Saturday, 22 August 2015

Reblogged from the Independent: Avoiding Amazon? The 5 best [UK] alternatives to the online bookseller giants

This gives a useful set of links to some of the alternative UK sources for online books, and, as it says, you can also walk into a brick and mortar store.

For info, the 'five' names are,,, Blackwells... and then it lists 3 more.  Five... okay, good counting, Independent!

Avoiding Amazon? The 5 best alternatives to the online bookseller giants

Amazon has been the subject of renewed criticism after an expose of its employment practices in the New York Times. In the nearly 6,000 word piece, the newspaper claimed workers in its Pennsylvania warehouse were forced to work in temperatures in the high 30s - with no air conditioning - until a newspaper reported on it.


As a quick check:

Hive, Foyles and The Works don't include any of our books.

Wordery carries the paperback of White Water Landings

BookButler carries all of Jemima's titles in paperback including BookElves, and both hardcover and paperback of White Water Landings

Blackwells carries the six new Princelings paperbacks (to order) and White Water Landings in hardback

Waterstones carries the six new Princelings paperbacks, and reference a blog post, which tags a Jemima Catlin, not Pett!  It lists the hardback of White Water Landings at £29.99 to order (up to 3 weeks, but if most of that is Blurb's turn-round, then you'll probably get it in a week if you're in the UK). It does a Click&Collect service from your local store.

At least this shows that the distribution from Blurb via Ingram is working.

Non-UK customers:  check your main retailers, but remember that BookDepository carries most of the books, and delivers free to most countries.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Advertising: Amazon v Goodreads by Chris McMullen

This excellent and very useful post (first posted 15th August 2015) is reblogged from Chris McMullen by way of the Story Reading Ape.


Since KDP introduced Advertising Marketing Services (AMS) for KDP Select books earlier this year, I’ve placed 50 ads on a variety of nonfiction Kindle e-books.
I’ve also placed over a dozen ads with Goodreads. It’s interesting to compare the two options for advertising e-books.


There are two great things about advertising right on Amazon’s website or on a Kindle device (both are possible with AMS via KDP):
  • Many of the customers who see your ad are already shopping for other books, i.e. they are looking for books to read, they have their wallets out, and they are ready to spend money.
  • Since they are already on Amazon, your ad isn’t interrupting some other activity and trying to persuade customers to leave one site to visit another.
Read the whole post...

Monday, 17 August 2015

White Water Landings will launch at B&N and Apple on 1st September

Now that White Water Landings has completed its stint on the Kindle exclusive option, we're readying it for another launch - as an epub file for Nook, Kobo and iPad.  Its ISBN is 978-1-31-118888-5

You can pre-order it at Smashwords already, and also available to pre-order as a NOOK Book at B&N, and iTunes where it is on special offer.

The standard price is $4.99, but there's a half-price offer on Smashwords until 8th September, using code LV58Q.

The romance of pre-war air travel meets the romance of a man and a woman kept apart by war in this memoir of a young man and his career in Africa with Imperial Airways.
White Water Landings - views of the Imperial Airways Africa service from the ground - covers intriguing details of the Empire Flying Boat service - from the commissioning of the plane Centaurus to the indiscretions of the passengers, from the dangers of a herd of buffalo at night to the bravery of exiles waiting for transfer via Khartoum and Lagos up to London.

Also available for kindle, in paperback and as a hardcover book.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Jemima chooses ten MG book series on Mother Daughter Book Reviews

It's a day for Jemima to write about her love of book series and select her top Middle Grade book series for the entertainment of the many followers of Renee at Mother Daughter Book Reviews today.

Not surprisingly, Jemima chooses many of her fellow BookElves to highlight in this list.  She also gives a mention of the next BookElves Anthology, due out in November, and invites people to 'Like' the BookElves Facebook page.