Oh book, where art thou?

I’ve been away on holiday (in Florida) right at the critical time when the book was due to be released. I got an email from the publisher while I was away asking if I had received my copy yet and if so, what did I think of it?

I wrote back saying that I was in the States but no doubt the book would be waiting for me on my return to England.

When I got back to Brighton, there was a note waiting for me from the Royal Mail. “Sorry we missed you”, it said. “We tried to deliver a parcel but you were out.”

I quickly called the number on the note and arranged for a redelivery. I then slept for the best part of a day, jetlag be damned.

The next morning, a Royal Mail van pulled up. There was a knock on the door. A book-sized parcel was delivered into my hands.

This was it, I thought. I’d finally get to hold my book in my own hands. I opened the package and found…

Bulletproof Web Design by Dan Cederholm.

Thanks for the book, Dan. I appreciate it. At the same time, I don’t think there’s a word in the English language to describe the mixture of being simultaneously pleased and disappointed.

I was disapleased. Pleasointed.

Since then, I’ve received many an IM message from friends in the States saying, “Hey, I got your book!” It would seem that Amazon are doing a very diligent job of getting the book out there. Which is great. But… I want my copy too!

I did get an email from the publisher explaining the long and tortuous process involved in getting a book to an author when that author doesn’t live in the States. Still, I’m starting to feel like I’ve been locked out of my own party.

Perhaps I’m no longer a Friend of ED. Maybe I’ve been relegated to Acquaintance of ED or Exchanges Christmas Cards with ED.

On the positive side, if you pre-ordered DOM Scripting from Amazon, there’s a good chance that you already have it in your hands (you lucky swine!). How are you enjoying it?

Oh, and for the record, Bulletproof Web Design kicks ass: a most excellent resource that I recommend highly.

Posted by Jeremy on Wednesday, September 28th, 2005 at 2:02am


Doh. I feel terrible. How dare I tease you like that. :-)

I hope ED comes through and delivers a fresh copy soon!

# Posted by Dan Cederholm on Wednesday, September 28th, 2005 at 3:38am

Disapleased. Like it, like it …

# Posted by Ian Lloyd on Wednesday, September 28th, 2005 at 1:11pm

If you were a bit more disapplointed then pleased, you should add additional weight by interjecting the "pleased" into the "disappointed:"


It’s fun to say. Probably not so fun to feel.

Oh, and don’t read too many comments about the book while you wait. They may contain spoilers. ;)

# Posted by Scott on Wednesday, September 28th, 2005 at 1:48pm

I feel your disapplointed pain! I ordered your book, and Dan Cederholm’s book at the same time from Amazon. I had Dan’s book in about 2 days, I am still waiting for them to ship your book…8 days later.

And yes, Bulletproof Web Design does kicks ass. I still can’t wait for DOMscripting though.

# Posted by John on Wednesday, September 28th, 2005 at 2:08pm

Amazon had a 5-10 waiting period for the book to be shipped. So, I went to Barnes and Noble, and it came the next day. Looks like a fantastic book so far.

# Posted by Matt on Wednesday, September 28th, 2005 at 3:31pm

Jeremy, of course you’re still a friend of ED!

I’ve no idea why you haven’t received your book yet. I’m back in the UK on Monday and will chase it up then.


# Posted by Pete on Saturday, October 1st, 2005 at 4:30am

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