Bookstore News

After a fair amount of messing around while Amazon tried to ensure I had the right to publish the material, the two Ben Jeapes books I released before Eastercon are now available on Amazon. What’s more, those of you who prefer to pay in Euros can get them from the new Amazon.de Kindle store. Of course Ben and I get a lot more money if you buy direct from Wizard’s Tower, but I understand the convenience and currency issues.

We also have one book on a massive sale. ChiZine are trying the 99c experiment with Simon Logan’s Katja from the Punk Band, so from us you can get it for £0.59 instead of £6.95.

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13 Responses to Bookstore News

  1. odo says:

    I think amazon.de only sells ebooks to German citizens. At least that’s the message I got when I tried to make a purchase :(

    • Cheryl says:

      Are you sure? German residents I could understand, or rather people buying from a German IP address, but German citizens seems bizarre.

      • odo says:

        English is not my first language and it is a bit difficult for me making the distinction. Sorry if I used the wrong word. I meant people with a German billing address (and buying from a German IP, I suppose).

        In any case, the message I got was in German and was:

        “Dieser Titel ist für Kunden aus Ihrem Land nicht verfügbar”

        According to Google Translate this is:

        “This title is not available for customers from your country”

        • Cheryl says:

          Thank you! That makes much more sense.

          In English the phrase “German resident” means anyone living in Germany, regardless of their nationality. The phrase “German citizen” means someone whose nationality is German, regardless of where they live. Automated translation software often gets such fine distinctions wrong.

  2. James Davis Nicoll says:

    May I quote this in full?

  3. Susan Loyal says:

    May I just say that it’s always a pleasure to read an ebook that you’ve produced? The formating is always so clean and readable. (And that’s on Kindle. I know you prefer epub, so that must truly rock.)

    • Cheryl says:

      That’s because a) I don’t use auto-converters, b) I have years of experience of HTML, and c) I proof-read. I’m also not perfect. Kevin caught a bunch of formatting errors in HMSS that we fixed very quickly.

      With novels epub doesn’t make much difference, but Salon Futura is markedly better in epub than mobi.

  4. Eimear Ní Mhéalóid says:

    Just looking at the Wizard’s Tower site, it doesn’t seem to be possible to browse the novels by author (rather than by title, or popularity, or whatever). Is this likely to change?

    • Cheryl says:

      Excellent question. The answer is that the store software I am using, while having many fine qualities, is not specifically tailored to selling books and therefore doesn’t do all of the things I would like. I am planning to spend some time looking at alternative packages over the next few months, and additional categorization abilities are high on my list of requirements. However, I can’t promise that I’ll find a package that fits the bill.

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