Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Bowker's First Chapter

Bowker is the company that owns ISBN numbers in USA. Also, they pretend to be experts in book sales... I just got their advertising:

Exhibit your book with First Chapter!
Be the first on line to have your book's First Chapter viewed by bookstore, library, distributor, and consumer book buyers with our valued program!
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The First Chapter, Premier Annotations, and BookWire Reviews programs offer you a way to diversify your selling abilities and easily reach a wide range of potential book buyers. We are now offering a special combination package for just $999, a savings of over $400!

Let's see... First, they think that I am a complete idiot and use "savings of over $400" - a marketing ploy any five yearold American does not fall for anymore. Sure, I am already hurrying up... Now, let's see. An income from a book sale is at best a few dollars. If you sell a book through Amazon Adavntage, it's about 3-5 dollars -- at best. Now, I should sell $999/3 = 333 book to merely cover this advertising costs before I will see any profit at all... Errr...