Amazon.com in the United States is now listing the book about the Panasonic Lumix LX5 camera as in stock and available for overnight and two-day shipping, which means they actually have the book physically in stock in their warehouse. Earlier, they were listing it as in stock but possibly taking a few extra days to ship, meaning they just ordered copies from the print-on-demand company, Lightning Source, as orders came in. It’s a good thing from my point of view for Amazon to keep the books in stock physically, because I imagine there are plenty of purchasers who (like me) prefer to get their books shipped quickly, with definite shipping and arrival dates, rather than having to wait several days to receive an order. If anyone wants to order one of these books from Amazon, here is a link for ordering:
I have been checking regularly on the availability of Photographer’s Guide to the Leica D-Lux 5 in the United Kingdom through Amazon.co.uk. Today it finally was listed there as an item in Amazon’s catalog, though it was listed as “Unavailable.” I have cured that problem by listing the book for sale myself as a third-party seller at Amazon.co.uk. This means that buyers in the UK, Europe, and elsewhere can have the book shipped using the shipping rates that are charged by Amazon.co.uk, instead of the rates for shipping from the United States. This costs me a bit more, because I have to ship the books from here in the United States, but it saves money for the UK customers, and possibly for those in Europe as well. I like to have the books as widely available as possible. I ship quickly, the next business day, and sometimes the same day, depending on when an order is received. So, if anyone in the UK or Europe wants to order the D-Lux 5 book, here is a link to the Amazon.co.uk ordering page.
All of the White Knight Press camera guide books are currently available for purchase in the United States through Amazon.com, both direct from Amazon and through third-party sellers using Amazon Marketplace. Buyers in the UK, Europe, and other locations can purchase any of these books from Amazon.com if they wish, though the shipping cost will reflect the cost of shipping from the US to another country.
Three of our books (on the Leica D-Lux 4, Panasonic Lumix LX3, and Panasonic Lumix LX5) are currently available through Amazon.co.uk. The latest book, on the Leica D-Lux 5, is not yet showing up as available at Amazon.co.uk. It seems to take quite a long time for a new book to start being listed on the UK Amazon site. This process is automatic once the book is being printed by Lightning Source, and there’s nothing I can do to speed it up. I hope that this book will start showing up in the UK on Amazon in the near future.
Until the D-Lux 5 book becomes available from Amazon in the UK, I am offering copies direct from this web site, at the D-Lux 5 ordering page. If you order a book direct from White Knight Press, I will ship it anywhere in the world for a flat rate of $8.95 for postage, which is less than the actual cost in most cases. For example, shipping this book to the UK ordinarily costs $12.48. So, until the book becomes available for direct shipment by Amazon in the UK at local postage rates, purchasers outside the US may want to consider ordering the book direct from this site.
I am very happy to report that Leica Rumors, one of the best sites for information and news about Leica cameras, is running a contest to give away a copy of the just-released paperback edition of Photographer’s Guide to the Leica D-Lux 5. The contest is very easy to enter; details are at this link on the Leica Rumors site.
The paperback version of the new book from White Knight Press about the Leica D-Lux 5 digital camera, Photographer’s Guide to the Leica D-Lux 5, is now shipping directly from Amazon.com. It is also available in PDF format from this site. For more information or to order a copy of the book in either format, please see the Leica D-Lux 5 page at this site.
Today the Leica D-Lux 5 book is still not listed as available from Amazon.com, but it did show up for the first time on the site of Barnes & Noble, BN.com. The listing says the book ships within 24 hours, which should be correct, because the book is available to online sellers through Lightning Source, the print-on-demand company that prints the book. Here is a link to the listing for the D-Lux 5 book at BN.com.
As of now, the morning of December 23, Eastern time in the U.S., I still have a few books available for sale directly from this web site, at the Leica D-Lux 5 page.
Two days ago, on Monday, I received the proof copy of the Leica D-Lux 5 book from the printer, and, after inspection, approved it to go into production. I also ordered some books to be sent directly to me, so I can sell some books directly from this web site. I have a few books available now; please go to the Leica D-Lux 5 page to order.
I also arranged for some books to be shipped out to Oregon, to camerabooks.com, an excellent online specialist in photography books, which has been selling all of my camera guide books. They will have the Leica D-Lux 5 book available for sale in about a week. They handle a lot of international sales as well as sales within the U.S., so if anyone is looking for a copy of the D-Lux 5 book (or the other books) starting around December 28, that is a good place to purchase the book.
Today I finally found time to add a page to this site for Updates and Corrections. I had been meaning to add that sort of information, but it wasn’t very practical before, when it was more of a chore to revise or add a page. Now, with the WordPress system, I can much more easily add and change pages, so I’ve added the new page. As I say on that page, I would be glad to hear from any readers of the books who have corrections or additions to point out. I posted several points about the Panasonic Lumix LX5 book that were pointed out to me yesterday by a reader who did a very thorough job of going through the book, and obviously is very familiar with the operation of the camera.
This evening I received from the printer, Lightning Source, the proof copy of the Photographer’s Guide to the Leica D-Lux 5. As I had expected and hoped, the proof copy looks fine. Here is a photo of the proof, taken with the D-Lux 5 camera:
After checking over the book, I notified Lightning Source that it is approved. Now, they will automatically make the book available to Amazon.com and other online sellers. That process will take a few days; the book at first may be listed but noted as “Unavailable,” then as available but taking a week to ship, until it is finally listed as simply “In Stock.” In the meantime, I plan to order from the printer a few books that I can make available through Amazon as a third-party seller, or possibly on eBay.
Otherwise, sales of the other books were slow today; I’m not sure if that’s because it’s getting close to Christmas and people are buying other items, or if publicity for the books has died down. I expect sales will pick up again after Christmas to some extent, if people receive the Panasonic Lumix LX5 or the Leica D-Lux 5 cameras (or the D-Lux 4 or Lumix LX3) as gifts and want to buy a book to help them use their new camera.