Sunday, December 10, 2017

Castalia Direct print editions

Just in time for Christmas, it is now possible to order print editions directly from Castalia House through our partnership with Aerbook. At least, it is if you happen to live in the USA. So, those of you who have indicated that you'd like an alternative to ordering from Amazon can now do so, and will even, in most circumstances, get a discount from $1 to $3 dollars, depending upon the book in question.

For example, the trade paperback of A THRONE OF BONES is $25.99 instead of the usual $27.99. You will also be able to purchase books from both my Reading List and my Recommended Books List, although that will take a little time to put together. The shipping costs are based on your location, but they are reasonable. In a very few cases, such as The Ames Archives by Peter Grant, the price is actually a little higher than the retail price because we set a lower than usual retail price and discount structure.

Not all of our books are in the system yet, but we're working getting them in there. Castalia authors who are interested in selling their print editions from their own sites should get in touch, as we can put together widgets for your site that will pull the listings directly from the Castalia Direct Bookstore, including your books that we don't publish. And, of course, this will be another way to buy the 24-page comics that we'll be putting on the market next year.

UPDATE: For those who might be interested, I've added a Japanese literature section which includes many of the books I've read in the last three years. And no, I have no idea why six different editions of Kokoro were available but not a single one of Sanshiro.

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Anonymous Looking Glass December 10, 2017 8:08 AM  

Merry Christmas!

I have nothing much to add, but everyone can use a bit of extra Joy. Good to know, though.

Blogger Shimshon December 10, 2017 8:36 AM  

Very exciting development. I buy quite a bit through Amazon, especially since their international delivery has vastly improved, but usually not books, as they are still pricey in that regard.

In fact, I'd prefer to buy ebooks direct from Castalia too, except that there's no order history with the ability to download later revisions, which is a nice feature. I hope that's in the works.

Blogger Manach December 10, 2017 8:50 AM  

Unfortunately it does not seem to work in a EU marketplace as getting a "Aerio does not sell this book in your area" from site.

Anonymous Philipp December 10, 2017 9:39 AM  

I am in Switzerland and I get the message: "Aerio does not sell this book in your area, but please check for availability at your local bookstore."

Blogger VD December 10, 2017 9:49 AM  

Someone else said it's not available in the UK either. So, it looks like US-only. Which makes sense, actually, given all the various VAT rates.

Blogger Dave December 10, 2017 10:33 AM  

I'm given the option of US, Canada, or United Kingdom when entering my address. Shipping is $2.99 Economy or $3.99 Priority to Pennsylvania.

Anonymous Man of the Atom December 10, 2017 10:35 AM  

Philipp wrote:I am in Switzerland and I get the message: "Aerio does not sell this book in your area, but please check for availability at your local bookstore."

Sounds like an opportunity for US/EU gift exchanges for VFM. Dread Ilk, and Ilk, though postage may be a bit stiff.

Blogger Dave December 10, 2017 10:59 AM  

Shipping is $2.99 Economy or $3.99 Priority to Pennsylvania.

That was for one (smaller) book. Probably weight-related as the monster ATOB was $3.49 Economy/$6.99 Priority. Multiple books (not including ATOB) started at $3.49 Economy/$4.99 Priority went to $4.49 UPS Ground.

Blogger Last Redoubt December 10, 2017 12:09 PM  

The John C Wright books that were originally TOR published - I take it TOR still gets a cut?

Blogger VD December 10, 2017 12:27 PM  

The John C Wright books that were originally TOR published - I take it TOR still gets a cut?

Normally yes, but at this point, I don't know. It looks like most of them are out of print so I expect Tor dumped them some time ago. It's a little suspicious that book three from the series is not even in the system, nor are three of the five from the other series, and neither of the Mists books.

Blogger Hen December 10, 2017 3:20 PM  

Oh gosh, VD, I really am enjoying this stellar performance of Castalia House. For a moment there I had a peripheral image of moving over to make way for the new guy. I think y'all can take Bezos. Soon.

Blogger kevmalone December 10, 2017 3:52 PM  

That'll teach me to do my Christmas shopping early.

Anonymous 8859 ways to be adorable. December 10, 2017 4:17 PM  

The next step will be

"Vile Faceless Minions in Space"

Bezos funds his space program by selling a bit of Amazon stock each year.

We can do it by selling the kidneys of our foes.

Anonymous oranjeblanjeblou December 10, 2017 4:54 PM  

For those outside North America Book Depository is an option. Free delivery worldwide.

A Throne of Bones: Hardback, Paperback

The Ames Archives: Hardback, Paperback

Blogger Mr Traumaboyy December 10, 2017 8:29 PM  

Awesome! Have had no issues with Amazon so far but have just been getting Ebooks. Has been a wonderful year for books for me. Throne of Bones, Sea of Skulls, The Missionaries, Hitler In Hell, No Gods only Diamons, and a whole bunch of There will be Wars added to my normal consumption of the classics. Look forward to what next year brings!! Merry CHRISTmas gang!!!

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit December 11, 2017 12:05 PM  

Thanks. Just wrapping up this year's niece & nephew orders.

Some classic children's books that would be great to give next year to the gang (were they available)

Nine Coaches Waiting, or The Moon Spinners by Mary Stewart (teen girls)
The Mouse & His Father by Russel Hoban
The Hawk that Dare Not Hunt by Day by Scott O'Dell
Mouse Tales, and More Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel
The Devil's Storybook & the Devil's Other Storybook by Natalie Babbit
Caddie Woodlawn (Trina Schyart Hyman edition) by Carol Ryrie Brink.
The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnet (Tasha Tudor illos)
Any of the Thurber short stories/storybooks: Many Moons, The Thirteen Clocks, etc.
Half Magic by Edward Eager
Once on a Time by A.A. Milne

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