Folks, tomorrow is the Official Publication Day for The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople.


…Which means nothing.

Publication day is a publishing myth. By the time publication day dawns, physical copies of the book have been floating around for weeks. Booksellers are theoretically supposed to wait until “publication day” to put books on sale, but unless the book covers an incredibly timely current-events topic or is written by J. K. Rowling, they don’t usually bother.

Even though the “official publication day” is Monday, September 23, The History of the Renaissance World has been selling from Barnes and Noble and The Strand for over a week. You could have ordered it directly from W. W. Norton two weeks ago. It started selling from Amazon with a “1-2 day processing time” on Friday. But today, 24 hours before “publication,” it’s gone to “Ships within 24 hours” status,” so I think we can safely say that it’s been published.

The only version that’s not available…? The ebook. That, which is instantaneously available and could have started selling weeks ago (since it wasn’t waiting on the printing and binding process), is being held until “publication date.”

Welcome to the irrational world of publishing.

In the meantime, if you happen to see it at your local bookstore, snap a picture for me, OK?

Showing 7 comments
  • Michael Ray

    Seeing the printed version on sale but not being able to by the Kindle version is frustrating for those of us who want to by a book, too.

    I’m looking forward to adding Renaissance to my reading list/Kindle.

  • Janice

    I had ordered it from Amazon and it arrived on Friday. Love it!

  • dangermom

    I saw it last night at B&N. If I’d realized, I wouldn’t have pre-ordered from Amazon, where my order languishes and fails to say that it is shipping soon.

  • Cristiano

    Already ordered in Amazon, and it should arrive here in Brazil in October! 🙂

  • Jordan

    Yes! Finally. I’ve been so excited to read this! Thank you so much. I love all of your History of The World books.

  • Tom Ward

    I’ve been looking forward to this release. I’ve read the first two in the series and as soon as I finish this book I’ll be anticipating the next.

  • Trish Murphy

    Just ordered it on Amazon! Thank you for making history so fun and interesting.

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