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I was just wondering, to add stuff into your distro, do you have to let the zinester know? Or if you have read a zine that you liked a lot, can you just buy a whole lot of it and stock to be distroed? Or can you distro zines you got from trades?
I guess since distroes kind of "filter" zines they stock (i.e. zines that coincide with their distro's vision, theme, etc), is it possible that there are certain zinesters that choose particularly which sorts of distros they want to carry their zines? or maybe zinesters want control over who carry their work?
CLARIFICATION: this isn't a discussion about copyright and/or having your zine illegally photocopied. :) just saying.
The zinester usually sends the zine over to you and you determine whether or not you carry it on your distro. They have a wholesale/retail price and then you buy your copies accordingly. If you find a zine that you are interested in, simply just contact the writer and then work something out.
I find that a submission guideline for the distro works wonders so the person can know whether or not their zine fits into your distro's theme. Of course, there are those people that don't read those guidelines and you end up with a zine that you don't want to carry, at that point, I usually just donate the zine to a zine library or give it to a friend that might be interested in it.
well i understand the whole thing about disto guidelines for submissions as that is usually how it goes. but are there rare instances where a distro carries zines they didnt directly get from the zinester? i.e. when distros exchange stock, mass trades, or if a closing distro sell their stock in bulk.
i guess i was just wondering if the zinesters like knowing where their zines go, who stocks them, or full control over their zines.
If a zinester sells their zine through wholesalers you can presume that they don't really mind who ends up selling it.
I think it's completely wrong to distro zines when you don't have 'permission' to do so (except in the above example or if it explicitly states in the zine that you can copy and distribute).
Two main reasons spring to mind:
1) Many zinester do like to know where their zines are being sold (for numerous reasons... I've been asked not to sell certain zines to certain people for example, which is only a possibility if zinesters maintain some control over where their zines are sold).
2) Some zinesters would not want to be stocked in a distro with a bad reputation... as it looks as though they have agreed to be stocked there.
i dont mind who ends up with my zine- i wouldnt even mind if someone photocopied it for a friend (as long as its a one off and not en masse) However, personally, I wouldnt like to trade zines with someone and then find out they are selling that zine that ive traded for their own profit - especially whilst its available to buy from me. Mostly this is because usually I lose a lot of money on trades, and barely even break even with sales, so if someone else has made £s from my zine whereas i have LOST money, i would be a little disappointed. However, I wouldnt mind if my zine was put into unwanted trade zine grab-bag trades...