Well, finally the book about the Leica D-Lux 5 digital camera has progressed from “Unavailable” to “Temporarily Out of Stock” to actually being available, and shipping within 1 to 4 weeks at Amazon.co.uk. It has taken several weeks for the system to move forward to this point, but it’s an encouraging sign. There are still some third-party sellers offering the book on that site (including me), but now it’s good to know that Amazon itself has the book readily available through the print-on-demand process. The next step now will be for the book to be kept physically in stock, so it can be shipped for next-day delivery in the U.K. That process will probably take several more weeks, and it may depend on how well the book sells.
Anyway, it’s good news that the Leica D-Lux 5 book is now more readily available to purchasers in the U.K. and Europe. Here is a link to the listing for the book at Amazon.co.uk, for anyone who would like to check it out, or purchase a copy.
As I’ve mentioned a few times before, it seems to take quite a while for print-on-demand books like mine, which originate in the United States, to become fully available at Amazon’s site in the United Kingdom, amazon.co.uk. The book about the Leica D-Lux 5 camera is a case in point. It was published in the first half of December, but until now it has been listed as “unavailable” from Amazon in the UK, though I and a few other sellers have been selling it there as third-party sellers. Now, today, it looks as if the D-Lux 5 book will soon be available directly from Amazon in the UK. Today the book was listed there as “Temporarily Unavailable,” but the listing says that you can order the book, and Amazon will ship it when it’s available. That is progress, though I imagine it could take a while for your order to ship. The other books, including the Panasonic Lumix LX5 book, have recently been available for direct shipping, including overnight shipping, and eventually I hope the D-Lux 5 book will be readily available in the same way. For now, I still have a few copies for sale, and so do some other third-party sellers.
The book about the Panasonic Lumix LX5 camera first became available last November, and it fairly quickly became available through Amazon.com in the U.S., but it takes a long time for new print-on-demand books, like this one, to become fully available on the site of Amazon.co.uk. Now, finally, for the first time I have seen the book listed as “In Stock” on the UK site, with the option of express shipping, meaning they are actually stocking the book. Before now, Amazon was listing shipment times in the range of 1 to 3 weeks, with some variations. I was very glad to see that buyers in the UK and Europe can now get the book shipped to them quickly. Here is a link to the book’s product page at Amazon.co.uk.
Now, I will watch to see when and if the Leica D-Lux 5 book starts being “In Stock” at Amazon.co.uk.
A few weeks ago I submitted my application to Apple Computer to become a provider of books in the iBooks store for the Apple iPad. I wasn’t sure how that process would work out, because I had heard that it could be difficult to get approved as an individual publisher. So I was somewhat surprised when, a week or two after I applied, I received an e-mail saying my application had been approved. I then had to complete a contract and submit a good deal of information about my business and my publishing plans. I was then able to submit the one book I have in the proper format as of now (ePub), the book about the Panasonic Lumix LX5 camera. I submitted the ePub file two weeks ago, and never heard back from Apple about the status. But I kept checking, and today, for the first time, I found the book in the iBooks store on my iPad!
I don’t think there’s any way for me to provide a link to the book from this blog or web site; if anyone knows of a way, please let me know. So, if you have an iPad and are interested in the Lumix LX5 book, go to the iBooks app on your iPad and search the iBooks store for Lumix LX5, or some other words from the title. You will find the book there and ready to download. Of course, you can also buy the PDF version of that book from this site, which will load very nicely on your iPad as a PDF file, rather than as an iBook. But now you have the option, if you prefer having the book in the actual iBook format.
Ever since Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX5 was published a few months ago, Amazon.com has sold it for its full list price of $24.95. Today, for the first time, Amazon is selling it for a discounted price of $22.45, after I pointed out to Amazon that Barnes & Noble’s online price was $22.45. (Amazon has a link for “Tell Us About a Lower Price” that lets you report prices from other sites.) In the past, a year or so ago, Amazon was selling my books at a discounted price of $19.95, but they don’t seem to do that anymore. I’m hoping that having the LX5 book available at a discounted price may help it start selling more copies.
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As I’ve said earlier, it can be difficult to make my print-on-demand books available to potential purchasers in the United Kingdom and Europe. Even though I have signed up with my print-on-demand company, Lightning Source, to distribute the book through Amazon.co.uk, it takes a long time for the book to be listed as “In Stock” there. In the meantime, I have to rely on third-party sellers to sell the book through Amazon.co.uk. As of now, there is (besides me) only one such seller, who is charging a fairly high price. So, I have signed up as a seller myself and am selling the D-Lux 5 book through Amazon.co.uk, as White Knight Press. I now have a good number of books in stock and ready to ship within one business day. The advantage for buyers is that I can only charge the domestic shipping rate, which is 2.80 pounds as of now, even though I am shipping the books from the United States. Of course, the shipments take a while, but so far the books have been taking about a week or less to arrive in the UK. If anyone wants to order a paperback copy of the D-Lux 5 book in the UK, here is the link to the ordering page at Amazon.co.uk. If you want more information about the book, see the D-Lux 5 page on this site.
The book about the Leica D-Lux 5 camera is in stock at Amazon.com in the US, but, as I noted recently, it is not yet in the regular stock at Amazon.co.uk, so potential buyers of this book in the UK and Europe have had to rely on third-party sellers using Amazon Marketplace. I have sold several books that way, but I ran out, and won’t have more books available for several more days. In the meantime, or at any time, actually, you can get the book from Camerabooks.com, an excellent online business located in Oregon. They specialize in photography books of all sorts, and I recently sent them a shipment of the Leica D-Lux 5 book. They are very experienced with international orders, and will ship the book anywhere quickly, with very reasonable shipping charges. So, if you are having any difficulty locating this book (or any other photography-related book), give them a try. Here is a link to their ordering page for the D-Lux 5 book.
It takes quite a while for a new print-on-demand book, like my book about the Leica D-Lux 5 camera, to become continuously available through Amazon.co.uk, the United Kingdom site for Amazon. Over the past few weeks I have tried to keep the book available there by signing up as a third-party seller through Amazon Marketplace on the UK site, and shipping the books directly from here in the US to buyers in the UK and Europe. This system has worked fairly well, but now I have run out of books again. I have re-ordered from the printer, but my new supply of books won’t arrive until later in the coming week, and I won’t list them as available for sale on Amazon until I actually have them here.
I was hoping some other sellers would pick up the slack and start selling the D-Lux 5 book on Amazon.co.uk. As of now, there are two other sellers, but their prices are a bit high. One of the sellers lists the book as Used for some reason, though, if you look at the details of the listing, the book is described as brand new. So, there are options to purchase the book now, and I will be listing books directly on that site as soon as they arrive from the printer.
Here is a link to the book’s listing at Amazon.co.uk.