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This FAQ consists of the following sections:

0.  Before we begin...
1.  Where and how do I buy Terry Pratchett novels and audio/video tapes?
2.  Where and how do I buy Clarecraft Discworld figurines?
3.  Where and how do I buy Discworld clothing and jewellery?
4.  Where and how do I buy Discworld CD's and CD-ROM games?
5.  Where and how do I buy other Discworld paraphernalia?
6.  Where and how do I join commercial fan activity?
7.  Where and how do I get things for free?
8.  FAQ Maintainer's disclaimer.

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0.  Before we begin...
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    Many of the URLs given in this document indicate files available for
    downloading from the Terry Pratchett Archives at ftp.lspace.org. If you
    are not familiar with the Archives, read the alt.fan.pratchett
    Mini-FAQ.

    Where appropriate, I'm giving URLs to both the FTP and the WWW versions
    of the resources mentioned.

    You will probably be doing yourself a favour if you read the Pratchett
    Newsgroups Mini-FAQ, the Terry Pratchett FAQ and the Terry Pratchett
    Bibliography as companion documents to this FAQ.

    <ftp://ftp.lspace.org/pub/pratchett/faqs/mini-faq>
    <ftp://ftp.lspace.org/pub/pratchett/faqs/afp-faq>
    <ftp://ftp.lspace.org/pub/pratchett/faqs/bibliography>

    <http://www.lspace.org/faqs/mini-faq.g.html>
    <http://www.lspace.org/faqs/afp-faq.g.html>
    <http://www.lspace.org/faqs/bibliography.g.html>

    The most recent copy of this FAQ is always available from the Pratchett
    Archives, or (together with many, many other FAQs) from the
    news.answers anonymous FTP site rtfm.mit.edu. If you can't do or don't
    know about FTP, just send an e-mail message to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu
    containing the word "help" in the body of the message.

    <ftp://ftp.lspace.org/pub/pratchett/faqs/merchandise-faq>
    <ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/pratchett/merchandise-faq>

    <http://www.lspace.org/faqs/merchandise-faq.g.html>



1.  Where and how do I buy Terry Pratchett novels and audio/video tapes?
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    In the UK and in most of Western Europe, Terry Pratchett's entire
    oeuvre is readily available from the bookshops. Even if it isn't,
    ordering is generally not a problem.

    However, Terry's novels (especially the recently released and earliest
    ones and the ever-elusive _Eric_) are not so easily available in the
    USA, thanks to braindead publishers, and bookshops that apparently do
    not consider it part of their job to order books for their customers.

    For a list of titles and ISBN numbers of all Terry's novels (including
    info on the places his short stories have appeared), read the
    Bibliography:

    <ftp://ftp.lspace.org/pub/pratchett/faqs/bibliography>
    <http://www.lspace.org/faqs/bibliography.g.html>

    With the advent of the World Wide Web, several on-line bookstores have
    become available. The following look like winners in the Terry
    Pratchett department to me.



    o   Interstellar Master Traders.

        I.M.T. is Lancaster's specialist science fiction, fantasy & horror
        book and role-playing games shop, obtaining books in other areas to
        order. They sell all of the Terry books (including - subject to
        availability - the first editions and US hardcovers), the audio
        cassettes, Discworld GURPS, Josh Kirby artbooks, Discworld diaries,
        maps and calendars, Paul Kidby's colour and mono Discworld cards
        and many other items connected to Terry. I.M.T. will ship abroad;
        they have an American agent who accepts USD checks on their behalf,
        which avoids customers having to pay conversion charges on top of
        the exchange rate current at any time.

        Address:    Interstellar Master Traders
                    	33 North Road
                    	Lancaster 
                    	LA1 1NS
                    	UK
        Tel:        	+44 (0)1524 382181
        Fax:        	Available on request
        E-mail:     	i-m-t@i-m-t.demon.co.uk


    o   Amazon.

        Amazon, the on-line bookstore, seems to be pretty comprehensive in
        their listing of Pratchett merchandise. The American branch
        <URL:http://www.amazon.com/> sells the "Wyrd Sisters" video for USD
        34.95 and DVD for USD 35.99, the "From the Discworld" CD for USD
        17.97 and most of the Pratchett books, including the more recently
        released editions.

        The UK branch <URL:http://www.amazon.co.uk/> sells all of the
        Pratchett books, the audio cassettes, plays, maps and foreign
        language editions. A more recent addition to the available items
        are videos, including the "Soul Music" and "Wyrd Sisters" box sets
        (UKP 17.99 each) and the "Wyrd Sisters" DVD for UKP 16.99.


    o   Visually impaired information.

