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Pretty Good House book

I'll start with, I got my copy of the book. So far, only done a quick skim through. I'll come back later to give a further detailed response or review. So far, it looks like a very well-prepared book. 

Others, feel free to chime in on the book by Michael Maines, Dan Kolbert, Emily Mottram, and Christopher Briley.

I placed the thread in the category Sustainability but fits some of the other categories.

 
Jul 26, 22 6:09 pm
Non Sequitur

mine was expected to ship out today. Nothing yet. Shakes firsts at MM. 

Jul 26, 22 6:19 pm  · 
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Wood Guy

I have to wonder how much of the botched rollout is actually clever guerrilla marketing on the publisher’s part. They admit to nothing.
We’re doing a book release/signing party this afternoon; should be weird.

Jul 27, 22 7:16 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

Don't know but it's apparently available in a book store 400m away from my office yet the amazon pre-order is still MIA.

Jul 27, 22 7:44 am  · 
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bowling_ball

Yep, got an email notice from Amazon yesterday that shipping was delayed. No reason given but that's ok, I can be patient.

Jul 27, 22 9:11 am  · 
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Wood Guy

Thanks Rick! I've found a few typos and it would be good to hear about others so we can fix them on reprints. And of course we expect critical feedback; we know we can't please everyone. But we hope that most people find it to be a good primer for high-quality residential building.

Jul 27, 22 9:27 am  · 
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Will look for any typos and other critical feedback but that will probably be after the AIBD and other stuff during this week and weekend. Additionally, I'm also working on some web-related stuff however, that can take time so I'll probably work on sending you feedback to you before the web-related stuff is done. (No, I'm not talking about Archinect regarding web-related stuff).

Jul 27, 22 10:04 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

When this goes to Audible, I'll narrate if you like. I'll even throw in a free Louis Kahn impersonation for free.

Jul 27, 22 10:39 pm  · 
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If you can do a good Louis Kahn impersonation, I'd love to hear it, perhaps.

Jul 28, 22 2:57 am  · 
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Bumping this. I have need of an expert on residential energy efficiency renovations for a webinar I’m doing with the City of South Bend. Wood Guy, I’m sending you an email shortly… 

Jul 29, 22 4:33 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

MM. book came in 30min ago. looking forward to reading it with a beer in the sun soon. 

Jul 29, 22 6:25 pm  · 
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proto

still nada...

Aug 9, 22 1:33 pm  · 
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Wood Guy

Did you order from Taunton, Amazon or somewhere else? Taunton's stash ran out quickly, and they are changing vendors so some people got a notice that basically means their order was cancelled and refunded. Maddening, but not in our control. The second printing is due in late August/early September. I don't know how many Amazon and other stores ordered but they seem to be more readily available, unless they have run out as well.

Aug 9, 22 1:53 pm  · 
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proto

funnily enough, i canceled the bookshop.org order that i put in in late Jan when you first announced & swapped to Taunton in July because tintt got his copy there...(sigh)...i just emailed customer service last night to ask on status as it's been a month with no info -- haven't heard back yet. 

looks like Amazon is saying mid August delivery as of today

Aug 9, 22 6:20 pm  · 
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Wood Guy

Did your payment to Taunton get refunded? The publisher (as in the Taunton employee we work with) said that with the changes they are going through it's actually more reliable at this point to go through Amazon. Frustrating, to say the least...

If it helps, the authors have not been able to get additional copies either, other than one we got for free and others that we bought at a local retailer.

Aug 10, 22 8:33 am  · 
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Bench

Interesting. I had to buy through Amazon (for certain reasons), and received it in under 48 hours.

Aug 10, 22 9:22 am  · 
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gibbost

I placed my order on Amazon on 7/27 thru a third-party seller. I received notice over the weekend from Amazon that a shipping date has not yet been confirmed by the seller. I chalk it up to high demand and popularity. Looking forward to receiving it WG.

Aug 10, 22 10:02 am  · 
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proto

@wood guy, I’ll cancel Taunton then. I appreciate the feedback.

Aug 10, 22 10:40 am  · 
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proto

Fricken Amazon…didn’t even wait one full day & it was listed cheaper than either Bookstore.org or Taunton Press…amazing & ridiculous all at once…i don’t even have an acknowledgement of Taunton canceling yet

looking forward to sitting down with it!

Aug 11, 22 10:54 am  · 
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Wood Guy

In case anyone is interested, my Pretty Good House co-author Emily and I will be presenting at this conference in Austin, Nov. 1-3: https://entrearchitect.com/ann.... It's all about running small businesses, particularly design businesses, and is sure to be a good time. I don't know how many seats they have left; it's not sold out yet but probably will be soon. 

The week after that is the first Texas Building Science Symposium: https://bsandbeerkc.org/texas. Emily and I were just in Kansas City for their third annual BS Symposium, an outgrowth of our BS + Beer show, and their first one in Chattanooga just sold out. Neither Emily or I will be able to make it to the one in Texas, since we'll be there the week before, but the speakers are all friends of ours and top-notch in the building/building science industry. The symposiums are very affordable, paid mostly by sponsors, relatively informal and intimate--a great way to learn building science basics. (And even though I've seen them all present before, I learned new things from every presenter.) I'm not sure who will replace Emily but wouldn't be surprised if it's our friend Christine Williamson, aka Building Science Fight Club.

Sep 21, 22 9:25 am  · 
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