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A New Direction

The coming days, as I move toward the publication of the 2nd novel of the Shadow Warriors series, Day of Reckoning, will also mark a business shift for me as an independent author. After a year and a half of difficulty dealing with Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and the other e-book retailers, I will be taking the electronic editions of both Pandora’s Grave and Sword of Neamha and making them exclusive to Amazon and the Kindle.

This is not a decision I make lightly, indeed it is one that I have resisted making since the Kindle exclusivity program, KDP Select, debuted in December of 2011. But ultimately it is the best decision for my business and thus the one I am determined to see through.

So, how does this affect you? First of all, if you are a member of Amazon Prime, it means you will now be able to “borrow” my books for free, through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

If you do not, however, own a Kindle, there will still be options available for you to read my books. Kindle apps are available for your iPhone, iPad, and even other e-readers such as the Nook.

For those that don’t own an e-reader at all, both books will still be available in paperback, and those with a computer can always download Kindle for PC, a very reliable free program that I have used for over a year.

In short, I see few downsides for either myself or my readers in this change, and I look forward to taking this new direction into the new year. Thank you all once again for your support. Keep the e-mails coming, I enjoy hearing from you and always respond personally.

Regards,

Stephen England

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