As promised, I want to inform readers that The Wandering King (Book 2: With This Shield), will be available for free from July 21 through July 25. This applies only to the ebook available through Amazon.
While I made The Wandering King (Book 1: Summer, Harvest, War), available pretty much everywhere, one of the things I’ve learned over the past two years is that Amazon is king when it comes to book distribution. Therefore, I’ve decided to offer book 2 through Amazon only. This allows me to take part in their Kindle Select program which makes the book available to readers enrolled in Amazon Unlimited.
While these are not exact figures, here is a rough estimate of the ebook sales book 1 has received from the following booksellers:
Barnes & Noble: 20
Apple iBookstore: 10
Kobo Books: 5
Scribd, and all others: 1
These are all ebook sales. One of the big surprises in writing The Wandering King is that hard copies of books are slowly going the way of the CD, videocassette and the poodle skirt. In comparison, roughly 50 paperbacks have been purchased through Amazon, 3 through Barnes & Noble and 10 at my local booksellers.
Also impacting my decision is that book 1 received 50+ reviews on Amazon, 1 review on Barnes & Noble, and no reviews on any of the other online sites. Although I would like to place book 2 in as many outlets as possible, it just doesn’t seem worth the time and effort.
My apologies to all those who own a Nook. If there is a bright side, CreateSpace’s Expanded Distribution has placed the paperback version of book 2 for sale at Barnes & Noble. I am unsure whether or not they make it available on any of the other bookseller sites.
If you pickup a free copy of book 2 and enjoy what you read, would love to know about it. Even better, post a review on Amazon. Your comments have the power to contribute greatly to the success of the book.
Just to mention it, a paperback version is available for $15.95. It pains me to have to offer the paperback of book 2 for $1 more than book 1, but unfortunately the additional 60 pages of text added to the price.
Most paperbacks today fall in the 13.95 to 17.95 range. A 375-page novel costs an average of $16.95. Book 2 is 444 pages long, so although $15.95 is high compared to the $3.99 cost of the ebook, hopefully readers still find the cost reasonable compared to other books.