Sunday 9 October 2022

Now available on Amazon Sweden and Poland

 New in πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺ and πŸ‡΅πŸ‡±

The English language and German language editions have now been made available for sale as paperbacks on  Amazon Sweden and Poland. below the direct links (see also page «SALE»):

Malta & Gozo - Islands of Cats:  - 185.50 kr
Malta & Gozo - Islands of Cats:  - 81.55 zΕ‚

Thursday 11 August 2022

Islands of Cats Facebook Page closed

As of today, the Islands of Cats Facebook page has been closed due to administrative limitations. Also the Twitter account will be closed soon. 

We will also discontinue to post in this blog, while it stays online as a source of information dedicated to feral cats and the fantastic work of all stray cat carers in Malta and Gozo.

Availability of the book on a print-on-demand and e-book basis on major book sales platforms worldwide including Amazon will remain in place. 

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Tuesday 14 June 2022

Selling 'Malta & Gozo - Islands of Cats' out of Switzerland: Amazon is not for small Suppliers

We have just removed the "Islands of Cats" hardcover edition from all Amazon stores. Reasons? Quite simply, as a small seller on Amazon, you earn next to nothing to amortise your costs and time.

  • Amazon fees (Europe): In order to be reasonably competitive, the selling price must be kept low. Our last price for the hardcover edition was €27.99 / £22.99, which is actually too high for the subject of this book. From this, Amazon deducts a hefty sales fee of €6.65 / £5.88 (and VAT €2.16 Germany) and contributes €3 / £4.02 shipping costs. Makes € 22.18 / £21.13 net for us πŸ‘πŸ». But ....
  • Postage from Switzerland: The hardcover edition weighs 620 grams. On January 1, 2022, Swiss Post merged the Economy and Priority shipping options for shipments to the EU / Europe, and instead of Fr 10 as before (exchange rate today €9.65 / £8.25), Swiss Post now charges double of that, i.e. Fr 20 (€19.30 / £16.50) = net for us €2.88 / £2.50. Unfortunately, as a small seller, you cannot adjust the postage on Amazon, you can only inform the prospective buyer in the product description. πŸ‘ŽπŸΌ
  • Other costs: The color printing of the book (offset) with its 220+ photographs costs around €3 / £2.60 per copy in Malta in 2016. That alone exceeds the income of €2.88 / £2.50, plus the padded envelope, the labels, the printer ink, the trip to the post office, the customer correspondence and the marketing work are not yet paid for. πŸ‘ŽπŸΌ
  • Alternative: Let Amazon do the work and use 'FBA - Fulfillment by Amazon', where the goods are stored in one of Amazon's large warehouses and are also shipped from there. However, this is of no interest to small suppliers, because monthly fees of up to €36 / £25 are incurred plus shipping the stock to the warehouse. If a certain sales target is not reached, then Amazon will charge extra. To recoup these fees, we would have had to sell at least 13 books per month to start making a profit. πŸ‘ŽπŸΌ
  • Public interest: We have also offered the hardcover edition to various Malta-related organisations free of charge, but animal welfare in the Mediterranean does not seem to be of interest. πŸ‘ŽπŸΌ

For all these reasons, and as only a costly campaign could still sell the remaining hardcover editions, we decided to give it away free of charge, subject to packaging and shipping costs » LINK. 

What is still in storage by autumn 2022 will then be thrown away.

The book is still available, showing a new book cover, as print-on-demand together with the Kindle version in the Amazon stores (with similar low profit - the more colour photos, the higher Amazon's printing costs). The book's topic is timeless, the Maltese Islands are always worth a visit, and cat lovers will enjoy the many insights and photographs.