        Information about Pratchett novels for visually impaired fans
        can be found at The Audio Web:

                    <http://www.chloe.karoo.net/>


    o   The Discworld animation video tapes.

        In 1997, animated versions of _Soul Music_ and _Wyrd Sisters_ were
        produced by Cosgrove Hall for Channel 4 television.

        Both "Soul Music" and "Wyrd Sisters" have been shown on British
        television (and Australian?), but they are also both available on
        video from Polygram, who have taken over from the previous
        suppliers, Astrion.

        The videos cost UKP 14.99 (plus postage and packing outside Europe)
        and are available throughout the UK from all good video stockists
        and selected book stockists - for example, see 'Amazon' above.

        American fans can buy the "Wyrd Sisters" three-volume VHS boxed set
        or the DVD from Acorn Media Publishing for USD 39.95.

        Tel:        	1-800-999-0212
        E-mail:     	<info@acornmedia.com>

        Acorn Media's on-line catalog <URL:http://www.acornmedia.com/>
        lists the "Wyrd Sisters" boxed set and DVD, but not "Soul Music".


    o   The Discworld animation DVDs.

        "Wyrd Sisters" was released on DVD at the end of March 2000, and is
        available from Amazon and Acorn Media (see above). Exclusive extras
        include a short test film made by Cosgrove Hall, a Pratchett bio,
        Discworld book list, character bios and images, and storyboards
        from the production, with hand-drawn images, directions and text
        notes, all linked to the scenes they represent so you can compare
        them.

        As for "Soul Music", Acorn Media currently plans to release it in
        2001, when it is likely (though not guaranteed) that both the VHS
        and DVD versions will be made available.


    o   The "Truckers" video tape.

        Made by Cosgrove Hall, this television show (telling the story of
        the first book of the Nomes trilogy) was a big success but was,
        unfortunately, unavailable on video for a long time. Now it has
        been re-released by VCI.

        Address:    VCI plc
                    	76 Dean Street
                    	London
                    	W1V 5HB
                    	England
        Tel:        	+44 (0)207 396 8888
        Fax:        	+44 (0)207 396 8889
        Web:        	<http://www.vci.co.uk/>

        The video -- product code TV8159 -- runs 110 minutes, costs UKP
        9.99 (excluding shipping), and is in PAL format. It can be
        ordered online from <http://www.amazon.co.uk/>.


    o   The Discworld audio tapes.

        Corgi audio is releasing audio cassette versions of the Discworld
        books, narrated by Tony "Baldrick" Robinson. These are abridged
        versions, running time approximately three hours.

        Isis Audio Books is releasing unabridged (and more expensive)
        versions. Some were narrated by Nigel "Neil from the Young Ones"
        Planer, _The Truth_ and _The Fifth Elephant_ by Stephen Briggs, and
        _Equal Rites_ and _Wyrd Sisters_ by Celia Imrie. You can order by
        snail-mail or on their Web site (where audio versions of some
        Discworld novels are available in mp3 format and on CD).

        Address:    Isis Audio Books
                    	Isis Publishing Ltd
                    	7 Centremead
                    	Osney Mead
                    	Oxford OX2 0ES
                    	UK
        Tel:        	01865 250 333
        Fax:        	01865 790 358
        Web:        <http://www.isis-publishing.co.uk/>
        E-mail:     	sales@isis-publishing.co.uk

        Most of the mail-order bookstores should be able to order these
        audio versions for you just as easily as the books themselves, or
        you can visit the Internet Talking Bookshop which sells both the
        Corgi and the Isis audio tapes.

                    <http://www.goodreading.co.uk/audio/main.html>



2.  Where and how do I buy Clarecraft Discworld figurines?
----------------------------------------------------------

    For years Clarecraft has been producing handmade Discworld figurines.
    These are extremely popular, and are very accurate representations of
    the Discworld characters. Terry himself is a regular customer, and had
    this to say about them: "I like the Clarecraft figures. They're made by
    people who read the books very carefully and then sculpt what they see
    on the inside of their eyelids. They don't always get it exactly right
    (no-one could), but they get it wrong a lot better than anyone else
    would."

    The Clarecraft Collectors' Guild Web pages feature an on-line catalogue
    and high-quality pictures of all their figurines.

