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The Bad Astronomer
2002-Feb-27, 06:45 PM
This is for my own indulgence more than anything else, but you can check on the book's ranking at Amazon here (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0471409766/ref=ase_badastronomy/103-7427978-6896628).

GrapesOfWrath
2002-Feb-27, 08:36 PM
I successfully resisted the temptation to be the first to review the book, before I even read it. Right now it's 45,450. But it has legs.

The Bad Astronomer
2002-Feb-27, 09:33 PM
Yesterday it was briefly at about 7500. I must have sold two or three copies!

GrapesOfWrath
2002-Feb-27, 09:38 PM
Probably the result of the big advertising blitz.

Donnie B.
2002-Feb-27, 09:53 PM
Or maybe that was the day they shipped to all of us on the waiting list...

Well, I can dream can't I?
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RMallon
2002-Feb-27, 10:23 PM
I made note of the Amazon rank on 2/25. It was at 51,853.
Ah, the Amazon Limbo! How low can you go?!
Good luck BA.

Ben Benoy
2002-Feb-28, 04:13 PM
Just an update, as of 9:50 Pacific, it's up to 38,564. Hot damn!

Ben

The Bad Astronomer
2002-Feb-28, 04:49 PM
Yesterday (Wednesday Feb 26) it was up to 7500 or so again. I think that happens if one or two books sell. It's back down to 50,000 again. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif I think I'd better not worry too much about daily fluctuations.

The Bad Astronomer
2002-Mar-01, 02:28 AM
... but I'll make an exception. It's at 681! Woohoo! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif

MHS
2002-Mar-01, 07:36 AM
What does that say exactly? That there are only 680 books selling beter at the moment? In that case: good job! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif

GrapesOfWrath
2002-Mar-01, 11:00 AM
649, with a <strike>bullet</strike> rocket

2002-Mar-01, 11:16 AM
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The Bad Astronomer
2002-Mar-01, 06:57 PM
Well, here's a splash of cold water: at Barnes and Noble, the book is rated at number 376,921. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif

My book at Barnes and Noble (http://shop.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=0G6MMWRH82&mscssid=3DSF96PPV78X8P8PSXEDJ05PLFJX1D04&isbn=0471409766).

Lisa
2002-Mar-01, 10:59 PM
Just put my copy on order today at Border's. Wonder how long it will take them to get it in stock? No one there could tell me. Hope its soon, I'm out of new reading material, and am back to playing computer games.
Lisa

The Bad Astronomer
2002-Mar-02, 12:54 AM
Hmmmm. I'm surprised they hadn't already ordered it, to be honest. Let me know what happens.

The book dropped to the 20,000s just now at Amazon... but they report there is only one copy left there. Wow.

Lisa
2002-Mar-02, 04:24 AM
On 2002-03-01 19:54, The Bad Astronomer wrote:
Hmmmm. I'm surprised they hadn't already ordered it, to be honest. Let me know what happens.

Doesn't really surprise me. This is the bookstore that has James Randi's books listed under "metaphysical studies", right up there with astrology and tarot cards. They're not as skimpy in their science section as Walden or B. Dalton's, but still have a bit of trouble understanding fact from fantasy.
Lisa

jewel
2002-Mar-02, 04:34 PM
Just got my shipment confirmation from Amazon!! Is it here yet????

TBA, I hope your travels bring you to the DC area. I'd certainly love to attend one of your talks!

-A Bad Fan

Kaptain K
2002-Mar-02, 05:55 PM
Welcome Jewel to the BABB.

The Bad Astronomer
2002-Mar-02, 06:28 PM
On 2002-03-02 11:34, jewel wrote:
TBA, I hope your travels bring you to the DC area. I'd certainly love to attend one of your talks!


In a way, you just missed me. I moved to California from Laurel MD just last year! I was born in Fairfax, by the way, and lived in Springfield for 18 years.

I don't know when I'll be back in DC, but probably not until next year, unless something new comes up.

jewel
2002-Mar-02, 07:23 PM
On 2002-03-02 13:28, The Bad Astronomer wrote:


In a way, you just missed me. I moved to California from Laurel MD just last year! I was born in Fairfax, by the way, and lived in Springfield for 18 years.


It is a small world indeed! I knew from your website you used to live in MD, but had no idea you were born in Fairfax. I've lived here for almost 2 years, now. It's a nice, technically friendly area.

Well, I do hope your travels bring you this way eventually.

GrapesOfWrath
2002-Mar-04, 12:40 PM
On 2002-03-01 19:54, The Bad Astronomer wrote:
The book dropped to the 20,000s just now at Amazon...

Up to the 5000s now. a1newbooks has some new and used copies already for a bit less--but you ought to read their customer satisfaction remarks.

Tom
2002-Mar-04, 10:26 PM
You can already buy it "used". Gee. What an ego buster.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/offering-page/ref=sdp_used_b/002-9079020-3826431?index=fixed-price&field-offering-type=used&field-asin=0471409766&field-status=open&size=25&rank=+price

The Bad Astronomer
2002-Mar-07, 04:18 PM
On 2002-03-04 17:26, Tom wrote:
You can already buy it "used". Gee. What an ego buster.

Not really. The seller, a1newbooks, does this with a lot of books on Amazon. I don't know who this person is or how they get books so quickly, but the seller ratings are pretty low. Given the number of complaints, I know I wouldn't buy fom him/her.

aurorae
2002-Mar-11, 08:51 PM
For fun, I looked at the Amazon list of
"Customers who bought titles by Philip C. Plait also bought titles by these authors" and saw these 5 names.

Martin Gardner
James Randi
S. W. Hawking
Michael Shermer
Scott Adams

The one that jumped out at me was the last one. Scott Adams? I think I can see a connection with the other 4. Well, it's obvious with Randi and Shermern (fighting pseudoscience), and pretty much so with Hawking (astronomy) but come to think of it, the connection with Gardner isn't very obvious to me, either.

Zandermann
2002-Mar-12, 12:31 AM
..."Customers who bought titles by Philip C. Plait also bought titles by these authors" and saw these 5 names.

Martin Gardner
James Randi
S. W. Hawking
Michael Shermer
Scott Adams

The one that jumped out at me was the last one. Scott Adams? I think I can see a connection with the other 4. Well, it's obvious with Randi and Shermern (fighting pseudoscience), and pretty much so with Hawking (astronomy) but come to think of it, the connection with Gardner isn't very obvious to me, either.Gardner writes recreational mathematics for the general reader, and <u>Bad Astronomy</u> brings astronomy to the non-professional public. Strong connection between the two of them, I think.

Don't know Scott Adams, though.

James
2002-Mar-12, 01:07 AM
On 2002-03-11 19:31, Zandermann wrote:

Don't know Scott Adams, though.


He's behind the comic strip Dilbert.

The Bad Astronomer
2002-Mar-12, 01:50 AM
On 2002-03-11 15:51, aurorae wrote:
but come to think of it, the connection with Gardner isn't very obvious to me, either.


He is a well known skeptic. We asked him to do a blurb for the book, but he couldn't. Too bad; I read his brain teasers when I was a little kid!

Wiley
2002-Mar-12, 03:52 PM
On 2002-03-11 20:50, The Bad Astronomer wrote:

He is a well known skeptic. We asked him to do a blurb for the book, but he couldn't. Too bad; I read his brain teasers when I was a little kid!


Gardner's book, "Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science" published in the '50's -I think- under a different name, is one of the first debunking books. It exposes such psuedoscience as Scientology, creationism, homeopathy, and UFO-ology.

Good thing it's not relevant today. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_frown.gif

The Bad Astronomer
2002-Mar-13, 03:42 PM
Yikes! The book's at 453 at Amazon! Yesterday evening it was at 4800. This is goona give me an ulcer.

BADad
2002-Mar-13, 08:11 PM
Then don't look now - its was at 266, 1700 03.13.02!!

The Bad Astronomer
2002-Mar-13, 08:33 PM
I found out why it's so high: Amazon put it pretty high on their list of astronomy books.
Look here (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-form/103-7427978-6896628): it's third on their "most popular" list, and comes up second on the general list, under Hawking's book. Golly!

Hale_Bopp
2002-Mar-14, 12:04 AM
Sorry, BA, but you are still 95,528 on BN.com...I don't like Jeff Bozos, so I will order from BN and see what it does to the ranking /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif

Rob

Hat Monster
2002-Mar-22, 11:53 PM
At amazon.co.uk (delete the .com and insert the .co.uk, they use the same database) it's 14,530. And also "This title is currently on order. We are usually able to dispatch it within 3-5 weeks."
When I ordered, a few days ago, it was in stock and 1-2 weeks. They must have had ONE in stock!

The Bad Astronomer
2002-Apr-30, 04:46 PM
Just a little bump here. The book is hovering around 300 on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0471409766/ref%3Dase%5Fbadastronomy/103-3065246-9533462) right now; I think it's due to a favorable article in Discover magazine.

Wiley
2002-Apr-30, 05:05 PM
I just checked Amazon, and it appears that I'm not the only BA Book reader who is a Sherman's Lagoon (http://www.slagoon.com/) fan.

ToSeek
2002-Apr-30, 06:12 PM
On 2002-04-30 13:05, Wiley wrote:
I just checked Amazon, and it appears that I'm not the only BA Book reader who is a Sherman's Lagoon (http://www.slagoon.com/) fan.


I can assure you that you're not.