xkcd: volume 0

The xkcd book is now officially available in the store! (There are also a handful of new shirts available for preorder, and we’ve got the signed prints back in stock).

It’s been fun putting it all together.  It was neat to go back through various huge stacks of old drawings, some on the back of school assignments, and scan them at print resolution.  I also had fun with the marginal notes.  I’m really excited to finally have it in print, and I’m looking forward to seeing people and signing copies at the release events this weekend.  I’m also excited about getting back to work on some other projects which have been on hold for a bit, at least one of which will involve lakes and a recently-acquired Arduino.

P.S. Thank you so much for the help with the phone this weekend.  Through a bizarre set of exploits, I’ve gotten it unlocked without losing any data (for details, see the edits to the previous post).

158 thoughts on “xkcd: volume 0

  1. Ordered 2 copies (one signed) from Italy. Yeah a discount/gift (like a personal note) for long time readers (and multiple copy orderers) would be nice 8?)

  2. “at least one of which will involve lakes and a recently-acquired Arduino”

    Sounds fun, but for goodness sake make sure the tag *fully* detaches from the shark before you inflate the balloon.

  3. Yep, I hopped on here to say the same thing that Michael did at comment #1. Randall, there’s absolutely no reason that postage on 1 book from the States to Australia should be $21!

    I’ll but a copy when I’m in the US in November, but I too will miss out on a signed copy :(

  4. It’s a shame it costs so much to ship to Australia. :(

    /me sucks it up and waits for the credit card bill.

  5. We’d also like to make an order of around 15 copies to Israel, but no shipping.

    Can anything be done while signed copies are still available?

  6. Tzafrir, maybe we (all the XKCD fans in Israel) can contact some book publishers in Isreal, I’m sure one of them would like to import the book and send it to the bookstores.

    This book is a great idea of a Rosh-Hashana present (only if you can actually buy it).

    Randall, can you please help us with that? contact your publisher, and ask him to export this book.

    Are you planing to sell it at bookstores or it’s an online-only sell?

  7. Ordered a copy… Are the signed ones going to be numbered? I imagine I’m one of the first, and it’d be neat for them to be sequentially numbered.

  8. To ship to Israel, just click through all the way to the payment stage, you will be able to then input Israel as your shipping address.

  9. @Tzafrir – That’s not really a solution. Shipping cost can vary with destination countries. In essence you’re telling the system to charge you for shipping to one place, and then giving an address of another place, which is not even on the supported destination list, and certainly isn’t the one the charges were calculated for.

    Basically, unless Randall will make an explicit decision to support it in retrospect, all you’re doing is creating work for someone in refunding all those purchases.

    @Randall – Adding Israel to the destination countries list will be appreciated (actually, well, why not add all countries that you’re not physically incapable of shipping to?).

    Also appreciated will be more realistic shipping costs. But I do know that the USPS is rather expensive in mailing abroad, so maybe it’s not as high as it seems. And, well, at least this is listed in advance, and everyone has an option to choose whether to pay it or not.

  10. We need to get back to hacking the Arduino pronto. Hey, do you still have the only-tragic-kingdom mp3 player? I wonder if it still works.

  11. How do I select international shipping for the book? I didn’t find it from the store and the “Pay now” button directed straight to PayPal.

  12. @Juho – When you get to the PayPal login page, at the top of the page you can open a pane with shipping destination selection.
    Mind you, the selection of countries is kind of limited, but it’s there.

  13. While I would be more than willing to pay the asked $15 to ship a copy to New Zealand, $15 for “5-7 week” shipping? Is that some kind of cruel joke?

  14. @All_That_Complain_About_Shipping You obviously have not ordered anything from the US lately.

    I have got several things this summer and shipping ranged from 45$ for a very small package with fairly expensive content to a standard 16$ shipping for some books off amazon. They all had a stated shipping time of 5-7 weeks but somehow I always got luck and got them in ~3-4 weeks.

    @Randall Please no need to hurry with the signing & shipping of my 2 copies. I prefer to imagine that signing my copies is somehow ( a extremely small ) part of your creative process :D

  15. Maybe the price will continue to reflect the state of discomfort his signing hand is in?

    Was it a mistake before? Hopefully those who ordered for $28 won’t have any complications. I’m sure I’d drop down to the unsigned rather than cough up the extra $7 (“but it’s for a good cause…”, say the demon and angel on my shoulders).

  16. Love the site and blag. But one thing that annoyed me was that all the links don’t open in a new window. Thanks for all the comics.

  17. Save on postage and buy multiples! 2 (one signed) shipped to Australia, along with a tie, and still $21 for postage.

  18. Woohoo! Released on my birthday and all, I had no choice but to buy a signed copy and pay the Australia-is-really-freakin-far-away delivery fee!

    Very excited. Very very excited.

  19. Apart from the (seemingly) high cost of shipping to Australia, I am very happy that this has finally come out!

    And even though I have no money, I am still going to get the signed version, just because everyone knows that signed versions are better.

  20. I just decided that $21 was too steep for one book. So I cancelled my order, went back into the shop, bought the book, 2 shirts, and 2 prints. Makes the shipping just a little more bearable. :D

  21. Shipping to Chile but not Brazil? Please, include Brazil and extend at least one more day for a signed copy, I want a signed copy too (even knowing that, at this rate, you will sign books for at least a week).

  22. hang on.. $15 shipping to new zealand and $21 to australia.. that hurts more than the $21 cost in the first place..

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