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There doesn't seem to be an ebook containing all of Practhett's
works. There needs to be.
In addition to Discworld, it needs his stories from other realms,
essays, interviews, and collaborations with other authors. And
hopefully with a more useful cross-referencing tool than a
||Is there an idea here? Complete works are WKTE. The
publishing rights to everything, would be a bit of a mess to
assemble since he never really got a satisfactory deal going
with US distribution, leading to the crappy artwork on the
covers. Then there's how to deal with the other authors, the
science of Discworld/stuff with Steven Baxter etc.
||This is just a thing you want, isn't it?
||All valid points. But ... "JUST a thing I want?" - you say that oh
so dismissively... my wants are always of paramount
||I'm especially mindful of the difficulty in securing rights from
collaborators. But it's been attempted for many less worthy
writers and I'm flummoxed by the apparent lack of this
collection in all of L.space.
||If there are other ebooks out there, I think it's a
fairly mundane editing task to stitch them together
as chapters into a larger format compendium. The file
format is epub and it's an open standard, and there
are plenty converters into and from epub from other
more proprietary e-publishing formats, so if you can
collect the works yourself, you should be able to
realise this idea without too much graft.
||Publishing that file legally and expecting to gain any commercial rights would be another
thing altogether but for a simple bootleg version distributed over fanzine websites (for people who either had already bought a large proportion of the
catalogue already, or who might use such a compendium to help source and pay for the complete collection)
there'd probably not be too much of a fuss.
||You could float the idea on Discworld Monthly and see how people react.
||It's getting the publishing rights and the royalty deal that's going to be the problem; lawyers, contracts .... EEEEWWWWW ....
||I'm personally halfbaked on this. Many times have I been
called a Complete Prat. Just need to work on the 'Chett'