                <http://www.clarecraft.co.uk/>

    Clarecraft no longer sell direct to the public, apart from a few 
    *specials", however they can be purchased via:

		<http://www.collectorsgifts.com/>
  Address:		   Collectors Gifts
			   Unit 1
			   Newlands
			   Otley Road
			   Grundisburgh
			   Woodbridge
			   Suffolk
			   IP13 6RY
   
Answerphone: 	+44 (0)1538 388333
Fax: 			+44 (0)1538 388333
Email: 		info@collectorsgifts.com 

    Non-UK fans can order figures direct from the site. There are secure
    facilities to use, and there are things on the site that you can't buy
    in the shops.

    As well as the figurines, Clarecraft also sells posters, keyrings,
    pictures, rings, tee-shirts and mouse mats. Details are available on
    their Web site.



3.  Where and how do I buy Discworld clothing and jewellery?
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    o   Stephen Briggs.

        Stephen "Cut-Me-Own-Throat" Briggs, aka CMOT Briggs, known for his
        Discworld stage adaptations and his co-authorship with Terry of
        _The Discworld Companion_, _Nanny's Ogg's Cookbook_, _The Streets
        of Ankh-Morpork_, _The Discworld Mapp_, _A Tourist's Guide To
        Lancre_ and _Death's Domain_ has also been responsible for
        supplying the alt.fan.pratchett readership with certain items of
        very popular Discworld merchandise -- if somebody on the newsgroup
        mentions T-shirts, these are the ones they probably mean. Stephen
        will send his products abroad, with an increased P&P cost (all
        payments in pounds sterling, EuroCheques no longer accepted).

        Stephen will soon have his own Website. It is not available yet,
        but the address will be:

              <http://www.cmotdibbler.com/>

        CMOT's postal address is:

              Stephen Briggs, 
              PO Box 147, 
              Oxford, 
              OX2 8YT, 
              UK

        Or you can e-mail him for a full list at <sbriggs@cix.co.uk>.


    o   T-shirts.

        There are quite a few other T-shirts available, such as promotional
        shirts by Gollancz, Clarecraft, the Conventions, etc. Most can be
        found by visiting the various Discworld merchants merchants
        mentioned in this FAQ.



4.  Where and how do I buy Discworld CDs and CD-ROM games?
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    Here are some other 'multimedia' items that are directly related to the
    Discworld/Pratchett universe:

    o   The "Discworld" CD-ROM games by Perfect Entertainment/Psygnosis.

        There are now three Discworld CD-ROM games. The first one is
        called "Discworld", and is available for PC, Macintosh, Sony
        Playstation and Saturn.

        The second one (generally regarded as the easiest of the three as
        the puzzles can usually be solved simply by having a good knowledge
        of the Discworld books) was released as "Discworld 2: Missing,
        presumed...?" in the UK, and "Discworld 2: Mortality Bytes" in the
        USA (no, I don't know why either), and is available for PC and Sony
        Playstation.

        The third game, "Discworld Noir", which has now been released is
        in the style of 'film noir' and features new characters and
        storylines.

        These games should be available from most major mail-order houses,
        on-line Web sites, and normal computer stores.

        For more information on these games (including the walkthroughs)
        consult the game FAQ or the games pages on L-Space Web:

        <ftp://ftp.lspace.org/pub/pratchett/faqs/discworld-game-faq>
        <http://www.lspace.org/games/discworld/>


    o   The "From The Discworld" CD by Dave Greenslade.

        I know of two places on the Internet that carry this CD.

        --  The first source is an American-based outfit called "Compact
            Disc Europe".

            The CD costs USD 22.95 without shipping, and the catalogue
            number is E9451.

            Web:       <http://www.cdeurope.com/>
            E-mail:     sales@cdeurope.com

        --  The second source for the Discworld CD is the UK-based mail
            order company "Cheap or What! CDs" (formerly: PastelBlue).
            Here, the CD costs UKP 9.50, and the catalogue number is
            EMI-CDV2738 CD.

            They can be reached at:

            Web:       <http://www.cow.co.uk/>
            E-mail:     help@cow.co.uk


    o   The "Soul Music" soundtrack to the Channel 4 animated series.

        Meanwhile, this CD featuring extended versions of all the songs is
        distributed to the shops through the normal channels, but in a
        pinch you can buy it directly for UKP 13.99 (plus UKP 1.50 p&p)
        from:

        Address:     Pluto Music Limited
                     	FREEPOST NWW 15259
                     	Tarporley 
                     	CW6 9DJ
                     	UK
        Web:         <http://www.plutomusic.com/>
        E-mail:      	keith@pluto.prestel.co.uk.

        The Pluto Music Website used to contain audio clips of the album:
        the site is currently not available, but it will apparently be
        relaunched in March 2001.

