Monday, 13 February 2017

The Portable Wargame book ... is now on sale at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

I understand that the corrected version of my PORTABLE WARGAME book is now on sale on Amazon ...


... and Barnes & Noble ...


... as well as Lulu.com.


It continues to sell quite well (usually a couple of copies per day), but now that it is available from a larger number of retailers, potential purchasers have more choice as to where to buy a copy.

20 comments:

  1. Bob,

    Thank's for the update. I've had the Amazon product page open in my browser for a week or more, tempted by the free delivery on Prime (and the convenience of buying without needing to enter payment details or address) but uncertain whether I'd get the corrected version.

    I've just clicked "Buy Now" so it should be on its way.

    No doubt Amazon will push out an update to the Kindle version at some time. The "Look Inside" view shows version 1.1 but this has not yet reached my reading devices (even after I deleted it and re-downloaded it on my PC),

    All the best,

    Mike

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    1. Mike Hall,

      I know that quite a few people prefer to buy from Amazon rather than Lulu.com because the postage and packing is cheaper (especially if you are a Prime customer). I didn't make an earlier announcement about the book's availability on Amazon and Barnes & Noble until I was able to make sure that they were stocking Version 1.1.

      I hope that you enjoy the book when it arrives.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    2. Bob,

      Just a quick addendum to my comment on the Kindle version. As my copy had not been updated I emailed them this morning and 90 minutes later got a reply saying they'd updated the version in my account and giving me instructions on how to get the updated book onto our devices. This worked fine and I now have version 1.1 on several readers.

      All the best,

      Mike

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    3. Mike Hall,

      I didn't know that Kindle did that! That is a very useful thing to know, and I hope that regular blog readers who have bought the earlier version follow your example.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. My copy from Lulu has arrived. I bought the hardback version. I will sit down over the next few days and have a read. It looks very good.

    Bob

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    1. Bob Kett,

      The hardback edition is proving to be very popular. I hope that you enjoy reading yours.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. Good tip on buying from Amazon. A copy is on its way to me.

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    1. Jonathan Freitag,

      I don't know if Amazon hold stocks of the book, but hopefully it should be with you in a week or so.

      I hope that you enjoy reading it.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    2. With amazon Prime, the book will be in hand in a couple of days!

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    3. Jonathan Freitag,

      I must admit that is what I would expect ... but as far as I know from the sales feed-back I've had from Lulu.com, Amazon have not yet bought any copies of my book.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    4. Now that is interesting. Amazon says the book will be delivered on Thursday. We will see...

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    5. Jonathan Freitag,

      I'll be interested to hear if your book arrives on Thursday. I've just checked my sales report on Lulu.com, and it doesn't show any orders from Amazon. Perhaps they have a shortcut to Lulu.com that doesn't show orders until after they have been filled.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  4. BOB,
    Very pleased for you that your publication is going so well- congratulations. I wrote and illustrated a book back in 1986 concerning Colonial Scratch Modelling for Wargamers- all in 1/72nd scale...the books were sold in the Sydney Metro Area, though the bulk of sales were sent to a kindly gentleman Mr Terrence Wise of 'Athena Books' in the UK...it was all great fun to do the project and at the time I made a good amount of 'Hobby' funds out of it. Cheers. KEV.

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    1. Kev,

      Your book sounds very interesting, and I wish that it was still available.

      I would be making quite a lot of profit from my book if I had stuck to the retail prices suggested by Lulu.com, but I chose to keep my profit margins as low as possible so as to make the book affordable for wargamers who might be on a limited budget. There are a lot of overpriced wargaming books on sale, and I wonder at the prices some people charge for books where style and colour images seem more important than content.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  5. My copy of The Portable Wargame has arrived via Amazon; just need some free time to read through it.

    Greg

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    1. El Grego (Greg),

      I hope that you enjoy reading it.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  6. Bob,

    I have a rules question. The close combat section specifies that a victorious unit can occupy the vacant space of the retreating or destroyed enemy and may execute another close combat. So what happens if the unit was forced back and you opt to advance into the vacant space? Do you fight the defeated unit again?

    Thanks,

    John

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    1. John,

      The simple answer is 'Yes', a unit can follow up a successful victory in Close Combat and fight the retreating enemy unit again ... BUT the follow-up is optional for a reason. It is quite easy for the victorious unit to end up pushing the enemy back and leaving themselves in a dangerous position where the enemy can counter-attack them.

      I hope that this answer is of help.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  7. I suppose the retreating unit would strike back as well? As well, if the defender/non-phasing unit wins could it then follow up and strike again if it wins or does the sequence end there?

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    1. John,

      Only the activated unit (i.e. the attacking unit that has initiated the Close Combat) can follow-up ... and if it loses a follow-up Close Combat and is forced to fall back, the unit it was fighting cannot advance into the vacated grid area.

      All the best,

      Bob

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