Are the books glossy and hard cover?
No, that would be expensive (over 1000 pages in 5 volumes) and so restrict how often we can bring out new editions.
This is not a glossy picture book, but rather a guide filled with up-to-date information to help you plan and implement a great cruise. It has a soft glossy cover and the inside is printed on standard matte paper.
I don't see my country.
Don't worry, just use Amazon Global. They ship anywhere.
Why aren't the prices the same at all stores?
We suggest a retail price of €42 each for volumes 2,3&4 and €25 each for volumes 1&5.
However, we have no control over what the stores charge, and given that we are not able to give stores a big discount (those days are gone thanks to Amazon), we can't blame them if they ask a bit more. Right now Datema and Amazon Global seem to be the best deal.
I have Amazon in my country but it's not listed.
Some Amazon stores aren't carrying the Guide yet, but that's changing quickly, so if you want to check, just go to your Amazon store and enter "Norwegian Cruising Guide 8" (without the quote marks) to see if that has changed. Make sure you don't order an earlier edition by accident.
Some Amazon stores are quoting 2 month delivery.
Let's see if I can put this politely...that's bullshit! Our printer ships books within a week of an order from a seller and shipping takes only a few days, so even if they are out of stock the maximum should be about two weeks.
Not sure why Amazon is doing this, but most likely it's some marketing game to get you to buy from one of their sales partners.
One option is Amazon Global, which has the Guide in stock and ships quickly.
What about the offers of used Guides on Amazon?
Obviously we would prefer if you bought new, but hey, if you save some money and a tree gets saved too, we are cool with that.
However, be very careful. Some of these offers are bogus. We know this because they were offering secondhand 8th Edition books before we had shipped the first one!
So make absolutely sure they are not trying to sell you an earlier edition.
Can I buy the books directly from you?
We no longer sell books directly because it's a lot easier for you to buy them from a marine bookstore in your area, or one that can put a complete package together of everything you need for a cruise to Norway,
or from Amazon, where you may already have an account and where you will probably get free shipping.
I still can't find a way to order the paper books.
That's terrible. Please contact us and we will figure out a way to get the Guide to you, even if we have to bring it by sail on our boat...well, not really, but we will find a way.
Can I sell the books in my bookstore?
Yes, please, that would be great. You can either buy the books through Ingram, or by contacting us directly. Either way, tell us you are selling our books and we will add your store to the list of sources.
Volume 1, General Cruising Infomation
Volume 2, Sweden (west coast) and Norway to Bergen
Volume 3, Bergen to Bodø
Volume 4, Bodø to the Russian border, including Lofoten
Volume 5, Bjørnøya, Svalbard and Jan Mayen.
Can I read the Guide on my phone?
Technically, the answer is yes, but the bigger question is will you be happy doing that?
The Guide is a fixed layout book so the text does not flow and you can't change the size—text reflow works great for books that are mostly text, but is terrible for guide books with lots of photos and formatting.
The result is that on a phone you will be zooming in and out a lot, although a larger phone is usable.
Bottomline, a tablet, even a small one—we have tested the iPad Mini and it's great—provides the best experience.
I have a Macintosh computer and no tablet.
Not to worry, you are all good. Just buy the Guide on iBooks and then, if you don't already have it, download iBooks onto your Macintosh using the Mac App Store (it's free).
I have a Windows computer and no tablet.
We also like to use a computer for most things, so we understand where you are coming from. That said, reading the Guide really does work a lot better on a tablet, and now that you can buy an Android tablet from companies like Samsung for less than €200, getting one makes a lot of sense, particularly since you can use it for a lot of other things as well.
You can also get inexpensive waterproof cases so that you can safely read your eBook Guide in the cockpit.
That said, if you still want to use your Windows computer, please see the next question.
What about reading the Guide with Google Play Books in a browser on my computer? Google say I can do that.
Yes, you can do that, but there's a limitation: None of the links (external or internal) work. Google tell us this is "Intended Behaviour", which makes no sense to us, but there it is.
That said, if you wish to read your Guide on a Windows PC, this is the best alternative.
I have a different eBook reader, like a Sony eReader or Barnes & Nobel Nook.
Google say that you can use either of these and some others to read the Guide after buying it on Google Play Books. However, there are some steps to go through to make that happen, and we have not tested this.
Will you be selling PDF eBooks?
No, not good for you, not good for us:
- Channels like iTunes® and Google Play® allow you to buy with one click on an account you probably already have.
- Apple and other channels automatically download your Guide to all your devices. Much easier than manually downloading and transferring PDFs.
- PDF eBooks are yesterday's technology. Rightly or wrongly, the future of eBooks lies with ePub, the format used by iBooks® and Google Books®.