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Yellowstone Treasures Kindle deal

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Amazing book to review before your visit to Yellowstone

Amazing book to review before your visit, but also to keep with you during it! Upon entering the park we were given a map, but this book has so many more detailed maps of each area that were SO helpful! I was responsible for planning a day and a half worth of activities for my group, and this book helped me to not disappoint! It explains EVERY single feature of the park, split up according to region. Seriously, check this book out and your friend will think you know it all. Can’t wait to go back to the park–according to the book, I missed out on A LOT.

—L, Amazon.com 5-star review, June 22, 2016

The price of the Yellowstone Treasures e-book in three different formats normally varies between $12.99 and the list price of $19.99. People all around the world can now easily buy it, as we discussed in an April post, “E-books for international readers.”.

Now, for just this calendar month, July 2016, Amazon.com is offering the Kindle version of the guidebook for $3.99! That’s a bargain for the Updated Fourth Edition, which boasts more facts, anecdotes, history, and travel tips than ever before. To get selected for this deal, a book must have high customer ratings on Amazon.com (3.2 stars or better), and with 69 reviews, the updated fourth edition currently has a rating of 4.7 stars. Something to consider giving to someone you know who has a Kindle or the free Kindle app on the iPad?

—Editor and Publisher, Beth

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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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