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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Castalia Library goes big

People have been asking when the second volume of Plutarch would be available as a one-off for non-subscribers. Both Library and Libraria editions are now available. Pictured below is the stunning Libraria edition.

The Plutarch volumes are massive and VERY expensive to ship, especially internationally. It's taking the bindery a while to pack them, since both volumes are shipping together, but they're working on them now and they have implemented a new tracking system that should make life considerably easier on those who are still waiting for their books to arrive. So, if you are still waiting on your books like me, just be patient. They are aware of the issue and it is being resolved.

Now, here is the intriguing thing about our delivery challenges. It struck me as very, very odd that a company that has been in the business for decades would be having so many difficulties with the international shipping, even in the Age of Covid, so I had a long conversation with one of the executives at the bindery. One particularly interesting thing I learned is that this is all entirely new to them....

In other words, the market is 2-3 times bigger than I had estimated, and we are already the market leaders on the international front. So this is all very good news from a strategic perspective. And in other good news, we have worked out an arrangement with a Big Four publisher that will permit Castalia Library to produce a set of a very important author's works that every reader of this blog will instantly recognize. At least one of the books will be part of the subscription. So, if you haven't subscribed yet, this is most certainly the time to do so!

Also, instead of waiting until all of the Junior Classics are published in hardcover, we plan to do the first five or six in leather this year for reasons related to production efficiency. If you're still waiting for your hardcovers, or your hardcovers were damaged in shipment, we've forwarded your information to the printer and they have assured us they will be taking care of the problems soon. And please note before you comment that this blog is not tech support and I do not even live on the same continent where the books are printed, bound, and shipped. 

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34 Comments:

Blogger #7139 March 17, 2021 2:23 PM  

Ordered the two Plutarch volumes and the Divine Comedy on March 4. Library edition. Good to hear they are getting closer to shipping.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd March 17, 2021 2:24 PM  

I definitely recommend the subscriptions, even with the delays.

Blogger Randomatos March 17, 2021 2:36 PM  

Wright?

Blogger Lorel March 17, 2021 2:40 PM  

Thanks for the Junior Classic update!

Blogger xevious2030 March 17, 2021 2:42 PM  

Awesome.

Blogger Fellow Traveler March 17, 2021 3:10 PM  

Concerning the Castalia Library catch-up option, would one pay and specify the book they want (if available) or would they receive the immediately preceding book? (So If Plutarch II is current, 1x catch-up option would get you Plutarch I, and so on in reverse order) I'm strongly considering doing a subscription.

Blogger Speaker for the Dead March 17, 2021 3:43 PM  

On an related, but completely separate topic. I'm trying to move away from evil companies...
What are the current recommendations for these?
Search - duckduckgo, yes?
Browser - still Brave, yes?
Email provider?
VPN /anonymizer provider ?
Crowd sourcing company?

Maybe a link on the main blog page with these kinds of recommendations?
Thanks.

Blogger Stilicho March 17, 2021 3:54 PM  

Just for fun, I am guessing Umberto Eco

Blogger Tanjil Bren March 17, 2021 4:03 PM  

A beautiful looking volume. Congratulations.

Blogger rex@castaliahouse March 17, 2021 4:14 PM  

Unseen11 wrote:So if we should move houses while waiting for the juniour classics, the best place to update those details would still be the contact page on indie go go?

If IndieGogo allows you to update the shipping information, yes, please do so.

Otherwise you can email me at rex@castaliahouse.com for support for Junior Classics shipping.

Blogger FUBARwest March 17, 2021 4:18 PM  

I'm sure it's not Tolkien but I really, really want it to be.

Blogger Silent Draco March 17, 2021 4:21 PM  

Not even going to speculate on the author. I will wait for the pleasant surprise. I find two things amazing in this:

1. There's a considerable market segment in agreement with Vox's tastes, but that had been ignored.

2. Through good leadership and decentralized planning, Castalia House and others were either in position or could be positioned quickly to take advantage of strategic openings.

