I picked and packed my last book on Saturday. Wholesale orders are still very welcome, but I’ve decided to stop selling individual print copies directly from the web site. While the Americans have “media mail” and the British have “printed matter” rates, Canada Post offers booksellers nothing but misery — the cost of shipping anything heavier than a sheet of toilet paper is prohibitive.
That is one reason why I have moved the Obolus Press print bookstore to Aerio, where all orders to the United States and Canada will now be fulfilled on the next business day by Ingram (one of the world’s largest book distributors). Their typical shipping cost for a paperback is just $2.99 when sent to a US address via USPS.
The other reason I am directing business to Aerio is that, unlike Amazon, they will always have my titles in stock at the correct price. I recently caught the Bezos Bandits selling the paperback edition of Le Sidaner’s biography for $43.24 — 50% higher than my price of $28.95:
For orders to the UK and the rest of the world, I am referring customers to Blackwell’s and the Book Depository respectively. They seem to keep titles well stocked and reasonably priced.
An even bigger change is that you can now download a PDF edition (DRM-free) of each title for $9.99 or less. I’ll have more to say about this in another blog post next week.