The Mystery of the Peatmore Press Amazon Paperback Novels

July 23, 2018

Listings for the paperback versions of Peatmore Press novels have disappeared from amazon.com and amazon.co.uk with one exception; the exception being my first novel, “Cogrill’s Mill,” on amazon.com.  This novel is still listed as being available from my Company, “Peatmore Press,” as an independent trader at $10.00 plus postage and packing which is about right.  The listings of the company’s other novels have been removed from amazon.com and there are no listings for any paperback book from Peatmore Press as an independent trader on amazon.co.uk.

Peatmore Press’s status as an independent trader was removed from amazon.co.uk about a year or so ago, presumably because we did not sell enough books through the Amazon web page.  That is understandable because as a retailer Amazon has a perfect right not to sell any books it does not deem profitable.  But there is another exception which is quite staggering as one independent seller is advertising Cogrill’s Mill at a staggering $615.72 on amazon.com and an another for an outrageous £2,431.99 on amazon.co.uk. (See www.amazon.com/dp/B005NACKBY and www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005NACKBY).  I call this staggering and outrageous as Cogrill’s Mill is available through the Peatmore Press website (www.peatmore.com) and can be ordered through any bookseller for £6.99 (for peatmore.com there is an additional charge of £2.01 for postage and packing).

This occurrence is not by any means unique.  Check out the article by Shaunacy Ferro (see https://tinyurl.com/yd7m7q8x) with regard to “One Snowy Knight” a historical romance novel by Deborah MacGillivray, which at one point a paperback version was advertised on amazon.com for $2800.  This advert has since been removed, but the article makes interesting reading.  It will also be interesting how long these highly expensive adverts on Amazon stay listed following the publication of this blog.

My kindle ebook versions of the Peamore Press novels continue to be listed on Amazon as they continue to sell or have been available under various promotion deals approved by us.  My own theory is that the listings for paperbacks have been removed as Amazon would prefer it if we republished these paperbacks using their own publishing service known as Create Space.  This is just a theory so I may be wrong about this.

But if anyone who reads this can tell me how this phenomenon has been allowed to happen.  I would be interested to hear from you.

Keith Jahans

This image was copied from the amazon.co.uk Cogrill’s Mill book page on 22 July 2018.  The Kindle edition normally retails at £4.00 but on this day the price was reduced to £0.99 as part of a short term book promotion run with Peatmore Press approval.  But look how the price differs from the paperback offer, which does not meet with Peatmore Press approval!

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Book Review – Game Changer: Eight Weeks that Transformed British Politics by Steve Howell

July 12, 2018

This is a must read for anyone who wishes to understand the processes that go on inside political campaigning in British politics.  It is told by an insider who helped organise Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign during the 2017 British General election.  It is therefore unashamedly biased towards the philosophies of the Labour Party so if you are a supporter of any other British political party, particularly the Conservative Party, many of the views expressed here will be extremely hard to take.  But even so anyone who actively supports such parties will find a great deal to learn from the events described by the Author.

When Prime Minister, Theresa May called a snap election in April that year no one in the mainstream media gave Corbyn a chance.  His party appeared in turmoil as a large proportion of Labour MPs had tried twice to unseat him as leader and the Labour Party was so far behind the Conservatives in the polls.  Consequently, May saw it as an opportunity to strengthen her position as Prime Minister and leader of her Party ahead of her negotiations to take Britain out of the European Union.  However, such was the success of the Corbyn campaign that, despite being unable to topple May’s premiership, their individual political standings within their own parties were reversed.

It was a remarkable turnaround in the positions of the two party leaders and it is a story that is extremely well told.  It is a narrative that the Conservatives will seek to put far behind them but for anyone interested in British politics it is an account that should be read.  The book is skilfully written and contains lots of facts and footnotes relating to broadcast and newspaper reporting at the time.  This is not surprising given the author’s background in journalism and in time it should serve as a useful reference for anyone wishing to look back and study what must surely be a significant event in Britain’s political history.

 

Keith Jahans

Published by Accent Press in
hardcover, paperback and as an ebook


Summertime Reading

July 6, 2018

Summer is here and there is no better time to spend the day outside reading on lazy sunny days.  It will soon be the holiday season in the northern hemisphere so choose some books to take with you to while away idle relaxing moments.

