At Comely Bank Publishing we are grateful to anyone who's keen to buy any of our paperback books. But while we appreciate that Amazon is often a convenient way of buying books, we feel that you need to be aware that Amazon eats massively into our profits.
Sure, you're buying direct from us, so you'd think that by cutting out the middle man – the bookstore – you'd be doing yourselves and us a favour. Sadly, the story isn't quite so rosy.
It's been our practice in the past to try to deliver our books to you post free, but in addition to the postage (which will be £2.85 for many of our books) Amazon charges us a staggering 38%-46% transaction fee. What that means is that, if a book costs £9.99, the combination of postage and Amazon can take up more than £7.00. Your local bookshop won't be making that sort of profit margin, and they'll be offering you a much better service.
We can't really operate at those charges, so we're going to have to start charging for postage if you order through Amazon, I suspect.
If you want to order online, why not order direct from our bookshop page? We still have to pay around 8%-10% transaction fee with PayPal or credit card, but it's a whole lot better for both you the customer and for we writers. We can absorb the postage in most cases, and we probably deliver quicker, too.
Above all, though, we hope you enjoy our books. Thank you for continuing to support us.