Skeptics Guide to the Universe Forums

Media => Books => Topic started by: Physicity on May 25, 2018, 07:52:02 AM

Title: SGU book cancelled!?
Post by: Physicity on May 25, 2018, 07:52:02 AM
Hi folks
I just got an email from Amazon UK telling me my preorder of the SGU book has been cancelled by the publisher!  Anyone know why???
Title: Re: SGU book cancelled!?
Post by: Calinthalus on May 25, 2018, 08:13:51 AM
I'm in the US, I have received no such notice and looking on Amazon it looks like my pre-order still stands.
Title: Re: SGU book cancelled!?
Post by: MrSpiggott on May 25, 2018, 08:44:13 AM
Hi folks
I just got an email from Amazon UK telling me my preorder of the SGU book has been cancelled by the publisher!  Anyone know why???

I'm also from the UK and have received the same cancellation email from Amazon.
Edit. Forgot to mention it's the Kindle edition that I preordered.
Title: Re: SGU book cancelled!?
Post by: MessyAndy on May 25, 2018, 08:45:09 AM
Same here, mine was also cancelled. Bit of a mystery.
Title: Re: SGU book cancelled!?
Post by: fred.slota on May 25, 2018, 09:14:46 AM
In the US, current Amazon listing shows ability to pre-order Kindle and Hardcover.
Title: Re: SGU book cancelled!?
Post by: Dave The Drummer on May 25, 2018, 10:19:12 AM
Same here.
UK Kindle order. Cancelled.
 :(

(http://www.realscenes.com/Pics/SGUBookOrderCancelled.PNG)

Title: Re: SGU book cancelled!?
Post by: 2397 on May 25, 2018, 10:36:57 AM
In Norway; the paperback* is available, but for ebook it says "This title is not currently available for purchase".

Could this have anything to do with the GDPR, the EU privacy law that's in effect from today? Depending on what Amazon uses ebook data for.

Edit: I just meant to say physical book, not what type of physical book.
Title: Re: SGU book cancelled!?
Post by: Physicity on May 25, 2018, 03:05:30 PM
I've just been able to preorder the hardback, couldn't do that earlier.  Shame they've pulled the Kindle version, ebooks are so much more convenient than hardbacks.  I hope this doesn't hurt the sales too much.
Title: Re: SGU book cancelled!?
Post by: brilligtove on May 26, 2018, 02:21:34 PM
My copy of the hardcover is still preordered in Canada.
Title: Re: SGU book cancelled!?
Post by: Physicity on May 27, 2018, 08:32:14 AM
They mentioned this on the podcast, apparently it's due to the publisher in the EU changing from the American to the UK one.  They need to correct (ahem) spellings and change the cover.  But... Firstly, I think everyone in the EU can read and understand virtually all the differences between American English and British English, and the cover art is fine for the UK, so what's the point?  Secondly, I can order the UK hardback, so why can't I order the UK Kindle version?

Oh well.  It sounds like either the uk prerelease was a bit premature, or maybe the pre-ordered have been successful enough to warrant a UK/EU version.
Title: Re: SGU book cancelled!?
Post by: Quetzalcoatl on May 27, 2018, 03:24:49 PM
From one of the large online book retailers here, there are two versions of this book (https://www.adlibris.com/se/sok?filter=author%3ASteven%20Novella), but for different prices, 247 SEK and 196 SEK respectively. However, both of them are the non-kindle version. The two different(?) versions have different publishers, one of them is published by
Grand Central Publishing, the other by Hodder Stoughton Ltd. Does anyone know what's up with all of this?

It's the original English-language version, i.e no translation (I don't think any translation is planned at this point). If you click on it, it will show the same English description as on Amazon. It's not possible to pre-order, but it's possible to put it (or them) on a watchlist.
Title: Re: SGU book cancelled!?
Post by: Physicity on May 31, 2018, 06:48:41 AM
I emailed the publisher, they said the Kindle UK version should be available to preorder from 11th June.  Phew!
Title: Re: SGU book cancelled!?
Post by: arthwollipot on June 01, 2018, 12:28:45 AM
From memory they discussed the cancellation issue in the last episode.
Title: Re: SGU book cancelled!?
Post by: 2397 on June 08, 2018, 08:09:40 PM
They mentioned this on the podcast, apparently it's due to the publisher in the EU changing from the American to the UK one.  They need to correct (ahem) spellings and change the cover.  But... Firstly, I think everyone in the EU can read and understand virtually all the differences between American English and British English, and the cover art is fine for the UK, so what's the point?  Secondly, I can order the UK hardback, so why can't I order the UK Kindle version?

Oh well.  It sounds like either the uk prerelease was a bit premature, or maybe the pre-ordered have been successful enough to warrant a UK/EU version.

It does seem ridiculous to have different publishers for a book in the same language. Especially for ebooks, and not letting people choose to buy the versions that are available, just because of which segment of the global network they're connected to.
Title: Re: SGU book cancelled!?
Post by: arthwollipot on June 08, 2018, 08:12:25 PM
They mentioned this on the podcast, apparently it's due to the publisher in the EU changing from the American to the UK one.  They need to correct (ahem) spellings and change the cover.  But... Firstly, I think everyone in the EU can read and understand virtually all the differences between American English and British English, and the cover art is fine for the UK, so what's the point?  Secondly, I can order the UK hardback, so why can't I order the UK Kindle version?

Oh well.  It sounds like either the uk prerelease was a bit premature, or maybe the pre-ordered have been successful enough to warrant a UK/EU version.

It does seem ridiculous to have different publishers for a book in the same language. Especially for ebooks, and not letting people choose to buy the versions that are available, just because of which segment of the global network they're connected to.
Yeah, well, that's what you get when you have a world that's divided up into countries.
Title: Re: SGU book cancelled!?
Post by: Dave The Drummer on June 11, 2018, 05:57:44 AM
The Kindle edition is back in the Amazon UK store now.
Just pre-ordered again.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: SGU book cancelled!?
Post by: Physicity on June 15, 2018, 05:50:11 AM
The Kindle edition is back in the Amazon UK store now.
Just pre-ordered again.

 :cheers:

Thanks, I'll cancel my paper copy and repreorder it!
Title: Re: SGU book cancelled!?
Post by: Tim44 on September 07, 2018, 03:49:04 PM
Question on the preorder page:

Quote
Where to get signed copies:
The Strand bookstore in NY (they will ship, even internationally, shipping on October 10th): The Strand – THE SKEPTICS’ GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE signed pre-order

https://www.strandbooks.com/product/the-skeptics-guide-to-the-universe-how-to-know-whats-really-real-in-a-world-increasingly-full-of-fake

Do I need to be at the bookstore to have it signed, or can I order it and a signed copy is sent?