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Hurray for Tor and Apple. Now I can mail my physical copy for signature while reading the electronic version. And my father, who only reads on his iPad ( at least hardbacks) these days will pick up a copy as well, which pleases me. He is the one who started me on Heinlein in the first place.


Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:56 am
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Airgetlam wrote:
Hurray for Tor and Apple. Now I can mail my physical copy for signature while reading the electronic version.

If they can put a man on the Moon, why can't they find a way for an author to autograph the electronic copy of a book?

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Thanks for these comments. Informative.

I was/am surprised on two counts.

1. At any given Borders or B&N, it's not hard to find a couple of hard cover copies of biographies of figures far less well-known than RAH. (Not say "obscure.") Related this point, I also thought that RAH fiction sells quite well to this day, as it is easy to find on shelves.

2. I worked briefly for a small retailer at the time the major distributors (e.g. Ingrams) were just coming on the scene. The revolution they offered was intermediation of inventory, with the promise of 1-2 distribution of any book "from our warehouse." They carried pretty much all of the new releases from all major publishers.

So what's up with "a week to 10 days for delivery?"


Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:08 am
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Certainly you can find hardcover biographies in large chain bookstores... sometimes as many as 100 of them. Now divide that by the number of current biographies in print, and... wow, look at all those zeroes. :( Other than for very major figures, you are not likely to find a particular biography in any store.

Ditto for Heinlein fiction. A VERY major and good-selling author and... you might find five of his books on the shelves of any one large bookstore.

It all depends on a combination of standard order policies and the ordering by the store or department manager. IF they see the bio on the lists and IF they think it will sell and IF they have budget in their ordering and shelf space... well, there you'll find it.

As for the "week-ten days," surely you can do the math. Two days for the clerk to put the request note on the manager's desk, two days before the manager gets around to entering the order, a day or two for the order to be processed, a day or two for the order to be shipped, shipping time, and then however long it takes someone to call you and tell you it's there. That Ingram or one of the other distributors can deliver "in one day" is but a part of the process.

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A quick check reveals that the book is on the shelves at 4 out of 5 local Barnes & Noble stores here in Northern Virginia. At the Falls Church store, it is sold out!

Borders not only does not stock the book in its stores (although there are reams of Heinlein fiction on sale), they only offer it at full price on their website. What's up with that?

I'd say the rejuvenated Heinlein Society has a place here somewhere, maybe.


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Borders not only does not stock the book in its stores (although there are reams of Heinlein fiction on sale), they only offer it at full price on their website. What's up with that?



On the Copper Robot Podcast interview Bill Patterson says that Borders has a new buyer who did not order any copies of the biography.

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One copy on my doorstep in Aurora, Illinois!


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The Barnes & Noble here had it on the shelf the first week it was out. It was in the science fiction section with the other new science fiction and fantasy books. I got my copy from Amazon. I checked Amazon when I was finished but it didn't have when the second volume was coming out :D

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I get mixed reports about availability at Barnes & Nobles here in the LA area, but I went to the closest one at The Grove yesterday and found 2 copies at the head of the SF section (i.e., where all the new hardcovers are).

Ironically, the biography table is 10 feet away. I took one copy from SF and put it on the biography table.

This B&N is 3 stories with the main floor devoted to CDs, Calendars, and the like. The second and thhird floors are mezzanines with banners trumpeting appearances by Tori Spelling etc. Second floor is all cookbooks on one side and decorating on the other.

The third floor is the isolation where they have everything else, including SF.

Mike Cassutt reported going to a B&N in the Valley -- I thought probably the Laurel Canyon on -- with Alan Brennert and Robert Crais to buy copies, but Steve Tymon has reported failure to find at two or three B&Ns in the valley further north than that.


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I was in the Barnes & Noble in Las Cruces NM today. Saw two copies in the Science Fiction section and one copy on the New Biography shelves.

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