Thursday, May 18, 2006

The vagaries of international shipping

We printed The City of Ugarit at Tell Ras Shamra overseas, something we don't usually do. We did it because of all the color used in the book. We couldn't have done it at a reasonable price – Eisenbrauns reasonable :) – here in the states.

The shipment was supposed to arrive in Chicago yesterday. We would then get it in about 2-4 days. Well, it was delayed in customs for checking. Ugarit is in the Middle East, so you never know, could be dangerous :) Anyway, I digress.

It is now being loaded onto a train bound for Chicago. It will arrive in Chicago in 5-7 days. Just in time for the Memorial Day holiday, which will delay it another few days. All in all, we should see it either May 31 or the beginning of June.

Speaking of which, I saw the worst advertising piece the other day. A certain Christian publisher is putting out a fictional book on the dispensational view of the endtimes. The date of release is 06-06-06. Guess how they are advertising it? Yep, 666, be ready.

Which caused one of the customer service representatives to quip, "I knew the end of the world would come before Yon got published!" Now you know.

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