A friend of mine told me he had given away ten copies of The Gospel in Ten Words to people in his life group. This news made me both happy and sad. Happy, because I’m always encouraged when people give copies of my book away. Sad, because he bought all ten copies from Amazon and he lives outside the United States.
“Don’t do that again,” I told him. And why not? Two words: Shipping costs.
For those of you living in North America, Amazon is a wonderful bookseller. You can get most titles delivered to your door in just 2-3 days. But for those of us living elsewhere, Amazon is a temptress, a ruiner of bookworms.
“Look at this great book – it’s only $14.95. But shipping is how much? And to get here it will take how long? You gotta be kidding me.”
It’s not uncommon for me to buy books from Amazon and pay more for shipping than for the book. I hate that!
This is why I am pleased to announce a few improvements to your shopping experience – at least as far as my book is concerned. As of today, The Gospel in Ten Words is being printed in four separate countries. (India will soon be the 5th country.) This means lower costs for you.
– if you live in the US and you just want one copy, your best bet remains Amazon or Barnes & Noble
– if you live outside the US, you may find retailers in your country listed here
– if there are no retailers in your country, try the Book Depository
– if you want to buy books in bulk for friends or family, then the best prices anywhere in the world are found here
Speaking of bulk orders, I would like to congratulate Jennie who won the first GITW competition. She bought 30 books to give away to friends and family! Those of you who are buying books to give away – you guys amaze and humble me. Thank you.
I plan to announce another competition next week.