COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Stay up to date with the latest on the coronavirus pandemic.   Learn More >

Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

Anyone know anything about book publication release dates

Anyone know anything about book publication release dates

Old Mar 17th, 2006, 05:14 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,237
Anyone know anything about book publication release dates

On I just saw a new edition of a travel book I'd like for our trip this summer. The site says I can pre-order it and it will ship when it is available. The publication date listed is July 1. Does this mean it will not be availble before this date, or do these things sometimes come out earlier? Or, is that he date that Amazon expects to have it, but other retailers could have it sooner?

On the same note, does anyone know how to find out if new editions of travel guides are in the works? The Rough Guide to the area we'll be visiting has a 2004 date. They say they update their guides every 2-3 years, so it is about time for a new one. I tried the Rough website but they don't answer questions from individuals. Thanks.
julies is offline  
Old Mar 17th, 2006, 05:46 AM
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 6,260
I have pre-ordered several items from Amazon in the past and that 1 July date would be when they expect to have it ready to ship I believe.
Intrepid1 is offline  
Old Mar 17th, 2006, 05:50 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 8,305
Amazon might get it a little earlier, but you can pretty much expect that it'll be shipped around that date. Amazon is a major player in the book industry, so it's doubtful other outlets would "scoop" them with an earlier selling date.
HowardR is offline  
Old Mar 17th, 2006, 06:07 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,237
thanks. I guess that means I'll have to go with the older version as we expect to be in Europe already at that point.
julies is offline  
Old Mar 17th, 2006, 06:47 AM
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 665
I am an author, and every time I have had a pub date, (also known as the "Launch Date") the books have shipped/arrived early. Every time. On the last one, they arrived 6 weeks early.

So it could be that you would receive the book early, but since Amazon relies on the publisher for delivery, it could actually be July 1 when it ships to you. And yes, other retailers could get it sooner. You could waitlist at Barnes and Noble. You aren't obligated to buy the book, even when it comes in, but that way if time is critical to you they might have it before amazon get it in. I buy nearly all my books from Amazon unless it a time crunch and in those cases I run to B and N.

I know it's confusing. The publishing world is its own little, strange universe!

wanderlust5 is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Air Travel
Oct 26th, 2009 02:00 AM
Aug 19th, 2008 07:28 AM
United States
Oct 3rd, 2007 04:01 PM
Aug 25th, 2006 05:29 AM
United States
Jun 20th, 2006 10:56 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Do Not Sell My Personal Information