Availability of Biggles stories

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Availability of Biggles stories

Post by Anthony Appleyard » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:42 am

How near are we to all the Biggles stories being available easily, on paper (new printing) or on the internet?

I have 2 Biggles story episodes, on pre-WWII paper which is as fragile as a butterfly's wing from aging.

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Re: Availability of Biggles stories

Post by kylie_koyote » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:37 am

Welcome to the new forum, Anthony! I'm glad you've found us again.

Red Fox publishing did a run of paperbacks recently (2009? I don't recall, but I'm sure someone on the forum will know) and they are pretty common to buy (try Amazon if you don't see them in your local shop).

Most of the titles can be found relatively cheaply online if you do a bit of hunting around. The only ones that are really hard to find / expensive are a couple of the later SAP titles, especially "Deep Blue Sea".
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Re: Availability of Biggles stories

Post by Kismet » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:45 am

There was a man a few years ago, who edited and published alternately very old and late titles, Norman know-his-name-perfectly-well-and can't-recall-it. I think there are probably a raft of postwar titles that haven't been reprinted in recent times, though.
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Re: Availability of Biggles stories

Post by kylie_koyote » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:47 am

Norman Wright, K.
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Re: Availability of Biggles stories

Post by Kismet » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:51 am

Thanks. I got Norman Bates into my head and I knew it wasn't him.
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Re: Availability of Biggles stories

Post by Anthony Appleyard » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:40 pm

But originals are expensive, and also likely to be fragile from aging, due to having been printed on cheap acid-ridden paper - as my two episode copies are. Age on some sorts of paper seems to induce a process which similar to burning but happens at room temperature and a billion times slower.

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Re: Availability of Biggles stories

Post by Kismet » Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:27 pm

Less than twenty years to the books being out of copyright and then they'll be available on Project Gothenburg and so on as fast as someone can scan them in.
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Re: Availability of Biggles stories

Post by alderaanian » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:30 am

Psst... I have some scanned books saved from the old Yahoogroups 15 years ago (I'm not sure which kind soul scanned them in), in .epub and .mobi format. If anyone's interested in them, PM me and I'll find a way to transfer them over to you. (Not an exhaustive list of titles though)

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Re: Availability of Biggles stories

Post by Fairblue » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:45 am

Kismet wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:27 pm
Less than twenty years to the books being out of copyright and then they'll be available on Project Gothenburg and so on as fast as someone can scan them in.
They're out of copyright now in Canada and the USA.
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