Bookshops in Malaysia tend to buy local books in tiny orders: like 5 copies at a time. Restocking can take time, so lots of potential buyers give up or forget buying books they were once interested in.
Another problem is that overseas buyers tend to be slapped with HUGE postal fees. Like the book I reviewed on Thursday that costs RM32 in Malaysia (less then US$10) but retails over Amazon at an amazing US118.
This is partially because books, magazines and other goods sent via Malaysian ordinary post tend to go "missing". I have lost so much valuable post that I only use registered mail. And for things that are valued at more than RM50, I use courier services. It's just not worth the risk posting stuff here. So book sellers making overseas sales quote overnight courier service rates. Not only does that jack up the price tremendously, but it also annoys me that the courier makes more money than author and publisher - combined!
So for those of you like Mishcat who've asked about Katz Tales and Logomania, I'm offering the following deal. I will send books via registered air mail. Delivery takes about 2 weeks to Europe and North America. For Malaysians who don't live near a book shop, or whose shop hasn't got stock, I'm using Post Laju as it works out the same.
You can see previews and excepts by clicking on the book covers. If you then want to buy a copy, email me at ewATlepak.com and give me your address. I'll send you an invoice via Paypal. Prices for posting 1 copy are posted here. If you want to buy more than one copy, or one copy of each, email me and I'll check out best postage prices for you.
Katz Tales: Living Under The Velvet Paw
West Malaysia Pos Laju: RM33
Sabah and Sarawak Pos Laju: RM36
USA registered airmail: RM49 (US$16)
UK, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands registered airmail:RM44 (Euros 11, UK pounds 9)
Australia registered airmail: RM41 (Australian $15)
Singapore registered airmail: RM40 (Singapore $17)
Logomania: Where Common Phrases Come From And How To Use Them
West Malaysia Pos Laju: RM38
Sabah and Sarawak Pos Laju: RM41
USA registered airmail: RM61 (US$19)
UK, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands registered airmail:RM55 (Euros 13, UK pounds 11)
Australia registered airmail: RM49 (Australian $17)
Singapore registered airmail: RM49 (Singapore $21)