Book News: The tête-bêche format returns

by William Meikle
(Catalina, Newfoundland, Canada)

Book News: The tête-bêche format returns

One of my earlest forays on my own into a second-hand bookstore, sometime around 1968 I guess, resulted in me finding an ACE double, a book you read both ways up, one short novel each way. The 1st one I got had John Brunner one way and Samuel Delaney the other -- my first introduction to two writers who are still among my favorites. Over my teenage years the ACE double series introduced me to many other writers, people like Jack Vance, H Beam Piper, Fritz Lieber and a youngster who went by Dean R Koontz. I have a lot of reading to thank them for.

That's one of the reasons it gives me great delight to see two of my novels appear in the same format. Generation Next Publications have announced the launch of a new print imprint, FLIPIT.

FLIPIT books will each contain two novels printed in the Flip Book format made popular in those ACE DOUBLES of yesteryear. Each book will be printed upside down in relationship to each other. Finish one book and FLIPIT over to read the other.

The first FLIPIT book will contain the novels The Invasion and The Valley by William Meikle. Both novels are digital best-sellers and have graced the top 2 on the best-sellers list in their respective categories on Amazon.

Contact Stephen James Price at for more information.

Copy of the full press release here:

"If the Holy Bible was printed as an Ace Double", an editor once remarked, "it would be cut down to two 20,000-word halves with the Old Testament retitled as ‘Master of Chaos’ and the New Testament as ‘The Thing With Three Souls.’" – Charles McGrath, New York Times, May 6, 2007

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