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November 24th, 2007

10:33 PM

Samhain Publishing at MBAM versus Amazon

Love & Lore

Someone pointed this out to me recently and I think it is interesting.

Samhain Publishing sells its print books both at its My Bookstore And More (MBAM) online store and at Amazon. However, the discount offered for these books at Amazon is nowhere to be seen at the MBAM store. For example, the anthology Love & Lore is sold at $14.00 at MBAM but it's $11.90 at Amazon. Because I need to contact the "store owner" to calculate the shipping rate, I can't tell though if MBAM charges less for shipping than Amazon.

So, the question here is, is there any good reason for the customer to shop at MBAM instead of Amazon?

1 comment(s).

Posted by Olivia:

No reason at all - and why buy direct from Amazon when you can buy from a reseller?

I've seen the majority of Samhain's print books (including my own) on sale from UK Amazon resellers several months in advance of their due release date. I imagine it's because Lightning Source is located in the UK, and so when Samhain books are loaded onto LS's catalogue, they're automatically available for print sale.

I know I bought a resale copy of my own book for £3.96. Even with the shipping, it was less than £6, which is what I'd expect to pay for a new paperback. The UK price for my book is £14, which is far too expensive for any kind of paperback, IMO.

The sale showed up on my royalties as an ebook % rather than a print %. This is a discrepancy that I imagine would hurt the publisher rather than the author if *everybody* started buying like this (because the resellers are paying ebook prices for a print book). I informed Samhain about this but had no response. Maybe that's a donwside to dealing with LS, I don't know.

So for the truly jaded - why buy at full price at MBAM,and why buy at Amazon's discount when you can buy from Amazon resellers for a quarter of the original price - and months before proper release day?
November 30th, 2007 @ 3:27 AM