        The album is also stocked by CD Zone <http://www.cdzone.co.uk/>, who
        sell it at UKP 12.49. The catalogue number is TH30746.



5.  Where and how do I buy other Discworld paraphernalia?
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    There are numerous other organisations who also produce Discworld
    merchandise. I shall attempt to list them all here, but there is a high
    chance that I have missed some out. If this is the case, then *please*
    e-mail me with the details of those which I have missed. Anyone wishing
    to produce Discworld merchandise may only do so with the permission of
    Terry or his agent, Colin Smythe.

    o   Architecture, plates.

        Isobel and Bernard Pearson (formerly of Clarecraft) run a company
        called Pearson Waxworks: they now sell Discworld architecture and
        plates, and intend to add to their range in the near future.

        For a free brochure, just send them your postal address. Also,
        they now have new premises where you can browse their products at
        leisure. Their Emporium also stocks all the books and many other
        Discworld products including Clarecraft and CMOT Briggs ranges.

        Address:    The Cunning Artificer's Discworld Emporium
                    	41 The High Street
                    	Wincanton
                    	Somerset 
                    	BA9 9JU
                    	UK
        Tel:        	+44 (0)1963 824686
        Web:        <http://www.artificer.co.uk/>
        E-mail:     	bernard@cunningartificer.demon.co.uk


    o   Badges, keyrings, door plaques.

        These are plastic laminated items featuring phrases and sayings
        borrowed from or inspired by the Discworld. If you send these guys
        an SAE they'll send you a catalogue.

        Address:     P & J Von Der Fecht
                    	24 Holly Court
                    	Chester Rd
                    	Helsby
                    	Cheshire WA6 0PH
                    	UK
                
        
        
    o	Discworld Beer
     
	BursarVixen Enterprises (BVE) is the purveyor of Discworld Beers, among them 
	Ridcully's Revenge and Old Kingdom (a Djelibeybian brew). You can also buy 
	other Discworld merchandise from them such as mugs featuring Kidby images, 
	and t-shirts bearing Josh Kirby's cover artwork. Future plans include 
	producing a genuine Scumble!

	Address: 	BVE, 
			PO Box 2002, 	
			Romford 
			RM7 7DQ, 
			UK
	Tel/Fax: 	+44 (0)709 226 4571
	Web: 	<http://www.bursarvixen.com/>
	Email: 	info@bursarvixen.com

    o   Buttons.

        Snapdragon Gifts is a small Californian family firm, specializing
        in fannish gifts. They have been given permission by Terry to
        produce a line of buttons with quotes from the Discworld novels on
        them. 10% of all the profits from these particular buttons will be
        given to the Orangutan Foundation.

        Address:    Snapdragon Gifts
                    	615 Malarin Avenue
                    	Santa Clara CA 95050-6958
                    	USA
        Tel:        	+1 408 615 9830  (9:00am - 7:00pm)
        Fax:        	+1 408 615 9831
        Web:        	<http://www.snapdragongifts.com/>
        E-mail:     	info@snapdragongifts.com


    o   Cross-stitch kits.

        These are embroidery kits of, at present, eighteen different Josh
        Kirby/Stephen Briggs & Paul Kidby graphics, including all the Coats
        of Arms. Most kits vary between 7 & 25 UKP. For more information
        contact Julia Froggatt at:

        Address:    Lyndisfarne
                    	Quarry Lane
                    	Kelsall
                    	Nr Tarporley
                    	Cheshire
                    	CW6 0NJ
                    	UK
        Phone:      +44 01829 752686
        Web:        <http://www.lyndisfarne.com/>
        E-mail:     	julia@lyndisfarne.demon.co.uk


    o   Discworld Convention Merchandise.

        The Discworld Convention has many high-quality items of Discworld
        merchandise for sale. Their range of products includes various
        T-shirts, posters and birthday cards.

        Web:        	<http://www.dwcon.org/>
        E-mail:     	info@dwcon.org


    o   Discworld GURPS.

        There is a Discworld version of the popular GURPS, owned by Steve
        Jackson Games. More information can be found at:

        	<http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/Discworld/>


    o   Doll's House.

        I have recently heard that the latest pieces of merchandise
        available are doll's houses fashioned to look like buildings from
        the Discworld. They are made by a company called Dream House and
        each _general_ design is approved by Terry Pratchett (but it is
        the company themselves who work out the finer details). Each one
        is hand made, and due to the length of time taken to produce
        them, they cost UKP 799.

