Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sold Out at Amazon!!

So we got on a plane--actually a few planes--and went to Las Vegas for SAP's humongoid TechEd conference. What a time that was!

You can catch just a glimpse of Bill in the video highlights, but there is also some video of us talking Geek Gap in a roundtable discussion that we will post at least part of when we get it.

It was awesome to be in a crowd of people who get it about the geek/suit disconnect. Especially since a lot of them had read and knew the stories in the book. We sold a bunch more books, gave away a few copies, including one to Tim O'Reilly who was featured right after us on the first day of the conference. We were webcast out live while speaking, so we hear. And we had a whole lotta fun, not the least of which was getting Bob McGlynn of SAP and Jim Spath of Black & Decker to do our bidding as they role-played a geek and suit having it out in the Community Clubhouse.

I'm kind of an obsessive-compulsive watcher of our Amazon ranking--I figure when geeks buy books they mostly go to Amazon--so it was gratifying to watch the next few days as the figures climbed and "In stock" turned to "Only 3 left in stock--more on the way."

And then...things took an odd turn. "3 left in stock" turned to "usually ships within 1 to 3 weeks" turned to "usually ships within 4 to 6 weeks." Usually?? Since when is this usual?

After a couple of days of this we sent an inquiring note to our editor at Prometheus, who did some asking around and discovered that the book had sold out at Amazon and Amazon's distributor. They're sending more as fast as ever they can, but...apparently that adds up to 4 to 6 weeks.

Sigh.

Don't know whether to be happy that people are buying the book, or annoyed that, now that more people want the book, they can't get it at the outlet most geeks are accustomed to using.

As our editor points out, you can get it right away at the only two-letter URL I know of, BN.com. Or, better yet, send us an email. We take PayPal, we don't charge for shipping (at least not in the U.S.) and we'll sign it for you too. And--oh yeah--we'll send it anonymously if you know someone who should be alerted to the business/technology divide but you don't want to be the one to say so.

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