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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Grow or Die paperback

We are pleased to be able to announce that the bestselling survival gardening book, GROW OR DIE: The Good Guide to Survival Gardening, is now available in paperback for $11.99. While we are massive proponents of ebooks, this is arguably the one book that you will definitely want to own in a physical format.

While I can't be certain that Kindles will not function properly in the post-Apocalypse, it's probably not the safe bet.

For some reason, Amazon has elected to confer upon David the title of Assistant Professor Psychology and Applied Therapies, so I'm sure you will all join me in congratulating him upon this unexpected academic achievement.

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Blogger Markku May 03, 2016 7:58 AM  

I have notified them, and according to their deadlines, it should get fixed within 12 hours from now.

Blogger Eric Wilson May 03, 2016 8:23 AM  

Congrats, Viidad! I've been waiting for this in paperback. Purchased!

Anonymous MendoScot May 03, 2016 8:23 AM  

Congrats on your promotion and the book, viidad. I look forward to composting it.

Blogger Old Ez May 03, 2016 8:32 AM  

I've only very lately and begrudgingly bought my first ebook, 4GW. I enjoyed it and have bought several more since then, but I could never part with my actual books. The idea that my library could be deleted by someone pushing a button in Bombay is horrifying to me.

Blogger Markku May 03, 2016 8:35 AM  

Our ebooks are always DRM-free, so you can back them up to USB stick with these instructions:

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/features/how-to-backup-amazon-kindle-ebooks-638033

See the part:
Follow these steps to backup ebooks:

Download the Kindle app for Windows or Mac. ...

Blogger Phillip George May 03, 2016 8:45 AM  

timely for this release, jim stone has a short piece on the USA buying california when it was largely desert and subsequently turning it into a food bowl for the world. In related news this week the evidence for rising CO^2 levels regreening this fallen estate world is well and truly in. The whole planet is greener because fossil carbon is being liberated to the atmosphere as plant fertilizer.
It's never been easier to grow a plant, in our lifetimes. Both C3 and C4 plants benefit. The industrial coal fired revolution saved plant life from near extinction as CO^2 levels dropped to all time lows.

There's been an explosion of life and the greens aren't happy about it at all. If there is an award for diametrically opposed to reality the "greens" win.

Anonymous Roundtine May 03, 2016 8:56 AM  

Does this book have a shiny cover or can I throw it straight into the compost?

Blogger SS May 03, 2016 8:56 AM  

Great news. I got your composting book in paperbook as well for the same reason and I've been waiting for this one to come out in physical form.

Blogger frenchy May 03, 2016 8:59 AM  

@ Old Ez,

I save all of my ebooks to my computer, and put them in a folder. That way they are always there. And you can always put your kindle in airplane mode to keep them from snatching them back.

Blogger Thomas Davidsmeier May 03, 2016 9:02 AM  

Wowsers, just in time for Mother's Day. I wonder if I can get Amazon to put a "Do not open" instruction on it for my wife...

Blogger Thomas Davidsmeier May 03, 2016 9:03 AM  

I was going to just tell her I bought her our farm for her, but this gives me a nice physical object to symbolize the whole thing.

Blogger tz May 03, 2016 9:14 AM  

Keep your kindle and a solar USB charger in your faraday cage.
But physical is less trouble.

Anonymous A Visitor May 03, 2016 9:15 AM  

Awesome. I'll be picking up a copy!

OT: Just voted...lines weren't too long but my polling station is always open 12 hours on primaries and Election Day. To my dismay this year, we ended up being part of the 5th District for the House again when two years ago we were part of the 4th. Meanwhile in Terre Haute they have long lines. That aside, the Trumpenkriëg has been unleashed here!

One of my neighbors made Fox News earlier this morning.

For those that have not seen it, this is priceless. Muncie is home of Ball State University. $5 says that guy works for the university.

I looove it! TRUMPENKRIËG!!!!!!

Anonymous Roothairs May 03, 2016 9:32 AM  

Cool beans,

David knows his stuff (a nice blend of theoretical/practical).

David's degree seems perfectly fitting the "deeper you dig" in to the subject.

For example, why do some plants like others (companion planting) and not others (allelochemicals) - could be thought of as a type of plant psychology (not to mention that some of these allelochemicals function in people as neurotransmitters/hormones).

And the methods/amendments to enhance beneficial relationships (good nematodes, myccorhizia associations, etc) could be thought of as applied therapies.

Oh, and be nice to your plants and they'll be nice to you.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24556876

OpenID denektenorsk May 03, 2016 9:41 AM  

Vox, do you have control over what regions Amazon releases the paperback in or is that purely a Amazon rollout?

