This is crazy, just crazy. I shipped a copy of HWS Vol. III, value $65 USD, to a buyer in Switzerland a couple of days ago and the cost for the only available shipping (U.S. Priority Mail International) had increased to $80.60 USD! Since I had not updated my web site, I ate the increase. To be fair, the box could have included 20 pounds maximum of stuff, and the Vol. III only weighed 4 pounds 13 ounces. But two copies would not fit in the medium size box.
Shipping the same book to Dwight Jackson in Canada would have been $54.65 USD, which is at least less than the value of the book itself. Other rates: $80. 60 USD to France, Germany, Netherlands, and Norway, countries I routinely ship to. Russia (sorry, Max) is up to $94.35. If I ship a book to His Lordship Martin Golland in the UK, it will cost him $83.65 to get that $65 book.
This impacts all cartridge collectors worldwide and explains why my next book, on Dardick Trounds, will be available as both a bound, printed book and as an e-book. In fact, I’m working on my Gyrojet book, Revised, to include all the supplemental chapters and other new information, and it will also be available, perhaps only, as an e-book.
Shipping printed pieces of paper overseas sucks. It’s way too expensive and the buyer has little to show for an expense that could have been much better spent on an e-book via the internet. Now, the question is: How do I do an e-book. Stay tuned.