It is a good time for authors and publishers to release books so that bookstores at airports, train stations and holiday resorts can stock up to help travellers make those last minute purchases.  Peatmore Press is no exception and has launched its fourth novel which is the first I have released under my own name.  It is a crime thriller and I am told by those who have had a chance to turn the pages that it is a good read.  But see for yourself and let me know how you feel about it.

Keith Jahans

Published on 2 July 2018
and can be bought by following the links at
http://peatmore.com/magicbullets.htm

 


Book Review – Book Cover Design Formula by Anita Nipane

June 23, 2018

I was invited to download a review pdf copy of this guide by the author and I was most certainly glad I did.  The book cover is usually the first feature to draw a potential reader’s attention.  It is therefore essential to make it as appealing as possible to the eye while at the same time capturing the essence of what the book is about.  It is one of the hardest ingredients of the book to get right.

Mainstream writers will probably employ a professional designer but for the self publisher this investment will mostly prove too expensive.  Some are lucky in that they may know of a student going through Art College who will produce an acceptable cover at a low fee, or even for free, for a chance to include it in their CV.  Others might know of a family member or friend who is willing to do this for them cheaply or again for free.  There are also cut price offers online from sites such as Fiverr.  But often the cover they produce will not be of good quality.  The alternative is to attempt to do it yourself which invariably leads to a mess.  But this book guides the do-it-your-self publisher through the process while pointing out the pitfalls of such an approach along the way.

I was fortunate to acquire the guide when I was about to launch my forthcoming novel, “Magic Bullets”.  I am most glad I did but only time and the comments I expect to receive from those who follow my work will allow me to reflect accurately whether I made the right choice.  However, I do know that the final cover choice was down to me and not the fault of this guide or its author.  I thoroughly recommend it for any writer even those who employ professional help as it will prove invaluable in choosing between the various designs such a professional might come up with.

Keith Jahans


Available on Amazon’s Kindle Store.

 


Book Review – Quota by Jack Bold

June 11, 2018

A frightening account of what could happen in a future society.

Jack Bold is the penname for the writing partnership of Brian Bold and Jackie Green.  The authors have put together an excellently crafted novel.  The characters are believable and, as in the case of all good narratives, drive the plot.  The story centres on the activities of one family living in an all too credible dystopian world where people have the length of their lifespan determined by the government.

The scientific basis for the increase in dementia as being due to consuming meat from cloned GM cattle was sketchy as was the case of these animals having a mild case of mad cow disease.  Dementia is a health problem in the developed world and it might have been better that the authors left it as that and not speculated on its cause.

Despite this minor point, I found the tale completely absorbing and my desire to discover how the central characters would fare kept me reading right to the end.

Keith Jahans

 

Quota is published by Amazon CreateSpace


Book Review – Worst-Case Scenario: a short story by Paul Falk

May 29, 2018

All life on earth is doomed to be destroyed by an approaching asteroid.  This is the scenario depicted by Paul Falk and described mostly in the first person by narrator, James Stone.  When the impending doom is announced by television media wholesale panic ensues and the frightening situation Stone finds himself in leads him to take desperate measures.

It is possible the story can be thought as an indictment of modern day gun carrying American society.  I don’t think the method used to switch to a different point of view at the end of the story worked.  But I did sympathise with the central character and my concern for his welfare, and those closest to him, kept me absorbed to the end.

Keith Jahans


Available at Amazon Kindle Store for $1.34 / £0.99


Book Review – Caged by Paul Falk

May 26, 2018

This is a novella written in the first person.  The story reads like an official report.  But this is okay as the protagonist, Jack Toback, is a government servant brought up through the ranks of a USA prison service.  He makes some small attempts at humour, which though few, fit into his personality.

He is put in charge of a revolutionary correctional facility run by robots and there is a great deal of description about their development and how they work.  Although the narrative is set in the future it is very relevant to the current time as the use of electronic technology and robots are becoming more integrated into our society.  The story left a number of issues unresolved.  This is not a unique or bad idea as it keeps the reader thinking about the various forces influencing the outcome of the automated prison experiment.

There is certainly potential here to expand the plot further and develop it into a novel or as a series of shorter stories.  The detailed style of writing may not be to everyone’s taste but it locked me in to turning the pages of my Kindle right to the end.  I can recommend it to any lover of dystopian fiction.

Keith Jahans

Caged is available on Amazon’s Kindle Store for $1.40 / £0.99