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Email From Amazon: New Release from James Paterson for You


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Initial post: Aug 20, 2013, 12:40:15 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013, 12:43:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 20, 2013, 12:43:58 PM PDT
WHICH book? Link, please?

Oh, and did the link perhaps take you to a paper version, and you need to click on "Kindle" version?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013, 12:55:42 PM PDT
He puts out a book nearly every month, so you'll have to be specific. Also, from whom did you receive the email? Amazon? eReaderIQ?

If the latter, it might have been a notice of a reduction in price. Those, especially for new books, may last only minutes. So the price might have been correct when the email was sent, but might have changed by the time you read the email.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013, 1:11:15 PM PDT
kajola says:
I got the same (or similar) email. It was sent on Sunday. It must have been a temporary price.

Gone (Michael Bennett)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013, 1:16:25 PM PDT
That's also a pre-order. There might have been a lightning deal for a very limited time. How does the email word it?

Posted on Aug 20, 2013, 1:16:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 20, 2013, 1:17:11 PM PDT
Artist says:
Several times, Patterson's publishers has offered a book at a reduced price just to get his numbers up and get the book on the NYT bestseller lists. One time, the offer only lasted for an hour.

Edited for clarity.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013, 1:23:00 PM PDT
kajola says:
email just says: New Release from James Patterson for You
Gone (Michael Bennett)
James Patterson
Release date: September 30, 2013
Kindle Edition: $7.49
Hardcover: $16.80

Gives the book description

Does not say how long the price is good.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013, 1:25:33 PM PDT
Right. They never do. It may be that Amazon doesn't know how long the price will last. All they might know is that the price is $X right now.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013, 1:34:23 PM PDT
kajola says:
I see they listed this book for $7.49 on the discount thread on Thursday, so the price must have been good for a few days at least.

http://www.amazon.com/forum/kindle/ref=cm_cd_et_md_pl?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1D7SY3BVSESG&cdMsgID=Mx3CE3QO5ETA4UJ&cdMsgNo=7705&cdPage=309&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx21IOMDHFFQ32I#Mx3CE3QO5ETA4UJ

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013, 1:41:09 PM PDT
What was the date & time of the email?

Posted on Aug 20, 2013, 1:41:31 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013, 1:43:58 PM PDT
Time stamp was 10:49 AM. That's early for me on Sunday.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013, 1:45:47 PM PDT
Willow3X3 says:
Does James Patterson ever even write his own books anymore? (Honestly curious. I've never enjoyed his books, but my mother used to.)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013, 1:49:01 PM PDT
JayneAJ says:
James Patterson's publisher, Hatchette Group is the seller and they're the ones setting the price. Amazon would have no way of knowing how long a book sold by Hatchette or any other publisher will stay at a particular price.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013, 1:49:02 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
The price can be different if you are in a different country. Like many products, the price can change rapidly.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013, 1:49:53 PM PDT
They must not be able to say with certainty how long it will last. The capricious publishes decide price.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013, 1:50:34 PM PDT
From what I understand, he still writes the outlines, but the ghost writers flesh it out.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013, 1:52:09 PM PDT
kajola says:
My email was 1:31PM on Sunday
I don't know if that is my local time (EDT) or Amazon time (PDT)

It didn't matter much to me. I don't spend a lot of time on the computer on the weekends, so I don't usually bother looking at stuff like that if it is a day or two old already.

And, yes, there is the standard disclaimer in small, light gray print at the bottom.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013, 2:02:06 PM PDT
Willow3X3 says:
Thanks!

Posted on Aug 20, 2013, 2:09:45 PM PDT
If the email says it is coming from Amazon they have the responsibility to know what is being said and done under their name and back it up and that is exactly what they did for me today. I'm not happy about the way they are doing business, but I am happy that they did something to rectify the bogus pricing scheme. I can't get the $4.00 promo fee they charged to my account off the James Patterson book but I can take it off something else on Amazon. I have a subscription for coffee delivery from amazon and I believe they will take it off that next order. It is a wait and see game.
Am

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013, 2:12:27 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Prices change all the time. If you bought a loaf of bread in the grocery store today for $2.49, you can't expect it to be that price tomorrow unless they advertise "price good until August 24, 2013".
It's not a "bogus pricing scheme". It's how the market place works.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013, 2:13:29 PM PDT
What bogus pricing scheme? That was the price when the email was sent. It doesn't mean that will be the price when the email is read.

Amazon isn't resposible for Hachette's pricing strategy.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013, 2:16:53 PM PDT
Rogue says:
I believe he writes the Alex Cross books solo.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013, 2:18:25 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013, 2:21:22 PM PDT
No, they gave you $4.00 because they want to keep the customer happy. Hachette changed the price of the book, so Amazon can no longer sell it to you for the promo price.

The price changed between the time they sent the email and the time you read the email. It happens.
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