I am among the thousands of people who helped make the Kindle the best-selling holiday product ever at Amazon.com. I am also among the thousands of people who helped to make Christmas Day the first time the company ever sold more e-books than physical books. I love this electronic book reader. It’s not even January 1, and I’m already on book number four. Even better, I can’t wait to order more books and carry my entire yet-to-read library everywhere in a package that weighs less than a pound.
My own personal obsession with the Kindle of course includes shopping the Amazon store via the device’s 3G WiFi for any and all titles related to boating and yachting. There are a fair number of books available, but none about yacht charter–until now.
As of today, a newly updated version of my book “Dream Cruises: The Insider’s Guide to Private Yacht Charter Vacations” is available for $9.99 as a Kindle download. That’s half off the $18.95 cover price on the most recent printed edition, which came out in 2008.
The one downside: Amazon’s Kindle formatting service didn’t let me upload photos within the text, so the Kindle book is text-only compared with the print edition, which contains about 50 black-and-white photographs and maps. On the other hand, the Kindle edition contains an updated appendix with contact information for the reputable charter brokers who remain in business as the global recession lingers. So you lose the visuals, but you pay only half and get more up-to-date information. I suppose that’s a fair trade, especially given that I haven’t been particularly impressed with the way visuals appear on the Kindle anyway.
And, for those of you who care about my personal welfare as a writer, note that even though the Kindle edition of “Dream Cruises” is less expensive than the printed edition, I actually get a larger cut of each sale as the author. Amazon has basically eliminated the publisher as middleman for us authors who own the copyright to our own content and are willing to do the work of reformatting and uploading it.
I’ll keep an eye on the download statistics that Amazon provides, and if there is demand for “Dream Cruises” in the Kindle format, I’ll make a point of updating the available version once or twice a year. The way the Kindle system works, doing so costs me nothing more than time–and makes it far easier for me to offer you readers the most up-to-date version of my work possible.