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For no particular reason whatsoever, we're doing a quickie sale on March 26 / 27.


From now until 23:59 Hawaiian time on March 27th, everything in the store will be 60% off. 

   All the ebooks in our catalog are included -- you can browse the catalog here to see what we have to offer. Newest in the store are the Peter Morwood "Horse Lord" prequels Greylady and Widowmaker, and my new ebooks Raetian Tales 1: A Wind from the South and Stealing the Elf-King's Roses: The Author's Cut; and of course we also feature the 9-volume Young Wizards International Edition complete sets.


 All you have to do to obtain the discount is use the discount code / coupon code FLASHSALE during the checkout process. (Instructions about how and when to put the code in are here.)
 


 Thanks for visiting!



 



 


Magic Number offer:  We're at order number #3412 at the moment. If you complete order #3500 in our store, you get it free! (More info here.)



 


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Absolutely no reason for it, but just for today, October 10th: 50% off everything at the Ebooks Direct Store with the discount code NOREASON. Pass it on.  :)

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(EDITED [Sep 29 AM] TO ADD: Got some sorrowful emails from folks this morning saying “HEY I WOULD HAVE HELPED YOU BUY YOUR CHAIR IF I’D HEARD ABOUT THIS IN TIME…” So, okay, we’ve extended the 50%-off offer for another 12 hours. But that’s it.  :) Those of you who were sorry you missed out, go on and get yourself something, and then I can get not only the chair but, let’s say, a nice throw to go over the chair… (which the cat will probably shred. Well, better the throw than the chair…) Thanks again, everybody!)

I have this recliner chair in which I curl up and do a lot of my writing. Well, I had this recliner chair.

Last night I sat down in it and something went SPROING in the base, and it nearly chucked me onto the floor. It is now officially very, very busted: it wobbles and rolls like some kind of bargain-basement thrill ride. The only one who can sit in it now is the cat, and even he gets wobbled around when he jumps up on it. (You should see his face.)

The sooner I can replace this thing, the happier it’s going to make me. So for one day only, we’re offering all comers a 50% discount off everything at the Ebooks Direct store: the Uptown Local anthology, the Young Wizards International edition singles and 9-book bundles, even Peter’s “Tales of Old Russia” series. All you need to do to get the discount is use the coupon code BUSTEDCHAIR at checkout.

We’ve never done a discount offer this deep before, but our web lady Lee said “Well, if you really want to replace the chair when you go out to
do the shopping on Friday, better do something drastic!” So here it is: a day’s worth of drastic. :) If you’ve passed through the store before and thought “Maybe later”, knock 50% off what you saw and see if the result might now be “Today’s the day!”

So the clock starts ticking… now! (And to those of you who’ll be taking advantage of the offer: thanks in advance!)
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Hills Prescription k/d

Secondary to a batch of emails and so forth from folks who weren't able to take advantage of the below-described discount offer over the weekend, we've extended it one day. So the (revised) pertinent info appears below. (And thanks to everyone who's participated so far!)

BTW: if you've purchased an ebook or ebooks and are having any kind of download problem, please leave a comment in the thread below and our tech lady will get back to you as quickly as possible. Apparently there were some problems with the server on Saturday that resulted in shop registration emails and / or emailed passwords being delayed. These problems seem to have resolved themselves, but we want to make sure everyone's got what they paid for, or were able to get in and make their purchases in the first place.

Anyway, here's what it's all about. As of this past weekend we've nearly come to the end of the supply of special kidney-friendly cat food that the vet's office sent home with Mr. Squeak after his hospital stay (he was being treated for what we now recognize as the late stages of feline renal failure). Now it's time to start ordering the stuff in seriously, and jeezLouise is it expensive. Also, in our neck of the woods you have to order "prescription" cat foods in bulk from the distributor... which means a minimum of 48-unit cases. Still: it's in a good cause. So it's time to have a sale at the DD.com ebook shop! We're offering a 25%-off sale on all ebooks in the shop until Tuesday morning (0900 UTC), April 19th. BT The discount offer includes:

  • Middle Kingdoms books and stories, such as --
  • And the Young Wizards International Editions. (Purchasers outside the US and Canada only, please!) Including:
(For those interested: the other four books are still in production, but we expect to have them all up by mid-May.)
Not Particularly

To get your discount, all you need to do is enter the coupon code CATFOOD at the checkout page. This will deduct 25% from your final total. And for customers taking advantage of this offer: you can use the coupon TWICE over the course of the weekend if you want to. So shop early and often! And thanks in advance to all of you who elect to assist us in what we hope will be a long battle with the prescription catfood wholesaler. :) ...And now it's time for a gratuitous cat picture, showing the senior cat in healthier days. (BTW, if you want to see some more of Squeaky, click here to view a nice selection of photos of him at Flickr.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kobo logo

After the posting that went up yesterday on the unavailability of digital versions of the Young Wizards books in Canada, we had a really interesting response in the comments…

 Hi there,

When we saw this blog post we contacted HMH directly to inquire about where Canadian rights for the Young Wizards series stand. They confirmed that the titles do have Canadian rights, so as of a few hours ago they've been available to readers in Canada: (use this link.)

