies at Pyramid Books”
“Enter the World of the Notorious Outlaw-The Biker: Review of Easy Riders Best Fiction”
“Living in the Shadows: Harry Whittington’s Life in Paperbacks”