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E-books for international readers

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In early April 2016 we got this message on the Granite Peak contact form:

Please make Yellowstone Treasures available for international customers through iBooks/iTunes. I love the book, but books are heavy so I would like to have it with me as an ebook when I travel to the US and Yellowstone later this year. When trying to buy it in the iTunes store I am told I need an American account to buy it. Other ways I can get the pdf or epub?
Best Regards
Ann Kristin Lindaas from Norway

I’d like to share our correspondence, edited for length, so everyone knows people around the world can now easily get the Yellowstone Treasures ebook.

April 9

Dear Ann Kristin,
I’m sorry you are having trouble obtaining Yellowstone Treasures as an ebook from outside North America. The problem is that I had only officially granted US and Canadian rights to my distributor. I will add you to the e-newsletter list and try to notify you as soon as the pdf and other versions are available to the rest of the world. The distributor says they are changing this!
Enjoy your trip!
Regards,
Beth
Editor and Publisher
Granite Peak Publications

April 10

That’s great news! I have already bought the print book and I really enjoy it. Essential for planning my days in Yellowstone! I will be traveling the US for about a month in September and I’m hoping to bring electronic versions of most of the books I’ve bought 🙂
Best regards
Ann

April 14

Hi, Ann,
I’m so glad to hear you enjoy the guidebook. Today I see that you should be able to buy it in pdf or epub format now, because the listing says World rights. You can buy the ebook on our distributor’s website. If you want to read it on an iPad, you will need to download the free Bluefire Reader app. Or if you prefer, you can try finding it in iTunes, but I am not sure if the book is available there yet.
Regards,
Beth

April 19

I am now the very happy reader of Yellowstone Treasures on my mobile phone and tablet (iPhone/iPad)! I would recommend the pdf version, not the epub, because of poor image quality in the epub. Pictures in the epub are blurry when enlarged (when you zoom in) and on a small device, you need to be able to zoom in on the details in the maps. This is not an issue with the pdf. I have written Terry at IPG about this and a couple of other things.

Yes, you can quote me and use my name! 🙂
I really appreciate that you and IPG are making digital versions available. I’ve also written National Geographic about the same thing, and only received a “sorry we don’t have our guidebooks available in digital formats” reply. Those books will be left at home even though I would have really liked to have them with me on my trip later this year.
Best regards
Ann

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Summer sale on Visiting Geyserland ebook!

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Yellowstone Treasures geyser walks ebook We recently improved Visiting Geyserland, adding more direct links to the geyser routes and maps. Visiting Geyserland is our guide to the geysers and hot springs in the ten Yellowstone geyser basins and other hydrothermal areas convenient to the roads. It’s handy to have the geyser walks at your fingertips on your phone or tablet when you are in Yellowstone. You can zoom in close to the maps and use the hyperlinks to jump to the correct section of the trails as you choose to follow them.

All summer we are offering this short ebook at $4.99, discounted from the list price of $8.49. The Buy now button on the Visiting Geyserland page takes you to our distributor IPG, where you can choose the format that works for you: ePub, Kindle, or PDF. Might be a good way to introduce a friend to Yellowstone Treasures!

—Editor Beth

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Announcing the Visiting Geyserland e-book

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Janet Chapple’s new e-book of geyser basin walking tours of Yellowstone National Park is now available from Amazon, Apple iTunes, Barnes & Noble, eBooks.com, and more . . .

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Time to crow a bit: Yellowstone Treasures wins two awards!

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Granite Peak Publications was surprised and happy recently to be honored with not one but two awards for our Updated Fourth Edition e-book of Yellowstone Treasures. Not only did we receive the Gold award in the Reference division, but a similar attractive plaque arrived for the Bronze award in the Travel Guidebook division. Now our readers can access all the pictures and maps as well as the full text in this very portable way.

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Holiday sale to end soon

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The latest edition of the Yellowstone Treasures guidebook came out in August. Here’s a review of the previous edition:

“[A] magnificent catalogued resource to the full enjoyment of a huge national park and area known as Yellowstone. The author has extensive knowledge and experience in exploring the beauties of the area. . . . Altogether, Yellowstone Treasures fills an ongoing need for new generations of park explorers and appreciators. She has spent much of her life becoming better acquainted with the riches of the area and she is generously sharing her knowledge with this beautiful guidebook. It is not to be missed.”

—Nancy Lorraine, Midwest Book Review, May 2009
You can find more great comments on our Reviews and From Our Readers pages.

As we explained in our November 4 press release, the updated fourth edition boasts:

  • Color tabs to indicate the six sections of the park
  • A dozen new pictures
  • Fully revised maps that show recent road changes
  • Updated geological information to reflect current research on what’s under Yellowstone and how it works, along with new diagrams like the one excerpted below
  • A new glossary of geological and other scientific terms

Yellowstone Treasures fourth edition geological figure

Part of Figure 5. What’s under Yellowstone: Moving plates, mantle plumes, and the Yellowstone hot spot.

The comprehensive guidebook also comes as an e-book in EPUB, PDF, Nook, and Kindle formats.

To encourage sales during the time of the year when not so many people visit Yellowstone, we started a holiday sale in November. You can buy the guidebook for $19.96 plus shipping and handling, which is 20% off the list price. To get the 20% discount on the print book, be sure to type the promo code “Holidays” in the Voucher box of the shopping cart. But hurry, this coupon only lasts until midnight on January 20, 2014.

Best wishes,
Beth Chapple, Editor

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Holiday Bells will soon be ringing in Yellowstone, too!