        The Website is not yet available, but Dream House can be reached
        by e-mail: Dream.House@tesco.net


    o   Jigsaw puzzles.

        In 1995 jigsaw puzzles became available, featuring Josh Kirby
        Discworld drawings. These have all gone out of print, and are
        no longer being made, so any that turn up are likely to be
        pretty valuable.

        However, in early 2000 Gibsons produced two new Discworld jigsaws
        in conjunction with Colin Smythe.  These feature the full prints of
        Josh Kirby's "Carpe Jugulum" and "Maskerade", and are puzzles of
        1,000 pieces. These are available from good retailers such as
        WHSmith. They can also be purchased online for UKP 9.75 each from
        Mail Order Express:

        Web:        <http://www.mailorderexpress.com/>
        Tel:        	08700 129090


    o   Paul Kidby prints.

        PJSM Prints sells various prints and Hogswatch cards by Paul Kidby,
        who started his Discworld involvement with _The Pratchett
        Portfolio_ and has since gone on to do many other projects with
        Terry and Stephen Briggs. Prints and original artwork are available
        from their Website.

        Address:    PJSM Prints
                    	PO Box 1770
                    	Salisbury
                    	Wiltshire
                    	SP5 5SS
                    	UK
        Tel:        	+44 (0)1722 780939
        URL:        	<http://www.paulkidby.com/>
        E-mail:     	sales@paulkidby.com



6.  Where and how do I join commercial fan activity?
----------------------------------------------------

    There are two ongoing UK-based fan efforts pertaining to Terry
    Pratchett and his works.

    o   The Fan Club -- "The Guild of Fans and Disciples"

        "The Guild of Fans and Disciples" is the unofficial fan club of
        Terry Pratchett and Josh Kirby. It is run on a non profit-making
        basis by a group of fans who produce a bi-monthly newsletter
        containing reviews, letters, articles and, of course, the latest
        news. Terry has no direct involvement in the club, but does supply
        them with news and quotes and even makes the occasional appearance in
        the letters page.

        The cost of one years membership (6 issues of "Ramtop to Rimfall")
        is (in pounds sterling):

               10.00 in the UK
               13.00 in the rest of Europe
               15.00 in USA, Canada and Africa
               16.00 in the rest of the world

        There are GOFAD representatives in Germany, USA & Canada, New
        Zealand, and Australia, who can take membership fees in local
        currency - details available on the Web site.

        Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to "The Guild of
        Fans and Disciples". Membership payments can also be made on-line via
        a secure service provided by Clarecraft.

        Address:    The Guild of Fans and Disciples (I/N)
                    	PO Box 42
                    	Bramhall
                    	SK7 1FP
                    	UK
        E-mail:     	Phil Penney (philpenney@bigfoot.com)
        URL:        	<http://www.geocities.com/Area51/1777/>


    o   Octarine

        The Science Fiction & Fantasy Humour Appreciation Society.  Terry
        Pratchett and Robert Rankin are honorary members, and they have
        their own quarterly magazine, "Tales From The Broken Drum".
        Membership rates are 5 pounds per year in the UK and 8 pounds for
        the rest of the world. You can also buy Discworld T-shirts from
        them.

        Address:    Octarine
                    	12 Thorne Road
                    	Nether Edge
                    	Sheffield 
                    	S7 1RG
                    	UK
        Web:        <http://www.asmodeus.free-online.co.uk/>



7.  What can I get for free?
----------------------------

    o   Pratchett Archives

        As you may have gathered by now, the Internet also has lots of
        Terry Pratchett resources available for free, to be found mostly
        at the Pratchett Archives, its mirror sites and its WWW interfaces.
        For more information, read the mini-FAQ mentioned earlier:

              <ftp://ftp.lspace.org/pub/pratchett/faqs/mini-faq>
              <http://www.lspace.org/faqs/mini-faq.g.html>


    o   Discworld Monthly

        There is also a free on-line Discworld magazine, called "Discworld
        Monthly"; for information on subscription, and past editions, visit
        their Website at:

              <http://www.ufbs.co.uk/dwm/>


    o   Wossname

        This is another free Discworld newsletter available online or by
        e-mail; it is more aimed at the North American fan and can be found
        at:

              <http://welcome.to/wossname>



8.  FAQ Maintainer's disclaimer.
--------------------------------

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    Although I'm fairly sure they're all nice people, for all I know they
    *may* turn out to be incompetents, crooks, cut-throats, robbers, and
    axe-murderers whose only goal in life is to separate you from your
    money. Please don't blame me if Things Go Wrong. Thanks.

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