We are having a blast working with our contributors and Westholme Publishing to produce collectible hardbacks in 2015 and beyond, and we can’t wait to share the finished product, the inaugural fruits of the JAR-Westholme collaboration, with everyone. Yesterday, we received a box of our new books from our distributor, University of Chicago Press, and they look stunning. As we mentioned in the initial announcement, the new annual volumes will not resemble the first. These are more traditional books in size and design, and include a comprehensive index to make them more resourceful and collectible.
To all of you who have ordered copies of the 2015 hardback, we ask for your patience as it will likely be a few more days before pre-orders are shipped. The University of Chicago Press is transitioning to a new fulfillment system, which caused a delay in shipments. The book was scheduled to ship from retailers last week on Thursday, May 28. Instead, retailers received their books this week and are still processing pre-orders. Each retailer has a different method for receiving shipments and triggering that the book is available for sale, so it is difficult to gauge precise shipment dates. We apologize for any inconvenience, but rest assured the new annual volume will be in your hands very soon and we hope you’ll agree it was worth the wait. We are assured this is a one-time hiccup only experienced due to the timing of our annual volume coinciding with the launch of a new fulfillment system. Had the book been released next month there would have been no delay on Amazon or anywhere else.
Lastly, we are happy to report that sales of the new book are strong. In fact, so strong that we are almost sold out of the first print run. A second printing will be ordered in the weeks ahead. Thanks again to all our customers, writers, readers and advertisers for their ongoing support. JAR isn’t possible without you.