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#650 - 07/08/99 02:50 PM Jack
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Jack Be Quick is now available -- in some places. Amazon and B&N both have it, but at least two mystery bookstores I know of are still waiting for their shipments.

Anyway, it's sort of out.

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#651 - 07/09/99 09:03 AM Re: Jack
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Does Amazon really have it? Even a new search (I already had it set aside in my cart for later) says that is it "backordered" and will take 3-5 weeks.

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#652 - 07/09/99 11:48 AM Re: Jack
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Jon, I've already received the extra copies I ordered from Amazon. They just haven't updated their description yet.

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#653 - 07/10/99 08:00 PM Re: Jack
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I asked about it at local stores as I was doing a Saturday swatch of shopping through N Delaware and SE Pennsylvania (Media, Bryn Mawr): 2 Borders, 2 B&N, 2 good independent ones, and the mystery store. The latter doesn't get new hardbacks; the others were eventually able to locate the title but didn't have copies in.

So when I got home (just now), I ordered it from Amazon. I await it with pleasure.

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#654 - 07/13/99 06:03 PM Re: Jack
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Postscript to the above: Amazon emailed me this morning that the book has shipped. So it would seem that they're the likeliest source at present. I expect I'll see the book tomorrow or next day (one of their big shipping centers is right here down the street from my home).

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#655 - 07/13/99 08:34 PM Re: Jack
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Amazon also has indicated that my copy is on its way . . . but it will probably take a few extra days to make it to the sticks . . .

[This message has been edited by John (edited 07-13-99).]

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#656 - 07/13/99 09:44 PM Re: Jack
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Ah, thank you both for ordering it. (Jon, I'm sorry you had to go to all that trouble.)

The book has an odd look to it -- well, you'll see.



[This message has been edited by Barbara (edited 07-13-99).]

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#657 - 07/14/99 09:42 AM Re: Jack
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Oh, it was no trouble. I was looking for other things in various stores on Saturday as well, and I never need my arm twisted to stop off at a bookstore. If I'd found it I'd have bought it -- to have it quickly, to support physical visible bookstores (especially the independent ones), and possibly to save a few bucks on the Amazon shipping (they're not offering a discount, and Delaware has no sales tax). But I was happy to do the Main Line tour in any case; it's a favorite Saturday excursion for me, especially topped over by a late lunch at Pizzeria Uno, as this was.

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#658 - 07/14/99 11:57 AM Re: Jack
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It arrived today as predicted. I just read the first story over lunch.

What's the "odd look" you referred to, Barbara? I don't see anything odd, except perhaps the "cover is the dust jacket" binding that I associate with school and library editions, and which I enjoy immensely out of nostalgic fondness.

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#659 - 07/14/99 01:39 PM Re: Jack
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Yes, that's what I meant; how fortunate it has some nostalgia value.

The publisher (Five Star) is really a packager, without any physical facilities of its own. So they struck some sort of deal with Thorndike Press in Unity, ME, to edit and print books under the Five Star name; my editor for Jack Be Quick is on the Thorndike staff. What Thorndike usually publishes is large-print editions of previously published novels; they've done reprints of a few of mine. But all the large-print books I've seen have that same look -- no dust jacket, something like a library binding.

But the cover scanned into a .jpg file very nicely. I've got that cover up four places on the web.

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