A very quick post to address Amazon’s new policy of showing print-on-demand books not published through CreateSpace as out of stock. I did a longer write-up on my Ask Alianne blog, if anyone is interested, but here is the gist of it:
Amazon is at its tricks again, changing how products are displayed to encourage shoppers to buy their products over other suppliers’. In this case it means my CreateSpace books all appear to be “In Stock”, while the new IngramSpark versions show as “Ships when available in 1-2 days.”
Here’s what I want to stress:
#1 Both of these are print-on-demand items, which means they don’t get produced until someone orders copies. That means neither is ever truly “In Stock”, but both are always, without issue or delay, available. Processing and shipping time is the same for both, regardless of what label Amazon decides to slap on them. Order with confidence, and if you have any issues whatsoever, please let me know so I can look into it and get it resolved.
#2 Both editions of every book are also available at other online bookstores, and some might even have a discount on the IngramSpark versions, which might turn out to be a way better deal for you than Amazon. I know Barnes & Noble did that a few weeks ago. 🙂 The point is, sometimes it pays to shop beyond Amazon’s stronghold.
#3 Both editions of every book are also requestable through your local library. They might not have them in stock, but if you request them, they should be able to order either one without issue.
I now return you to your regularly scheduled Thursday. 🙂