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The winter season opens December 15th in Yellowstone Park. It’s a wonderful time to see the park in its coat of ice and snow. Reservations for snowcoach travel and for rooms in Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and in Old Faithful Snow Lodge can be made through the concessionaire Xanterra at: 307-344-7311. This year they are also running a shuttle from the airport in Bozeman, Montana, to Mammoth, so you will not need to drive at all.

For your winter or summer trips, treat yourself and friends to copies of Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler’s Companion to the National Park. This year’s Updated Fourth Edition is available from our website at a 20% discount from now through January 20, 2014. Just go to the Guidebook page for the print version, and use “Holidays” as the discount code.

You can buy the Kindle, Nook, and iPad versions at online vendors—sorry, we do not sell e-books from our website.

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One more Kindle change

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Well, folks, Amazon.com seems to have realized they’d made an error, so today (or yesterday?) they returned the price of the Kindle version of Yellowstone Treasures to $9.99. Like it or not, all publishers and authors are required to toe the mark with Amazon.

[May 2012]

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Kindle version of “Yellowstone Treasures” again available

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If you read my February 25 post or tried in the past few months to buy a version of Yellowstone Treasures for your Kindle, you know that it was not being sold on the Amazon website. But as of earlier this week, an agreement between my distributor, Independent Publishers Group, and Amazon has brought it back. The Kindle version now costs their standard $9.99 rather than the $14-something you would have had to pay for it previously. As publisher, I can live with that. I thank IPG for holding firm when Amazon became unreasonable, but I also thank both of them for arriving at a compromise.

(Added 14 hours later) Oops! I see that now the Kindle price is $11.96. Well, that’s half the price of the paperback. Trouble is, you don’t get the 37 maps or any of the color in the pictures or design elements in the book. With the next edition I will have a Kindle Fire version, which should remedy that problem.

[2012 post. 9/13/13 update: The Kindle Fire version of Yellowstone Treasures has been out for over a month now, and it looks great!]

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Yellowstone Treasures now a Google Book

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On February 25th [2012], I published a blog post about the removal of all the e-book titles distributed by Small Publishers United and Independent Publishers Group from Amazon’s online store. This included Yellowstone Treasures, which had been bought as an e-book by some 650 readers.

In the list of e-book formats for which Yellowstone Treasures is still available, I included Google Books, but, in reality, we have just this month begun making the guidebook available in that format. If you don’t want to carry a one-and-a-half pound book with you to the park, consider buying it as a Google e-book or other electronic book.

I am sorry that Amazon has not so far relented their unreasonable decision that has cut back on the books available for people who have Kindles.

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Amazon cancels sales of “Yellowstone Treasures” Kindle edition

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My small publishing house, Granite Peak Publications, was established with the thought of providing readers with a really thorough and accurate guide to my beloved Yellowstone Park. It was fortunate that Yellowstone Treasures was accepted from the start by the country’s second largest independent book distributor, Independent Publishers Group (now Small Press United, a subsidiary of IPG). When they suggested that I put out e-book versions and generously offered to convert my guidebook into three of those at no cost to me, I jumped at the chance.

Of course, I was upset to learn earlier this week that Amazon.com had unilaterally and with no advance notice cut off all Kindle sales of Yellowstone Treasures. IPG’s president explains it this way: “I am greatly disappointed to report that as our distributor’s electronic book agreement with Amazon came up for renewal, Amazon used it as an opportunity to renegotiate all of their terms for both print and e-books to be substantially more favorable to them. These new terms, if accepted, would have greatly decreased the amount of income both publishers and authors would have received for the sale of all of their books going forward, including print editions.” This action affects well over 4000 titles distributed by IPG and SPU. As of today I have not learned whether other e-book distributors have been treated equally unfairly by Amazon. However, this seems to me to be an illustration of the old adage “cutting off your nose to spite your face.”

Here are a few words about Amazon’s point of view—although their spokespersons refuse to comment to reporters. Amazon’s fourth quarter 2011 results (reports Time Business & Money) missed Wall Street’s expectations, and the current quarter could see Amazon lose money. Their operating expenses “increased 38%, cutting into the company’s profit,” and their stock “has drooped nearly 20% over the last three months”—these figures from a February first Time Business article. I ask, does this warrant such heavy-handed actions affecting publishers, authors, and readers?

Since early 2010 over 650 e-book copies of Yellowstone Treasures have become readable on Nooks, iPads, Kindles, and other electronic reading devices. I’m sure this is a convenient way for many people to carry the best-selling guidebook to Yellowstone.

A fellow small publisher, Bryce Milligan, commenting on the Digital Reader website wrote: “There was a time not so long ago when ‘competition’ was a healthy thing, not a synonym for ‘murder.’ Amazon could have been a bright and shining star, lighting the way to increased literacy and improved access to alternative literatures. Alas, it looks more likely to be a large and deadly asteroid. We, the literary dinosaurs, are watching to see if this is a near miss or the beginning of extinction.”

If you are thinking of buying Yellowstone Treasures for your own device, please keep in mind that you can find it at your local independent bookshop, www.indiebound.org, www.BarnesandNoble.com, Apple’s iTunes, Google Books, www.ebookstore.sony.com, and elsewhere. Also if you have a Kindle Fire, with just a few steps you can download almost any e-reader app and purchase EPUB and PDF editions that can be read in full color on the Kindle Fire.

[2012 post. Update, Sept.6, 2013: I was disappointed that the original Kindle version, based on our third edition, had no maps, which are so dependent on color. Now, the Kindle Fire version of the fourth edition has everything, and I’m really happy with it!]

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