Monthly Archives: April 2012

Fujifilm X10 Book is Now Available for Kindle at Amazon.com

I just received a message from Amazon.com advising me that they have approved the file I uploaded yesterday for Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm X10, and the book is now available for purchase as a download from Amazon for the Kindle.  Here is a link to the Kindle book’s product listing page.  You also can use the button below, which will take you directly to the product page at Amazon:

The Fujifilm X10 book will eventually be available for Kindle in the U.K. and other areas, though it may take a while for it to show up in various locations.

The Kindle edition has the same content as the other editions, but it has been formatted by a very experienced team that has done most of my other books, and they do an excellent job of producing the Table of Contents, the Index with links to discussions in the text, and other features of a Kindle book.  The photographs show up in full color on the Kindle Fire and on other devices with color screens, such as a computer running one of the Kindle reader applications.

Fujifilm X10 Book is Available Now from Barnes & Noble Online

As I noted earlier, the paperback version of Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm X10, for some unexplained reason, is not currently in stock for direct shipment by Amazon.com.  It is still available from some third-party sellers, but not from me; my copies sold out a little while ago.  I have ordered more, and will have those available sometime next week.

In the meantime, the paperback book is now available online from Barnes & Noble, at www.bn.com.  Here is a link to the book’s product page at bn.com.  The web site says the book should ship within 24 hours, though I haven’t tested to be sure.  But, at least the book is available there.  I have checked with Lightning Source, the printing company that supplies books to Amazon, and they have looked into the situation, but there is no clear answer yet.  I will post more information here once the paperback book becomes available again for direct shipment from Amazon.

The Kindle edition has not shown up at Amazon yet as I write this, but it should appear soon.

Fujfilm X10 Book is Now Available for Barnes & Noble Nook

As of today, Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm X10 is available for the Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader.  The book costs $9.99 to download from Barnes & Noble; here is a link to its listing on the main BN web site.  The Nook edition has all of the same content as the print version of the book, and almost all of the photographs are in color, if you read the book on a color Nook.

The book should be available soon for Kindle and iPad; I have uploaded the files to Amazon and Apple, but their sites are taking a bit longer to make the book available for purchase.  I will post the information once those versions are available.

The Problem with White Discs or Orbs with the Fujfilm X10 Appears to be Fixed

There appears to be some very good news for owners or prospective owners of the Fujifilm X10 camera.  Ever since the camera was released, many users have lamented the existence of ugly white discs, often called “orbs,” that show up in some images taken by the X10.  I have only encountered them personally once or twice; they tend to show up when there are bright lights in a scene; the camera’s sensor somehow causes what should be normal-sized highlights to morph into extra-large white discs with unnaturally hard edges.  Here is one example, which also appears in Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm X10:

On March 12, Fujifilm announced that it was developing a modified version of the X10’s image sensor and that it would provide free replacements of the sensors in affected cameras. Today, dpreview.com, a very well-respected site for digital photography reviews and tests, posted an article saying that they had received a camera with the new sensor. They posted sample images which appear to show that the problem has been fixed. Of course, it is early to conclude that the problem is completely resolved, but the preliminary results at dpreview.com looked excellent, and it now seems as if the X10 can take its place as a highly valued camera without the unpleasant “orbs” cloud hanging over it.

Here is a link to the article at dpreview.com about the new sensor.

Update on Availability of Fuji X10 Book at Amazon.com

Until a few days ago, Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm X10 was fully available from Amazon.com, meaning it was listed as in stock and ready to ship quickly.  Then, as sometimes happen, its availability slipped to shipping within 1 to 3 weeks.  That status is not so bad, because the book usually ships fairly quickly.  Now, though, for the past couple of days, the book has been listed as not available directly from Amazon, and available only through third-party sellers on Amazon Marketplace.

I don’t know why this happened.  I have sent messages to Lightning Source, the print-on-demand company that supplies books to Amazon, but haven’t received a firm answer yet.  In the meantime, I have listed a few copies of the book at Amazon as a third-party seller using my seller ID of “alexstrawhite.”  I try to always ship books by the next business day after an order is received.  So, if you want a paperback copy, you can order from me or one of the other third-party sellers.  In the meantime, I’ll do what I can to see about getting the book to show up again as available directly from Amazon.com.

Here is a link to the book’s page at Amazon.com that lists the offers from third-party sellers.

