We are Discontinuing selling through Amazon
When we discussed the distribution of the book after it was printed, we settled on Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), as this would simplify the process, we thought. And we expected Amazon to know how to pack and ship books.
This turned out not to be the case. There have been several reports of books damaged in transport due to insufficient packaging. This is mainly for shipments to Germany and overseas. Unfortunately we are not able to influence how Amazon pack the books (when asking about if this was possible on the Amazon Seller Central forum, some people though it was quite hillarious...).
We have therefore decided to end our Amazon sales when the current stock at the Amazon warehouse runs out, and we are looking for other distributors. Especially in the US. (If you are interesed in becoming a distributor, you can contact us here). The problem of insufficient packaging is also one of the reasons we are not selling on Amazon.com.
In any case, the book will also be available from Lean Business Audio, and the list of distributors will be updated as they become available.
We apologize for the inconvenience - we know Amazon is quick and easy, and have cheap shipping. However, it looks like you get what you pay for.
If you have received a damaged book:
First of all, we apologize for the issue.
If only the dust jacket is damaged, we will send you a new one for free, please contact us through Amazon. If the book is damaged, please organize a refund/return with Amazon, and we recommend to get a new copy from Lean instead.
Amazon Launch and Availibility
The book is now finally available on Amazon! At the moment only on Amazon.co.uk.
It is also available from Lean Business Audio. If you buy from them from outside Europe, you should contact them to get an accurate shipping quote.
Update after the AES convention
I have just returned from New York City and the AES Convention today. Bjørn and I gave a presentation called "Compression Driver DNA - Origin and Seeds of Progress" on Friday which was well received. It summarized some pre-history and history of the W.E. 555 and 594 drivers and presented some previously unseen documents from experimental work on these devices at the Bell Telephone Labs. We did two book signings (Wednesday and Friday afternoons) which attracted quite a few interesting people, many of them very excited about the book - and we sold the first 33 copies of the book at the Convention. We also anticipate two or three published reviews to result from this trip.
Certainly many of you will want to know what happens with the Amazon launch which was scheduled to be on the 15th of October. We are truly sorry to admit we did not quite make it to the 15th, because of Amazon logistics. They would simply not accept the delivery of our pallets of books until a scheduled time on the 28th of October. As the book is "self published" by first time book authors some such unexpected issues turn out to be inevitable.
It therefore looks like the sale on www.amazon.co.uk will not begin until the very end of October.
Meanwhile, we have been approached by a UK based speaker related web shop, Lean Business Audio, that also wants to sell our book. We are about to make arrangements for this, but it's doubtful that the book will be available for sale there much earlier than on amazon. Updates on this will follow once we know more.
Update on the Amazon launch
We are a little behind schedule on the logistics of getting books off to Amazon due to delays with the printing and other factors. But pallets of books are in transit to amazon.co.uk as of Friday 11th. Bjørn and I are off to New York for the AES convention this week but we will continuously watch for updates from Amazon on the stock situation. Hopefully they'll be set to receive orders and ship books by the end of the week. As of now, the book will only be available from amazon.co.uk, but amazon users on other continents will be able to order the book from the UK site. We apologize for the inconvenience, but Bjørn has been doing his best to get the amazon sale going. Further updates will follow soon!
Bjørn and Thomas
Book Launch and Signing
The official launch of the book will take place at the 147th AES Convention at the Javits Center in New York. The conference is 16-19 October 2019. The book will be for sale in the AES Members Center, where we will also have two signing events:
Wednesday 12:30 to 14:00 (2:00 PM)
Friday12:30 to 14:00 (2:00 PM)
11:15 to 12:15 on Friday the 18th we, the authors, will give a tutorial on the two Western Electric compression drivers that marked the beginning of modern compression driver design. Right after this tutorial we will sign books at the AES Members Center.