Concerning pubdates, release dates, and when in Sam Hill can I just buy the darn thing?

Some of you, especially those with a proclivity to send email and twitter messages asking about this, seem to have noticed a slight discrepancy between the publication date of the Autobiography of Mark Twain, the availability date, and when you can expect to actually go to a local store and find a copy.
It would be amusing to consider what Twain himself would have said about the confusion, but rather than speculating, I’ll try my hand at illuminating.
The answer lies deep in the heart of the publishing industry, which, when it wants to, can easily come up with systems so complex that they would make a Bavarian Illuminati’s head spin.
Here’s the short answer: It doesn’t really matter.
What I can tell you is that, as of today, October 28, 2010, you are more likely than not to find a copy of the Autobiography waiting for you. Of course, it is also very available at a wide variety of online sources, including our own.
Just click on the link in the thisismarktwain site and you’ll see all the purchase options.
So, what are you waiting for? Go forth and order your copy.

One thought on “Concerning pubdates, release dates, and when in Sam Hill can I just buy the darn thing?

  1. M´am [ & Sirs ] :
    Please consider very seriously definitely erasing that reader´s “perfect”
    [ but quite definitely out-of-character ” neutral ” ] radio announcer´s voice used for your Mark Twain audiobooks . [ Nothing personal ! ] .
    — Do substitute an open [ and by all means authentically genuine ]
    Southerner´s Drawl voice as reader .
    I strongly suggest you just take a few moments to compare your present reader´s voice with that open & clear Southern Drawl used in airing the 3 short stories just appeared on BBC Radio-4 [FM ] . [ I hear R-4 via IP radio here in Bonn , Germany ] .
    It should immediately become very clear the salutory effect such a
    substitution will work upon the ” pleasure & authenticity ” of these M.T. audiobook publications.
    Sincerely ,
    R.V.S.N. ( Sorry ; takes too long in full )
    P.S.: No, I´m not a Southerner — Just half Californian , half English .

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