Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet — going cheap… Gone :-(
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Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet — going cheap… Gone :-(

update… GONE cheap. Unfortunately, these books went up to full price within hours of me posting this. I did enjoy the Lost Fleet books I’ve read before, but didn’t feel  they were special enough to justify the much higher price than that charged by self-published authors. I guess the sale worked for the publisher. Big time! Just take a look in the screen cap below at the clean sweep the series is making of the charts right now. I wonder how sustainable that is at the higher price. Good luck to them, anyway.

The Lost Fleet is a very popular space fleet series. Even here in Bedford, England, the science fiction shelves in the book stores, and the library where I do much of my writing, are filled with these books. I’ve read some and think there very good with what I thought was a good emphasis on fleet tactics, and more of a feel for economics and social world-building than a lot of books (which sounds dull — it isn’t, it just feels well thought out). I noticed on amazon.co.uk that the Kindle editions for the second and subsequent books in the series (not the first one) are on sale at  99p each. So I filled my boots. On amazon.com they’re cheap too.




  1. SGT MIKE says:

    His books look great, but at $8 USD per book, I can’t afford to get hooked to another series right now/ I will definitely check him out though, soon-ish.

  2. SGT MIKE says:

    PS: Why did you put a book in your boot? Won’t that stretch your shoes out? Plus, your books will begin to smell of stale sweat and various and sundry foot odors!!

  3. ruopp says:

    Hi Tim,

    I just checked Campbell’s page in Amazon US and UK and both have normal prices.

    Not that I was interested in buying them because I already did it a couple of years ago and got mad with this author when I found out how greedy he was. Not because the price he asked for his books but essentially because he dared to ask more money for a kindle book than for a paperback version. It seems he has corrected that by just $-.50 difference.

    I bought 8 of his books and promised myself to not buy a single one after what I found out.

    He’s not a bad author but from now on he has no place in my library.

    If someone knows how to transfer rights for Amazon kindle books from one Amazon’s account to another, I’ll gladly give these 8 ebooks away.

  4. ruopp says:


    I just found out that I can lend ebooks (https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200549320).

    If you’re interested in reading these book and if you have a kindle I can send them to you. If you’re interested, just ask Tim to send you my e-mail so you can contact me and I’ll be able to send them to you.

    Even if you don’t have a kindle, you can download the kindle reader to your pc and read the book.

    • timctaylor says:

      That’s a generous offer, Hans. Happy if I can help out. To be fair to the author, the pricing decisions might be decided more by his publisher.

      • ruopp says:


        even if the decision is made by the publisher it’s outrageous and even be a reason to pursue in justice the publisher. How can someone justify that a paperback version costs less than an electronic version?

        Paperback have ink , paper, labor, shipping, handling, etc. more than an electronic version so there is no justification for that and if the author agrees he’s an accomplice.

      • timctaylor says:

        Indeed, stand up and take the bow, Titan books. Admittedly in the UK currently, the publisher has to add 20% to the price for eBooks but not for print. However, the marginal cost of producing each extra eBook is nearly zero (Amazon charges a fee), so I don’t accept eBooks should be more than print. And in any case, I think from what you’re saying, you purchased when the eBook VAT rate was charged at Luxembourg rates (5%, I think). So it’s even worse. And while the writing was fine, the eBook I purchased of the first Lost Fleet a year ago was not well produced. It looked as if the text was scanned in from the paperback. It didn’t distract too much from the writing, but I expect better for a premium priced product.

      • ruopp says:

        I don’t really remember when I bought his books. At the start, I was an Amazon client in Europe (FR and DE) which offer the best price. French site uses to charge the double for certain items than DE (kindle devices included).

        Later on I decided to migrate my account to US as I bought all my books in English (mostly sci-fi and a few of IT).

        Even then I noticed that Campbell charged more for ebooks than for paperback ones. And now I’m talking about US Amazon site. This guy has a good imagination but he stinks more than human crap.

        He even dare to say that he has 2 autistic children. Who in control of his/hers own faculty will use their children to talk about himself.

        I saw that as a pitiful attempt to say: “buy my books, I have 2 autistic children that need the money

        Everybody has it’s own problems but most people don’t use it to make people be charitable on them. IMO Campbell do.

    • ruopp says:

      Please Tim could you please send my e-mail to Mike?

  5. SGT MIKE says:

    I guess I tend to cut other parents of autistic kids a lot of slack, because with two special needs kids I know how crazy that can be.

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