Questions about ordering? Here are the most frequently asked questions, and if there’s something I’ve missed, just email me at email@example.com
How do I pay for my order?
Payment options available are either credit/debit card via PayPal or Stripe (on a Mijireh secure server). Both options have full SSL security, and no payment details are stored on my server.
PayPal supports Visa, Mastercard, American Express and PayPal account.
Stripe supports Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, JCB & Diners Club.
Why is it priced in British Pounds Sterling instead of US Dollars or Euros?
I live in the UK and PayPal’s rules have limited me to pricing in GBP. That’s recently changed, and a US Dollars cart will launch in the next few weeks after additional testing.
In the meantime, the PayPal option calculates the conversion rates and tells you how much you’ll actually be charged in your local currency before finalizing the order. That way you don’t have a surprise on your credit card bill.
Why can’t I purchase from the EU?
On 1 January 2015, changes to EU VAT legislation come into effect for automated digital sales, such as eBooks. The new law requires sales taxation based on the location of the buyer instead of the location of the business. Unfortunately, very few people knew about the changes until the last minute, and such major changes take time to implement.
As a result, automated sales will be blocked for purchasers in EU countries except for the UK (where I’m based). I hope to reinstate them, but information on the repercussions is very limited at the moment.
Update 30/12/14 – Good news! Since I include Premium Membership and personal email support with my book sales, HMRC (UK tax office) are of the opinion that my books don’t fall under the new legislation, and I have that in writing. Phew! So for now, the books remain available worldwide. I’ll be watching developments carefully, so that could change as more information becomes available, but for now it’s life as normal.
I’ve found a discount code – why won’t it work?
Discount codes will only work on orders placed directly through this website, and not for orders placed through other websites such as Amazon. Most discounts have an expiry date too!
I’ve just found a discount code but I’ve already bought the book – can I get a refund?
Sorry, no, discount codes must be entered at the time of purchasing in order to qualify.
How is the eBook delivered?
Delivery is digital – a download link will be displayed as soon as your payment is authorized, and also sent to your email address. If you have any problems, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
How much is shipping/delivery for paperbacks?
Shipping rates only apply to paperback books. Downloads are free to all locations.
Free Shipping available to UK and US. Everywhere else, £5 ($8 US approx.*) per paperback book. Book Depository offers free shipping to a long list of countries and Amazon offer free shipping from each of its local websites too.
How long does paperback delivery take?
Books are shipped direct from the printers in the UK, US or Australia – whichever is closest. They print on demand within 2-5 working days and then ship direct to you. Shipping times vary depending on your location. If you haven’t received your order within 21 days, please let me know, as I’ve never yet had one get lost in transit.
Why is the paperback in B&W instead of color?
I’d love to release the paperback in color, and even better, I’d love to do it spiral bound. Unfortunately, color printing for small publishers is very expensive – the printing cost alone would be higher than the current retail price – so it’s not currently a viable option.
An alternative would be to accept an offer from a large publisher, however that would leave me with very little control over the process. Self-publishing the book has a number of benefits for you:
- Large publishers have long lead times, resulting in the book not being available for months after the Lightroom release date. By self-publishing, I can release the book at almost the same time as the new version of Lightroom becomes available.
- I can offer free eBook copies along with the paperback, so you can read the book in whatever format suits you best, which a large publisher would not have allowed.
- I have direct contact with my readers and can integrate your suggestions and comments. The whole book is designed around real users, and I love hearing from you!
As the book is primarily text and screenshots rather than photographs, it works well in B&W, so it’s not a big problem, but that’s the reasoning behind the decision.
When you order the paperback from this website, you have immediate access to all 3 color eBook formats too. And if you order from somewhere else, such as Amazon, you can register your paperback to access the color eBook downloads.
I bought the eBooks and loved them so much I now want the paperback – do I have to pay full price?
That’s no problem, you can just pay the difference in cost. Just email me at email@example.com and we can arrange the upgrade.