The short version: All the main book titles in SF Encyclopedia author Checklists are links, highlighted in the traditional blue. Most of them link to the Affiliate Choice page which can otherwise be reached and personalized via the Shopping button in the Extras panel to the right of every SFE page. The link copies the title and author to the Affiliate Choice page, where you can pick a shopping site and search for the specified book using the Search selected shop button. The benefit to the SFE is that we receive a tiny affiliate fee if you buy anything – not necessarily the book whose title you clicked on in the first place – after going to the shop.
As explained on the Affiliate Choice page, there's also a Search ignoring author button which is handy when looking for a book about a particular author (and thus listed under further reading in his or her entry) which was written by someone else. A third button, labelled Just visit shop, takes you to the selected shopping site without running a book search on arrival. Finally, Search Picture Gallery avoids shopping sites altogether and looks for the book cover among the many thousands of images in our famous Gallery feature.
Exceptions to the rule: Checklist title links marked with a little orange G – like this – take you to the SF Gateway site run by our publishers, Gollancz, where you can buy ebook editions. This doesn't benefit us directly but makes Gollancz happy, which is also good for the SF Encyclopedia. However, title links from image captions in the Picture Gallery always go to our own Affiliate Choice page.
Occasionally Asked Questions
Q. Do you link to specific editions like the first editions
recorded in your Checklists?
A. No. The searches cover any edition with the same title and author. (Gateway links, by the way, are based on title alone: thus David Langford's Irrational Numbers links to a Gateway sales page for Irrational Numbers by George Alec Effinger.)
Q. Will you be adding further shopping choices?
A. We certainly hope to, but registering as an official affiliate can be a fiddly business. Some shopping outlets insist on various complex, time-consuming US tax forms and declarations, and a sense that life is too short does occasionally intrude.
[This page is under construction. Further information will be added in due course.]