“Of the making of many books,” sayeth the sage of Ecclesiastes, “there is no end.” But how about the selling of many books? Today, June 30, is the official publication date of my new book The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia. Imagine my delight, then, when I discovered that Amazon, which has been selling the book for the last couple of weeks, decides yesterday, on the eve of this signal event, to announce that they’re plumb out of the book. At first they said that an eager world would have to wait “1 to 3 months” to get its mitts on this rare treat. That has since been whittled down to a couple of weeks. I am told by the publisher that boatloads of copies are even now speeding toward the Amazon warehouses, so I suspect that come Monday or Tuesday Amazon will be back delivering its near-instant gratification. [UPDATE: Rejoice: Amazon now says copies will be in stock July 3.] Check it out at Amazon here: The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia.
Those of you who thought you could outsmart Amazon by going to Barnes & Noble’s on line store to order a copy of The Fortunes of Permanence, forget it. For the last month or two, B&N cleverly had the book announced as being published today, June 30. But when the great day rolls around, they cunningly removed any mention of the book from their web site. Search for my name and you’ll find several other titles listed: but of the latest you’ll find nary a trace. Presumably, that will eventually, in the fullness of time — no hurry folks — be fixed.
So right now, I believe your only alternative, assuming you are panting to get the tome, is to order it direct from the publisher, who also, by the way, has a nifty ebook version suitable for most popular e-readers. Check it out here: The Fortunes of Permanence at St. Augustine’s Press.