Yesterday I ordered a book I've been meaning to get for a while: Jane Wenham-Jones' Wannabe A Writer We've Heard Of? I bought her previous how-to-write book, Wannabe A Writer? a few years ago and it's an entertaining and useful read, so the follow-up was a must.
On Amazon, it's £3.50. With free p&p.
BUT - the book's publisher is Accent Press. I like to support small independent publishers (one day I might be sending them all my novel....) and I have a soft spot for Accent. They've always been very supportive of women's magazine writers, having published several Sexy Shorts anthologies which were largely populated by womag writers. They're also Della Galton's publisher, and will publish a new charity anthology next year in which yours truly has a story.
So I went to the Accent Press website to order the book direct from them. It's £9.99 there, plus £1.95 p&p. That's nearly £12.
£12 and stick to my principles, or £3.50. Hmm.
I ordered from Accent in the end. I know the book will be easily worth £12 to me. But what a difference in price! I remember being shocked a while back, when I read on Sally Zigmond's blog that small publisher Linen Press actually made a loss on every book sold via Amazon. I've tried since then to always buy books from small presses direct from the publisher and not from Amazon.
Not easy though, when the price difference is that much. Anyway, the book'll be here in a couple of days and I'm looking forward to reading and reviewing it!
You might note, my link above for the book is to Accent. If you want the book for £3.50 you'll have to search for it yourself on Amazon, but please, if you can afford it do consider buying direct from the publisher.