Saturday, July 28, 2007

ordering Weighing the Odds in Sports Betting

Weighing the Odds in Sports Betting on Amazon is listed as:

Availability: Usually ships within 4 to 6 weeks.

The same thing happened when my previous book, Weighing the Odds in Hold'em Poker, was released. Amazon underestimated the demand for the books and ordered too few. Too bad they didn't learn their lesson and order more of my books to match the probable demand. The number of books they did order quickly sold out. So they are currently out-of-stock and had to put in a new order.

My publisher has told me that the 4-6 week estimate is how long it usually takes other publishers to ship books out to Amazon. For some reason, many publishers are slow in shipping out their books. But with a smaller publisher and more dedicated publisher such as Pi Yee Press, they ship out the books to the distributers as soon as they are ordered. This means the 4-6 week estimate is an overestimate and I'm guessing they should have it in about two weeks. That is exactly what happened with Weighing the Odds in Hold'em Poker. Hopefully the Amazon customers with existing orders will get their books quicker than Amazon's estimate.

Unfortunately, the display on Amazon's site of a 4-6 week delay, will probably hurt sales, at least on Amazon. Some potential buyers may see that and decide not to purchase the book due to the delay. Hopefully they will go to another site to order the book, such as (my publisher's site) who can ship immediately. Barnes & Noble ( and Gambler's Book Shop ( also have it. The Gambler's Book Shop is less likely to have a delay than B&N because if they run out-of-stock, they can easily get more copies from Pi Yee Press since they are both located in Las Vegas.

I'm really looking forward to see what people think of the book. The first review is already on Amazon, by daringly (a frequent poster on sports betting sites) who gave it 5 stars and a nice write-up.