Saturday, 21 October 2017

Books for Trafalgar Day (And Other Times Too!)


The time has come for me to send my annual message that the best way to celebrate Trafalgar Day is to pour out a pink gin and consider what books to buy and read as the nights lengthen.*

*With apologies to our Southern Hemisphere readers.

Sadly, due to an outbreak of lurgy among the Diplomatist family, the anniversary has crept up on us and I've not been able to prepare anything by way of a special offer or interesting post. 

The best thing I could come up with was to rummage through our 'to-do' piles and clear the back-log of naval items.  Accordingly, I've added 18 new titles covering naval history from the Armada to the Soviet Navy.  What to see them and other goodies?  Go and look at our Naval Section!

Friday, 14 July 2017

New Stock


As those that follow us on Facebook already know,* we were lucky enough to buy a nice collection  of military history books this week.  I'm starting to get them online today and hope to finish within the week, so keep an eye out, particularly in our Napoleonic, Naval and World War I sections...

I hope there's something there for you!

*They know most things first - why not join them!

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

2017 Membership Discount Scheme

Some of you will remember that earlier in the year (before we had our computer problems) we discussed setting up some sort of scheme to reward return customers.

There are many benefits for both us as sellers and you as buyers in having an on-going relationship.  If we know your wants and interests we can offer you first refusal on books as they come it: a quick sale for us; and a need filled for you.  There is no cost involved in this - just drop us an e-mail!

Diplomatist Membership Scheme 2017

The following Membership Scheme is set-up with the unabashed aim of us getting some cash up-front.  This will enable us to increase and improve our stock and other services we provide.  We hope it also provides a real benefit to our customers.

The prices are set on the basis of the benefit you may get in the remaining six months of 2017.

  • A - The UK Postal Offer - £10.00.  Free postage on all orders.  This level will open to UK addresses only.
  • B - The World Postal Offer - £15.00.  Overseas postage set at the flat rate of £5.00 per parcel.  This level open to customers world-wide.
  • C - The Discount Offer - £10.00.  A 10% reduction on the cost of all books and products (excluding postage).  This level open to customers world-wide.
  • D - The UK Bumper Offer - £18.00.  A combination of A and C.  10% off and free postage.  Again, open to UK addresses only.
  • E - The World Bumper Offer - £23.00.  A combination of B and C.  10% off and postage at the flat rate of £5.00 per parcel.

Apply by sending us an e-mail.

This is by way of an experiment.  If there is the demand it will be repeated in 2018 in one form or another.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Soviet History



We're about half-way between the centenaries of the two Russian revolutions of 1917 and I'm aware that we have a fair number of books on Soviet History, but no 'one-stop-shop' to point people to.

Until now!   Click here for a list of Soviet goodies; from the Revolution, to studies of Stalin's crimes, the Great Patriotic War, the Cold War, and the eventual fall of the USSR.  And for a little light relief, some Soviet art and a photo study of Soviet Bus Stops...*

*The book on bus stops sold with four hours of listing - sometimes you have to be snappy!

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Weekend Flash Sale!



Well, we've finally got our laptop back from the repair shop and set up again.  No more messing about with teeny-tiny keyboards on mobile devices!

To celebrate we are having a flash sale!

All orders placed to us direct (ie, not through AbeBooks, Amazon or BiblioDirect) between now and midnight (BST) on Sunday will receive a 20% discount (not including postage).

Don't know how to contact us?  See here.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Computer Problems



I apologise for the lack of updates here and on Facebook, but we've been having computer problems, which have resulted in me trying to run the Diplomatist Empire from a smart phone.

Rest assured that we've been receiving e-mails and able to process orders.  It has, however,  meant that we've not added any new stock to the various selling platforms.  On the bright side, new stock has been piling up, so when the problems have been solved (which may or may not be now) there will be lots of goodies to add.

Feel free to e-mail with any questions you have...

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Possible Voucher Scheme



One of the pleasing aspects I've discovered since setting up Diplomatist Books is dealing with return customers.  It's gratifying to know that, having spent money with us, people are satisfied enough to come back!

I've therefore been giving some thought to how to reward such customers and how to entice more. I've come up with two possible voucher schemes.
  1. Payment in advance -  (say) £50.00 for Premium Membership which gives you a spending power of £65.00 (which lasts for a year).  This could be set at different rates - Bronze, Silver and Gold.
  2. A postage scheme - a payment of (say) £25.00 entitles a UK customer to free postage for a year.
By pure co-incidence both schemes, if successful, would result an injection of capital to invest in more stock and other enlargement...

What do you think?  Have you any other suggestions?  Do let me know by taking part in the poll (completely free of any commitment to take part in any scheme!).

Friday, 24 March 2017

Books to the Arctic

Many of my readers will be familiar with the Little Library movement, which aims to inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.

This, of course, is a Good Thing.




There may be a little library, book exchange, or literacy scheme in your area and , if so, I urge you to support it, but a plea on Facebook from the Far North has caught my eye.   It seems that the free library at Pond Inlet struggles to get books because they're an isolated fly-in only community.

Their address is

Sherry Lynn Earl
Box 309
Pond Inlet, Nunavut
X0A 0S0
Canada

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

20 Years of Slaying!


Amazingly, 10 March 2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer*

Yes, I know the film came out in 1992, but I'm talking about the TV series here.

 So, whether your a fully-fledged Scooby, a Watcher, or even The Zeppo, how can you celebrate this?  By buying a book of course!

And we just happen to have some Buffy goodies to hand....



Wednesday, 1 March 2017

World Book Day 2017 - Flash Sale



World Book Day 2017 take place tomorrow, 2 March.  It's not just for kids, and to celebrate we are having a flash sale!

All orders placed to us direct (ie, not through AbeBooks, Amazon or BiblioDirect) between now and midnight (GMT) on Thursday will receive a 20% discount (not including postage)

Don't know how to contact us?  See here.