Fujifilm X10 Book is Now Available at Amazon.co.uk

It always seems to take a long time for my new books to start showing up for sale at Amazon.co.uk, but Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm X10 finally appeared there for the first time today.  The book is listed as “temporarily unavailable,” but you can order it direct from Amazon and they will ship it when they can.  Also, I have listed some copies as a third-party seller.  If you go to the page at Amazon for the book and click on the “New” listings, I have it listed for sale by White Knight Press.  I have the copies physically in stock here in Virginia, and I always do my best to ship the book the next business day after I receive an order.  I use First Class Mail International, which generally seems to get the book to addresses in England within about a week.  Of course, if you are located there and order from Amazon.co.uk, you will pay only the local shipping rate, which is a good deal less than the actual cost of postage from the U.S., so it’s a bargain in that sense.

I’m hoping that Amazon.co.uk will fairly soon get some of the books in stock for direct and immediate shipping, but that could take a week or more.  In the meantime, I will try to keep enough of the Fujifilm X10 books on hand to fill any orders that come in.  Also, there is at least one other third-party seller that is offering the book for direct shipment within the U.K., so there is one other option for anyone who would like to order the paperbook book in the U.K. or Europe.

Fujifilm X10 Face Detection Demonstration in Movie Mode

Now that Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm X10 has been published, I have a little time to do other things, like put together short video demonstrations.  Today I made a video to show how the Face Detection feature works when the X10 is set to Movie mode.  Of course, Face Detection works for still photography as well as for shooting videos, but I decided to do the demonstration in  Movie mode, because there are fewer options to set, and because this is a video demonstration, so it was more natural to use a video to do the demo.

The video has been posted to the White Knight Press channel at YouTube; here is a link to the video.

Fujifilm X10 Book is Now In Stock at Amazon.com

The paperback edition of the newest camera guide book from White Knight Press, Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm X10, is now listed as In Stock at Amazon.com, which means the book should ship quite quickly if you order it now. Previously, it was listed as “Temporarily out of stock.” I’m not sure if they now have a supply of books physically in their warehouses, or if they will place orders through the print-on-demand printer, but there should not be any great delay once you order a copy of the paperback edition from Amazon.

Here is a link to the book’s product page at Amazon, or you can use the button below to get to that page.

Fujifilm X10 Book is Now Listed for Sale at Amazon.com

For anyone who is interested in purchasing the paperback version of Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm X10, the book is now listed as available for sale at the Amazon.com site.  I have to say, that was very quick work by the printer, Lightning Source, which provided the information to Amazon, and quick work by Amazon to get the book listed.

The listing at Amazon as I write this says the book is “temporarily out of stock,” but that you can order it and it will ship as soon as it is available.  This is a “print-on-demand” book, and, as soon as Amazon starts receiving orders, they will send those orders to the printer, Lightning Source, which will print the books quickly and either send them to Amazon for shipment to the purchasers, or ship them to the purchasers directly from the printer’s own facility.  So, it should not take too long to get a copy of the book, once you place an order.  At this point, very early in the book’s existence, it may take a week or slightly more, I would estimate, but not much longer than that.

Also, as I noted in an earlier post, the paperback edition sells for $29.95.  I wish I could sell it for less, but the printing costs for full-color print-on-demand books are high, and that is the lowest price I can reasonably charge for a book of this length (338 pages).  The one thing I can do to reduce the impact of the price is to offer a free PDF version to anyone who purchases the paperback, at least for now.

So, until the end of May 2012, if you purchase the paperback edition and then forward me the confirming e-mail from the seller (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or other online site), I will send you a code that will let you download the PDF version for free.

The button below will take you directly to the book’s product page at Amazon.com.

Fujifilm X10 Proof Has Been Approved – Paperback Version Available Soon

Everything went as planned, and today the proof copy of the paperback version of Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm X10 arrived from the printer.  The proof looked fine, and I approved it, so the printed version will now be made available for full distribution through Amazon.com and other online booksellers.  This process usually takes a few days, with the book gradually appearing in online listings, first at Amazon.com, and then at other sites, including the international Amazon sites.  I will, of course, post the information here as the book starts to be listed for sale at Amazon and elsewhere.

If you are interested in purchasing the paperback edition, it will be available for $29.95. I would have preferred to list it for a lower price, but this book is 338 pages long, considerably longer than my other books, and the printing costs are too high to sell it for less.  To help offset this cost, I am offering a free copy of the downloadable PDF edition to purchasers of the paperback book.  After you order the paperback book, send a copy of the order confirmation message to contact@whiteknightpress.com, and request a free copy of the PDF version.  I will then send the PDF version or a code for a free download; or, if you have already purchased the PDF version, I will refund the purchase price for the PDF.

For now, here are a couple of photos of the proof copy; the photos were, naturally, taken with my X10: