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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

#1 in Strategy

The level of interest in 4TH GENERATION WARFARE HANDBOOK has truly been encouraging. I have to admit, I did not expect this:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904 Paid in Kindle Store
    #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > History > Military > Strategy  


That's pretty incredible for the first day of preorders. We probably should have figured out this preorder thing sooner, it would appear. Although I like to think there is a certain inept charm to our "well, it's done, so let's whang it up there and do a blog post" approach. The least-organized book launch in the entire history of publishing doesn't seem to have hurt SJWAL much, anyhow. And one of these days, we are going to actually get around to doing our first press release.

But since there is so much more interest in 4GW than anticipated, I thought it might be a good idea to make ON WAR: The Collected Columns of William S. Lind 2003-2009 more readily accessible to those who aren't familiar with William S. Lind or the four generations of post-Westphalian warfare. So, we have made ON WAR available on Kindle Unlimited; if you're on Prime or KU, you can check it out at no charge to you. And if it piques your interest, well, there is a bestseller-to-be that you may want to preorder.

And for those of you who are curious why we're so suddenly enamored of KU, well, it works very badly for short, expensive works of the sort that independent scam artists and scam artists who are published by certain SF publishing houses who shall remain nameless were publishing, and that Amazon wished to deter. And it happens to work rather well for long, inexpensive works of the sort we publish. And by "rather well", I mean that we actually do better with a KU copy that is read than a copy that is sold either on Amazon or Castalia. So if you really want to help us out, read one of our books on KU first, then buy it.

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23 Comments:

Blogger luagha November 03, 2015 10:05 PM  

If you are interested enough to start reading a book called 'On War' by William S. Lind, I can't imagine you not finishing it.

Blogger The Other Robot November 03, 2015 10:49 PM  

The big question is, will it get fake reviews as good as this

Blogger Phillip George November 03, 2015 10:49 PM  

borders, boundaries and definable assets/ articles of association.
Without definitions you have no army let alone strategic goals.

The bible left mankind with a strategic goal. Worship God with whole heart, whole mind and whole soul. [the rest is details]

Anonymous Forrest Bishop November 03, 2015 10:55 PM  

Another awesome and mesmerizing post in the category of storytelling: non-fiction.
And something about the cover art of SJWAL and 4GWH over there, top right. For some reason they seem to go together quite nicely.

Anonymous Viidad November 03, 2015 11:01 PM  

Marvelous news. I loved Victoria and will be getting this one too.

Blogger The Other Robot November 03, 2015 11:08 PM  

Got over my dislike of Amazon and pre-ordered it.

Blogger pyrrhus November 03, 2015 11:12 PM  

Note: I just ordered it, and it is Free on Kindle Unlimited, which I have.

Anonymous Donn #0114 November 04, 2015 1:09 AM  

Looks like Google is buying Oyster after letting it 'sunset' mostly by 'sunsetting' the execs over at Oyster and hiring them at Google. Google will be competing with Amazon by renting and selling books. And if they get the right regulatory environment they can be the only ones left standing.

Oyster sells books, oyster rents books unlimited for a small fee. Amazon sells books for about the price of an oyster monthly unlimited rental. Once that moves to google what's left for Amazon? Or maybe google wants to bury oyster? Interesting to see what happens once Oyster is sunset.

Blogger doofus November 04, 2015 1:37 AM  

Yeah, under the current terms, KU is really the cat's meow for long works. I am looking at publishing a ~450 page novel in the next couple of months and pricing it at $3.99 or $4.99. For $4.99 buy, my cut would be about $3.50, or $2.80 for the $3.99 volume. At the typical page conversion of 5:3 for Kindle Normalized Pages to printed pages (KU pays out on their normalized pages), and the seemingly typical payout of $0.005 per page, the same book would net me $3.75, a significantly larger payout than a sale of a volume at either price.

I am not sure how or why Amazon is essentially subsidizing their ebook loan program, but I hope to take advantage of it soon.

Blogger rho November 04, 2015 3:02 AM  

And it happens to work rather well for long, inexpensive works of the sort we publish. And by "rather well", I mean that we actually do better with a KU copy that is read than a copy that is sold either on Amazon or Castalia.

I have a Prime membership. As far as I can tell, "Prime members borrow this title for free on Kindle, Fire tablets and Fire Phone."

For this, I broke out my Kindle. When it figures out it has a charge and can connect to home base, I might be able to borrow the book.

Walled garden indeed.

Blogger Markku November 04, 2015 3:55 AM  

You should also be able to do so with the free Kindle for PC/Mac/Android app, so it's not that walled.

Anonymous LurkingPuppy November 04, 2015 3:58 AM  

@11:

No, that's for KU (the 10 USD/month service). Amazon Prime includes KOLL (‘Kindle Owner's Lending Library’), which is only one book at a time and only for use with Amazon devices.

Blogger Markku November 04, 2015 3:59 AM  

I see.

Blogger rho November 04, 2015 4:16 AM  

You should also be able to do so with the free Kindle for PC/Mac/Android app, so it's not that walled.

I'm not retarded, and I did that retarded part.

It did not show up. I could not make it show up.

Blogger JaimeInTexas November 04, 2015 6:09 AM  

How or why in heck... oh, never mind, I don't want to know. 110 gals drum LOL

Blogger Rantor November 04, 2015 6:18 AM  

Pre ordered... And a few pulp copies of SJWAL, they make great Christmas gifts... Will the next printing be out by then?

Blogger Rantor November 04, 2015 6:19 AM  

Obote, can you get Lind to plug his own book at his blog?

Blogger MendoScot November 04, 2015 8:16 AM  

#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > History > Military > Strategy
#2 in Books > History > Military > Strategy
#3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Politics & Social Sciences > Politics & Government > Specific Topics > Terrorism

Blogger Dave November 04, 2015 8:47 AM  

I hope someday you do a proper book bomb if for no other reason than to make heads explode and truly gauge the support/following at Castalia House et al.

Blogger Were-Puppy November 04, 2015 12:08 PM  

@12 LurkingPuppy
@11:

No, that's for KU (the 10 USD/month service). Amazon Prime includes KOLL (‘Kindle Owner's Lending Library’), which is only one book at a time and only for use with Amazon devices.
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Aha, that's why I couldn't get that to work. I don't have a kindle device, but do have Prime.

Blogger Matamoros November 04, 2015 5:56 PM  

I don't know how good this is, but saw it today and it seems to resonate with the 4G front here:

Want to Protest Successfuly? We`ll Show You How!
http://euromaidanpress.com/2015/11/04/want-to-protest-successfuly-well-show-you-how/

Anonymous FAILBOAT November 04, 2015 6:52 PM  

See if you can get H. J. Poole to talk to you. He is well known within his community of practice, but is mostly obscure outside of it. His company is "posterity press", which seems to be solely a vehicle for publishing his stuff.

Blogger Expendable Faceless Minion November 04, 2015 9:58 PM  

Hey Vox, I plan to KU the book, then buy it. Please give us a head's up on release date, since I doubt I can borrow it once I own it.

Just wanna give a little extra juice...

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