Nathan Maharaj
Manager, Merchandising
Kobo

You folks are stars.  Thank you, Nathan! We’ll update all the web pages at YoungWizards.com and DianeDuane.com to reflect this.

I also note this response to Nathan from”Jc”:

And are the errors fixed?

I’d say it’s a fair bet that they won’t be, and indeed can’t be, considering that the distributors of ebooks — like Kobo and Smashwords and B&N and Amazon —  are specifically enjoined by the publishers against changing the content of ebooks. Errors or other production issues in an ebook have to be addressed by the publisher in question itself.

Seriously — and it seems I have to keep saying this, since there are a surprising number of people who’ve been writing me in a “tone of voice” that suggests they expect me to fix these problems personally — my influence in these matters is minimal. Maybe that’s annoying, but it’s the way things are. While I personally supervise the quality of ebooks that come out of Badfort Press and Errantry Press, I have no direct quality control over ebooks produced inside Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. As consumers, if you find that the presentation of the product you’re being sold falls below your expectations of quality, you need to be contacting the publisher yourselves and making your opinions known. If enough people do this, there’s a chance of something happening.

Anyway, congratulations to Kobo! I didn’t even know you folks existed until very recently. I’m impressed by your proactiveness.  :)  Canadian YW fans, if you would check the Kobo link above and make sure that it produces results for you, I’d appreciate it.

Secondary to the above: 

ETA:   The excellent Nathan Maharaj has provided us with a complete set of links to the ePub editions of the YW series now available at KoboBooks.com. These are available to Canadian .ePub readers:

So You Want To Be A Wizard (eISBN 9780547545110) 
Deep Wizardry (eISBN 9780547538662)
High Wizardry (eISBN 9780547540306)
A Wizard Abroad (eISBN 9780547546797)
The Wizard's Dilemma (eISBN 9780547546827) 
A Wizard Alone (eISBN 9780547546803)
Wizard's Holiday (eISBN  9780547546834) 
Wizards at War (eISBN  9780547546810)
A Wizard of Mars (eISBN 9780547487953)

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Work in progress (ain't it always)

I just want to direct everybody's attention to Chris Meadows' article here, which is brilliantly expressive of some of the problems I've been noticing a lot more acutely of late from early sorties into the production end of ebook management.

Some of you will have noticed that I've been overseeing a project whose time (I think) has come -- international editions of the Young Wizards novels. The YW books' North American publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, only holds publishing rights for the US and its possessions, Canada and (for whatever reason) the Philippines. When UK YW fans (who briefly had print editions in the early 90's) complained to me that they couldn't purchase the books from Amazon in their ebook editions, I checked with my agent's contract lady to make sure that self-published ebooks would be kosher, and then started to see what I needed to do about it.

It's been an interesting journey. My first stab at ebooking happened over at Smashwords (where the Door Into... / Middle Kingdoms books are available). They make the induction into the process as easy as it can be made, I think, explaining the basic issues of how and why a document file (or previously typeset document) must be stripped for ebook formats. And I have no complaints about their distribution of the Door books, particularly into Barnes & Noble: for the past few quarters they've been doing pretty nicely.

But with the YW books I was forced into a situation that Smashwords could not be used to solve, due to the territorial restrictions attached to the works. Smashwords has no mechanism to control what territories books are sold into, and to prevent them being sold where you don't want them to be. Amazon and B&N, obviously, do. I investigated all kinds of other possibilities that would enable me to run around this particular problem... but even the best of them (the DianeDuane.com site's present implementation of Zen Cart) was imperfect. Finally I realized that whether I liked it or not, if I was to reach an audience of any size (LIKE SOME OF THE REST OF THE PLANET, shrieks the Auctorial Subconscious in ill-concealed irony) with the YW novels without violating my contracts with HMH, I was going to have to take up the cudgels of bottom-to-top ebook production.

Whoopee.

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