I’ve heard from several people who pre-ordered Windows Vista Inside Out that they’ve received notice from Amazon.com that the book was delayed and might not be available for several weeks. Fortunately, this isn’t true.
As of today, January 27, the ”Availability” text on Amazon’s ordering page says:
Note: This item is not immediately available to ship. (Usually ships within 6 to 12 days.)
I checked with my publisher and learned that the books should be in Amazon’s warehouse early next week. They’ll be checked in and shipped out immediately, going first to those who pre-ordered. I’m also told that Amazon has already placed a reorder, because the initial sales were higher than they expected.
It’s frustrating to see other Windows Vista books on Amazon’s virtual shelves already when ours isn’t there yet. Those other authors got there first by delivering their manuscripts before Windows Vista had been finalized. That might be an acceptable strategy for a book aimed at novices, but we know from experience that it’s a recipe for disaster when you’re trying to deliver detailed information for a technically sophisticated audience. Microsoft was making significant changes to Windows Vista even after its so-called final release candidate. Some of those changes were cosmetic (new icons, for instance), but a handful involved changes to the way that important advanced features of Windows Vista works.
We did tons of research on those earlier beta releases, but for many chapters in Windows Vista Inside Out, we didn’t even begin writing until we received the actual RTM code. We spent more than one month after RTM writing new chapters, rewriting earlier ones, snapping new screen shots, and – most importantly – fact-checking. That caused many a sleepless night for us and for the production team at Microsoft Press, but we believe the results will be worth it.
So, if you’re awaiting your copy, it’ll be there soon.