Local Bookstore Report

i-1e8ca3d6f1057cdc4f9532702467bc29-sm_cover_draft_atom.jpgNot that I’m obsessed, or anything (current Amazon rank: 1106), but here are the results from my incomplete survey of local book stores regarding How to Teach Physics to Your Dog:

  • Barnes & Noble: “Out of Stock” in all local stores. Has never been in stock, really.
  • Borders in Crossgates Mall: “Likely in store” according to the book finder computer, but if they actually put any out, either they sold them, or they’re well hidden.
  • The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza: Two copies prominently displayed in the top row of the “new arrivals” case, between David Byrne’s book about bicycling and John Perkins’s book about economic catastrophe. Each of those had six copies, so if the stacks started the same size, they sold a few of mine. There was another in the science section, face out.

The moral: Hooray for local independent bookstores! They also provided me with the last thing I was looking for in the Christmas present category, so double hooray for the Book House.

I promise I’ll blog about something else, soon, but you have to humor me for today, at least…


  1. #1 Sean Carroll
    December 22, 2009

    Sales might even be better if one could visit http://dogphysics.com/ and find an easy way to actually buy the thing…

  2. #2 Chad Orzel
    December 22, 2009

    Good point. There are sales links on all the individual pages, but I’ve copied them onto the front page, now, too.

  3. #3 Charles Sweet
    December 22, 2009

    Mine arrived today from Amazon. I hope this whole thing isn’t going to Emmy’s head…

  4. #4 Kenneth G. Cavness
    December 22, 2009

    FWIW, I’m extremely interested in your book adventures.

    And if it’s up to 1106 on Amazon today, then Boing Boing got you a HUGE rush of buyers, because when I looked this morning, it was in the 19,000’s.

  5. #5 CCPhysicist
    December 22, 2009

    I understand it will be wrapped and under my tree, so that probably explains part of the ranking change!

  6. #6 OutofStock
    December 23, 2009

    1106 and rising? What on earth could be fueling the meteoric climb from the 19,000’s to this? ;)

  7. #7 David Owen-Cruise
    December 23, 2009

    My local independent had it in the “New Science Writing” endcap until someone (cough) bought the last copy.

  8. #8 Bruce
    December 23, 2009

    Despite a tweet about nothing happening in the Mountain Time zone, I’ll have you know the Barnes & Noble in Sugarhouse Utah had it on the New Arrivals table. Right next to gift-wrapping, staffed by Companion Animals of Utah, complete with three black labs of differing ages. Sorry, I only had the lousy cell phone camera, and the place was swamped, so I didn’t get a picture. But I found it appropriate.

  9. #9 Avi Steiner
    December 24, 2009

    ’tis at #453 right now!

  10. #10 The Wine Cyclist
    December 25, 2009

    Powell’s Books (my favorite bookstore) claims to have many copies in multiple locations, but I’m not in Portland at the moment, so I can’t verify.

  11. #11 Anonymous Coward
    December 26, 2009

    My local Barnes & Nobles had a copy on the shelf on Christmas day. I left it there for someone else to find; I had already bought a copy through Amazon.

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