Bookseller appreciation day

October 19th, 2009

The Rough Guide to Manga is now on sale everywhere.

I know what you’re already thinking: “Ohhhh boy, here we go, Writer Boy’s gonna start shamelessly plugging his book now.” But while it would be nice if you bought a copy *cough*or10*cough*, shameless self-promotion’s not what I wanted to do. Although today’s topic is certainly related to book sales.

See, this morning I did a search on Amazon for the book — partly to see if the book had gone into “in stock” status as promised today, partly as a vanity thing (it’s the 444,866th bestselling book! YES! Look out, Manga Guide to Molecular Biology, I’m GUNNING FOR YOU!), and partly to see how much Amazon and its network of sellers were selling it for. It’s the last thing that turned up the most … intriguing … data of all. Take a look at this screen grab taken around 9:30 this morning:

Such nice discounts! ... for the most part.

Okay. 32 percent off cover price, I can dig. $12.24 –  calculated by a handy-dandy online percentage change calculator as 35.5 percent off — even better. But 12 percent more for a used copy? And that’s the cheapest of the four? (For the record, prices go up to $26.60 in that section.) Umm. Well. Something tells me that if you bought something under the used section for those prices, you may not need a guide to manga. You may need a guide to common sense instead.

Oh well. I suppose prices could have been worse, hmm?

8 Responses to “Bookseller appreciation day”

  1. AniMatsuri:

    Maybe the used ones are gold plated? ;)

  2. Jason S. Yadao:

    @AniMatsuri: LOL! I’d love to say they’re signed copies, except no one’s sent me any copies to sign yet. ^_~

  3. lesperry:

    Hey Jason, now it is $13.67 and #293,068 in Books! You are a rising star!

  4. sidney o:

    Ohhhhh….. i thought it was the rough guide to mango……..

  5. Jason S. Yadao:

    @lesperry: You mean the price went UP, and people are buying even MORE? THAT IS AWESOME! Maybe if Amazon sold it at the same prices as those “used” prices, it might actually crack #100,000! XD

  6. Jason S. Yadao:

    @sidney o: That’s the sequel. ^_~

  7. Otaku Ohana » Blog Archive » I am MANGA:

    [...] love us some … or more specifically, we love it when we can do blog posts around certain screen grabs from that site. Here’s another one to add to our growing body of work on that [...]

  8. @Julietavro:

    Make sure you post on a regular basis. I’ve nothing better to do.

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