This has been fun. The book sale has gone awesomely/brilliantly so far. We'd taken orders for 649 books as of 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday.
As you can probably understand, this presents the Museum Store at the Nelson-Atkins with an unusual challenge! Like any museum store, 99% of the business they do is on-site...that is, in the actual Museum itself. They're not set up for large amounts of online orders or for lots of shipping. So they're asking for your patience—they're going to be working overtime to get all the orders fulfilled and the books out the door, but it might take a little longer than you expect for your book to get to you. Both the Museum Store staff and I are standing by to help with any problems, so you will get your book, don't worry. Certainly if you haven't gotten yours by the Ides of March (Spellcheck changed that to "Ideas of March"—no, Spellcheck), you should contact us.
To give you an idea how unusual this is for them, they have to hire a rental truck to get the books from the storage facility to the shipping area!
There are still lots of copies left. But...well, no one knows exactly how many. It seems the boxes are not all in one place, so they're not easy to count. Plenty, though.
Now then, as far as international shipping is concerned: if online sales are a tiny fraction of the store's ordinary business, international sales are a tiny fraction of that. Normally how they do it is just handle each order individually and calculate actual shipping depending on your address. But that's going to be tough if there are, say, 200 or 300 orders. They're going to bend over backwards to try to accommodate international orders, but they need a couple of days to work out the details. So I'll have an update for you about that at about this time Thursday afternoon. Don't worry, there will still be books available, they'll make sure of that.
I have to warn you, it might cost a lot. It's a heavy book and shipping is expensive. It's just a reality of the big round world—electrons go zipping around the globe with nary a care, but getting a weighty stack of paper to do the same thing takes more doing.
If you haven't ordered yet and would like to, here's the link, and the "Promotional Code" to enter at checkout to get 50% off is 19333.
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Speed: "649 books at eight pounds each is more than 5,000 pounds of books. That's like shipping 325 bowling balls."