This is still Kindle only in Canada. As you allude to this is one I want a physical copy of (Compost Everything is in paperback in Canada but I'm not sure what the lead time was like).

Blogger Mish in Utah May 03, 2016 9:51 AM  

Ordered. Thanks.

Blogger Mish in Utah May 03, 2016 9:51 AM  

Ordered. Thanks.

Blogger Markku May 03, 2016 10:21 AM  

Vox, do you have control over what regions Amazon releases the paperback in or is that purely a Amazon rollout?

No. We offer all wholesalers a particular percent incentive, and they either pick it up or not. It could be that Amazon Canada has simply not yet noticed the book, or they have decided that it's not worth their while with that percentage. My guess is the former. If it doesn't appear in a reasonable amount of time, we may reconsider the percentage. Each region has its own, but we offered Canada pretty much the same as everyone else.

OpenID denektenorsk May 03, 2016 10:33 AM  

No. We offer all wholesalers a particular percent incentive, and they either pick it up or not. It could be that Amazon Canada has simply not yet noticed the book, or they have decided that it's not worth their while with that percentage. My guess is the former. If it doesn't appear in a reasonable amount of time, we may reconsider the percentage. Each region has its own, but we offered Canada pretty much the same as everyone else.

Thanks for the reply Markku! Given that Compost Everything is there I expect the former as well.

Blogger David The Good May 03, 2016 10:34 AM  

Thank you, everyone - may your thumbs be green.

-Assistant Professor Psychology and Applied Therapies, David The Good

Blogger Rabbi B May 03, 2016 10:48 AM  

"Applied Therapies"

It's the 'applied' part that should give us all pause. Mazeltov David!

Blogger Sir Thermite May 03, 2016 10:49 AM  

Very good. Just ordered a hard copy for myself and another for my mom for Mother's Day. She loved "Compost Everything" and after following it was amazed by how quickly her plants grew compared to her prior 25+ years of gardening experience.

Blogger Markku May 03, 2016 10:52 AM  

We needed a
composting book
so we applied the
rapist

Blogger CM May 03, 2016 11:06 AM  

Is this actually useful for beginning gardeners? I kill everything except children...

Blogger Markku May 03, 2016 11:07 AM  

tz:

Here's your EMP apocalypse -proof ebook backup solution.

Anonymous mature craig May 03, 2016 11:08 AM  

I love growing food

Anonymous Daedalus Mugged May 03, 2016 11:09 AM  

Markuu, any chance of a package deal for the paperback Compost Everything and Grow or Die? $22 for both individually is quite reasonable, but once I realized I wanted it, I realized it might be a good marketing opportunity to increase total volumes.

Anonymous Ain May 03, 2016 11:10 AM  

Plant psychology. Get inside their heads.

Anonymous fop May 03, 2016 11:17 AM  

When's the book signing tour?

Blogger Markku May 03, 2016 11:18 AM  

Daedalus Mugged wrote:Markuu, any chance of a package deal for the paperback Compost Everything and Grow or Die? $22 for both individually is quite reasonable, but once I realized I wanted it, I realized it might be a good marketing opportunity to increase total volumes.

Sadly, no. It's not in our control, since we publish the books indirectly. The orders go to the Print-on-demand service, and it's as easy or complex for them to print those two books, as any particular two books of any publishers. So, they have no incentive to offer that kind of a service.

Blogger pyrrhus May 03, 2016 11:47 AM  

I'm going to buy it for my daughter in law!

Anonymous Daedalus Mugged May 03, 2016 11:47 AM  

Markuu, thank you for the prompt response. Ordered individually, and looking forward to them.

Blogger pyrrhus May 03, 2016 11:48 AM  

Is that plant parapsychology, David?

Blogger pyrrhus May 03, 2016 11:57 AM  

Out of stock on Amazon....

Blogger Teri May 03, 2016 1:05 PM  

I picked up the Grow or Die and his composting book for Kindle a couple of months back. Both are good reads. He has another book on growing tobacco as a trade item. That's next on my list.

Blogger Teri May 03, 2016 1:05 PM  

I picked up the Grow or Die and his composting book for Kindle a couple of months back. Both are good reads. He has another book on growing tobacco as a trade item. That's next on my list.

Blogger Markku May 03, 2016 1:37 PM  

This always happens during the first days. It fluctuates between out of stock and in stock but requires extra days, hourly. Remember that it is Print-on-demand title, so it cannot possibly be out of stock, ever. Whenever Amazon's stack of books run out, the orders start going to the POD service and the books go directly from there to the customer. This shift happens automatically.

