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Pencils and Process Book Availability and Discount Thread

In some ways, this is slightly redundant to my announcement post about this book's publication, but I thought it might also be good to maintain a thread about where Pencils and Process is available and if any special prices pop up. I'll start by listing where you can buy it with links.

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From what I've seen so far, retailers periodically discount the book to varying degrees. A few days before the original post, I saw Barnes and Noble had a discount on it - about 20% off the hardcover if I remember correctly. It didn't last long, but that's a good price. The book is also eligible for site-wide promotions, like if Books-A-Million (or whoever) has a holiday discount code. Amazon does periodic discounts too, and there are third-party sellers on the site constantly trying to undercut the Amazon Prime price. I'll try to share stuff like that in subsequent posts.

Looks like we've already got another discount going, on Amazon this time. The hardcover is on sale for $32.68. It's 7% off...not much, but small discounts help too. I wonder if this is to coincide with Easter sales at other retailers? For example, right now you can save $10 off ($50 minimum total) at Barnes and Noble with the code APRILSHOWERS. And Books-A-Million has a 20% coupon code BASKET ($30 minimum total).

I thought this was interesting too; there are some other non-Prime sellers. I almost always stick with things that have Prime shipping personally, but it's sort of cool that there are some other slightly cheaper options. Here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1733921001/ref=tmm_pap_new_olp_0?ie=UTF8&condition=new&qid=1555169144&sr=8-1

For any Kindle users out there (device or app), the eBook version of Pencils and Process is free on Amazon until Saturday April 20th at midnight!

Amazon has a program called "KDP Select," which sounds sort of like some cult or middle-level marketing scheme. But it's actually an agreement for an author to sell their eBook only on Amazon for 90 days. They offer promotional options like "sponsored giveaways" and "countdown deals" that aren't otherwise available. Anyway I joined it because the internet told me it was a good idea. What could go wrong?

It doesn't affect physical books - only eBooks. Since I only have a Kindle electronic version right now anyway, I figured it made sense to try the program. But like I said, you can still buy the paperback and hardcover at Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, and all the rest. Enjoy the freebie!

I'm not seeing any huge sales from main stream book stores/retailers right now ($1 or so off here and there). But two sites have pretty steep discounts; Thriftbooks and eBay.

Thriftbooks as the paperback for 14% off ($21.62) and the hardcover for 15% off ($29.73):

https://www.thriftbooks.com/browse/?b.search=pencils%20and%20process#b.s=mostPopular-desc&b.p=1&b.pp=30&b.oos&b.tile

And a few eBay sellers have pretty similar discounts:

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=%22pencils+and+process%22&_sacat=0&_sop=15

I don't know anything about Thriftbooks, and have no clue how much their shipping is. But some of the eBay sellers do have free shipping, which makes that a good overall price.

I completely forgot to update this thread yesterday...sorry to anyone who might be reading (if anyone is). The eBook version of Pencils and Process is free on Amazon Kindle this weekend, ending Sunday night (tonight) at midnight.

I know I just did one of these promotions a month ago, but I only used three of my KDP Select promotional days the first time, so I didn't want to leave these two on the table. So, check it out if you're interested! I don't think I'll get another opportunity to give the eBook away for a few months, assuming I understand Amazon's terms on their program.

On Amazon Prime Day (their big annual sale event) yesterday, I was browsing around and thought I'd take a peak at my book. I periodically like to check it's page out to see if I got anymore reviews. Anyway, I noticed the hardcover is somehow cheaper than the paperback! It's $19.76 with Prime shipping, which is the lowest I've ever seen. I'm not even sure how they can make money at that price. Anyway, Prime Day continues today so I thought I'd share.

Just to add my 2 cents regarding the printings. Amazon handles the prints of the paperback sold on their site, and quality is excellent. The colors are bright and the paper seems better to me. The hardcover though is exclusively done by Ingram, even though it's sold on Amazon. I don't like the Ingram version as much, because the colors are a bit muted in comparison. This probably comes down to a matter of color preference, but probably good to know if you're thinking of buying. I included some images comparing them in a post a couple months ago: https://jonamdall.com/2019/04/20/publishing-on-amazons-kdp-and-ingramspark/

The hardcover is $15 on Amazon! I honestly can't figure out how they're doing that. I mean, the paperback itself costs almost that much to make I think. I seriously can't figure out the economics of book sales.

Edit: Actually, $13.95. Seriously, it costs me more than that to get an author copy. No idea how they're selling it for that much.

Okay, the hardcover price on Amazon seems to have leveled off at $12. That's a really fair price I think, so it's nice to see - especially since it doesn't impact my royalty at all. For a while, I've been struggling to figure out how Amazon can charge so little for a hardcover book, but I think I've finally figured this out.

While Amazon handles printing of the paperback on their platform, they don't print the hardcover - Ingram does that. So, basically if Amazon wants to sell it, they have to first get it from Ingram. In the first couple weeks of the book being available, someone purchased almost 30 copies of the hardcover in one swoop! I was very surprised and figured it was possibly a bookstore. Well, here we are four months later and Amazon has this fire sale. When I added one to my cart, it told me 18 copies were left (hurry!). I thought about who I knew who bought one, and the math started to work itself out. It seems Amazon bought those so they could have them in stock for 2 day Prime shipping!

I guess those books sitting around unsold in a warehouse isn't profitable, so they probably have an algorithm that tells them how to more quickly get rid of them. They are actually allowed to return unsold books to Ingram, which may be down the road in their algorithm as well. Hopefully they don't, because I'd end up eating about $100! The book is slightly beyond breaking even, so that would be a shame. At least in that case, I'd get the unsold books sent to me.

If anyone out there has been somewhat interested in checking Pencils and Process out, now would be a great time to grab the hardcover. Amazon has it for $5.28! With Prime shipping too.

$5 for a hardcover book is pretty unbeatable. They must really want to get rid of their stock!