Amazon’s Kindle of Lee Marvin Point Blank, an Amazon product, had been persona non grata on their website as I had noted previously. Well, as I also noted in the same blog entry, I’d let you know when it returns. I can now state with a certain level of relief, it’s back!
With less relief, I can also state that it’s rather buried on a page that is not part of the book’s full listing but separately, which is elsewhere. Took me a while to find this out. Very disappointing, I must say. Why did this happen? Well, according to my publisher Tim Schaffner’s fairly recent e-mail:
“I have some great news to share with you concerning our press and recent developments that have taken place. As of Friday, January 6th, we are no longer distributed by Independent Publishers Group, and are now officially with a new distributor, Baker & Taylor Publisher Services, whose warehouse and operational center are in Ashland, Ohio, and executive corporate offices are in Chicago. Their CEO is Mark Suchomel, who had originally signed Schaffner Press with IPG in 2006. So, after fifteen years with IPG, it seems apt that we have moved to a new distributor with him and some other familiar faces to welcome us as well. Further, we are in good company with the likes of McSweeney’s and Toronto-based ECW among the list of fellow literary publisher clients. While this move may not immediately affect your title or titles in terms of distribution and sales, B&TPS provides a dedicated full-time sales force, both domestically and internationally, that I believe will be a boon to our continued success in the coming years. Furthermore, their connection to their parent company, Baker & Taylor, will allow us to use their vast resources and connections with independent booksellers and libraries throughout the country and the world.”
I had no idea how to find said Kindle but came across it by chance, which probably explains the lackluster sales numbers seen below.
That can change of course, if you click here. Oh, and the paperback is still very much available, as well.
So, do yourself a favor. Turn off the depressing news about the Ukraine invasion, pandemic news, and other depressing offerings and download a good book. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
– Dwayne Epstein