I think this is some kind of a bug, where if the demand is orders of magnitude higher than Amazon anticipated, their transitions cannot cope with it in real time.

If you see "out of stock", check about every half an hour. It will soon move to in stock.

Anonymous mature craig May 03, 2016 1:45 PM  

Yeah I have to start planting soon want to try to grow strawberries this year

Blogger Alexander May 03, 2016 1:47 PM  

Is this actually useful for beginning gardeners? I kill everything except children...

See, that's what makes you a beginner. David's books clearly show that you can safely compost human flesh.

Blogger tz May 03, 2016 1:52 PM  

Added. You ought to consider republishing, perhaps with some updates "The Next Conservatism" by Lind and Weyrich. I think it speaks to this time.

Anonymous FP May 03, 2016 2:29 PM  

"Amazon has elected to confer upon David the title of Assistant Professor Psychology and Applied Therapies"

Congratulations Professor! Took me a minute to find the actual paperback version when searching on Amazon.

Blogger Matthew and the Heaving Bosoms of Liberty May 03, 2016 2:53 PM  

Someday, perhaps an omnibus ...

Anonymous Takin' a Look May 03, 2016 3:05 PM  

Excellent news!

Blogger Were-Puppy May 03, 2016 3:11 PM  

I just finished the compost book.

My relative here does not approve.
I ask her does she want the recliner she is in, or her couches, old clothes, newspapers, can we just throw this stuff behind that out building?

Sadly, the answer is always no QQ

But I did attempt the double dig in one section, and we are already amazed how well that part is doing. So maybe I can do another patch like that.

The books are both good for anybody, beginners included. Thats IMO, as I have always grown flowers, bushes, trees, etc. This is the first time attempting food.

At this point got Strawberries, Romaine, onions, sweet peppers, bell peppers, okra, edamame beans,cantelopes, watermelons, turnips, sure i'm forgetting something.

I just planted a bunch of mustard seeds to try something I read in one of those books about if you put them near the other plants it puts nitrogen in the ground.

Try it, it's fun :P

Anonymous Credo in Unum Deum May 03, 2016 3:15 PM  

I own my weight in Gardening Books, including the Loeb Classical Library edition of Columella's Rei Rusticae, and Cato's de Agri Cultura, and Varro's Rerum Rusticarum.

I have more fruit trees than I know what to do with.

I have more potatoes than I know what to do with.

I have more shallots than I know what to do with.

More tomatoes than I know what to do with...

More carrots...

Peppers...

Beans...

Peas...

Onions...

Lettuce...

Spinach...

I don't need another book on gardening. What I need is 20-30 robotic gardeners to help me and that can be programed to refer to me as "Massa" when I walk by.

Blogger Chiva May 03, 2016 3:41 PM  

Too late. Amazon reports the book as 'temporarily out of stock'. Will have to wait.

Congrats David the Good.

Blogger Dave May 03, 2016 4:08 PM  

-Assistant Professor Psychology and Applied Therapies, David The Good

You may want family members to be on the watch for SJW tendencies, Professor.

Blogger Markku May 03, 2016 7:40 PM  

Author name now corrected, but I had to go through a second round with Amazon to get the editions linked. It may still take 24 more hours.

Blogger Michael Maier May 03, 2016 11:05 PM  

Do NOT forget to buy David the Good's CD too!

OpenID denektenorsk May 03, 2016 11:58 PM  

Yeah I have to start planting soon want to try to grow strawberries this year

We've planted them for the past several years. Keeping the pests (crows, squirrels, mice, etc.) out has been the problem. The little buggers get 'em before we do. I now have bird nets but the squirrels are crafty and my dog is not the sharpest pencil in the box once the squirrels climb a tree.

Blogger Markku May 04, 2016 6:34 AM  

Now the editions are linked too. This concludes this little adventure.

Blogger Bibliotheca Servare May 04, 2016 10:51 AM  

What? Okay now I've got to get this book...composting *meat*? I guess the key is separate compost piles or something... I'm so curious! *runs to buy book*

Blogger Markku May 04, 2016 11:06 AM  

Uh, what? Of course you compost meat. In the same compost as anything else. Something tells me that the entire American culture has gone weird on composting. I thought all the contents of Compost Everything were just common sense, that my family has done all my life. Whenever you get your hands on human excrement, of course you compost it. Wet toilets are a tradeoff. You don't have to carry the container to the compost, but you lose the best fertilizer available.

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