I can deal with growing pains in the logistics train, if the legions keep securing strong points.

Blogger James Jameson March 17, 2021 4:40 PM  

Please make the leather Junior Classics available for non-backers at some point.

Blogger KingKrawFish March 17, 2021 4:46 PM  

Are the Jr. Classics going to be offered in a limited edition sheep skin version?

Blogger RobertDWood March 17, 2021 5:31 PM  

Orsen Scott Card?

Blogger Lushtree March 17, 2021 5:34 PM  

Any chance of Castalia Library doing Summa Theologica? To put on the shelf next to Summa Elvetica, of course. A lot of the shelf...

Blogger Harris March 17, 2021 5:41 PM  

I'm 19 days from paying off a $250K debt, after which my cash flow will increase dramatically. I'm planning on getting the junior classics for my (future) grandchildren, among other things.

Blogger Filster March 17, 2021 5:50 PM  

Is there an update on ebooks shipping?

Blogger Doktor Jeep March 17, 2021 6:24 PM  

A book so grand, I would be afraid to open.

Blogger rex@castaliahouse March 17, 2021 6:48 PM  

James Jameson wrote:Please make the leather Junior Classics available for non-backers at some point.

Because the leather books are necessarily limited editions, we have to decide on the size of a print run quite early. If there is enough interest, we may be able to do additional preorders, which would allow us to increase the edition size.

Lushtree wrote:Any chance of Castalia Library doing Summa Theologica?

Yes, there is a chance. We haven't discussed that particular title yet, but the more successful we are, the higher the chance that we'll get to it.

Blogger rex@castaliahouse March 17, 2021 6:54 PM  

Filster wrote:Is there an update on ebooks shipping?

Not yet. I know it's funny that they're lagging the print editions, but that's because we're getting the content and illustrations nailed down for print first. Normally we produce an ebook, then base the print on that.

Blogger Karen took the Kids March 17, 2021 7:27 PM  

Will the 4-6 hardcover Junior Classics be coming to original backers before the leather editions are available?

Blogger Shane Bradman March 17, 2021 8:19 PM  

I apologise for living in Australia where the shipping is so expensive it would make sense grandmama faint, but it's your own fault for making the books such damn good value.

Blogger VD March 17, 2021 8:44 PM  

Yes, a hardcover edition will always precede a leather edition for the Junior Classics.

Blogger VD March 17, 2021 8:45 PM  

Please make the leather Junior Classics available for non-backers at some point.

This will happen soon, but it will be for a limited time.

Blogger VD March 17, 2021 8:47 PM  

Are the Jr. Classics going to be offered in a limited edition sheep skin version?

We might do a VERY limited goatskin edition, but they will cost 5k. If anyone is SERIOUSLY interested in that, they should email me.

Right now, we're planning a run of one. For me....

Blogger Bearbrained Schemer March 17, 2021 11:41 PM  

They did that.

Blogger Mikko March 18, 2021 4:45 PM  

I have not yet received the international shipment. Should I inform you or somebody else, or do you already know who has not received it?

Blogger Mister Bill March 18, 2021 10:58 PM  

Duck, Brave, Proton, wtf do you need VPN for - porn or torrents? I digress.

I’d recommend getting on Social Galactic and asking this question there.

Maybe someone could start a group where this topic is discussed.

Blogger Mister Bill March 18, 2021 11:00 PM  

Congrats!

Blogger rex@castaliahouse March 20, 2021 5:21 PM  

Mikko wrote:I have not yet received the international shipment. Should I inform you or somebody else, or do you already know who has not received it?

Email rex@castaliahouse.com

Blogger Filster March 20, 2021 6:10 PM  

Thank you for the response.

Blogger James Jameson March 21, 2021 9:03 PM  

And in other good news, we have worked out an arrangement with a Big Four publisher that will permit Castalia Library to produce a set of a very important author's works that every reader of this blog will instantly recognize.

I'm betting it's Nassim Taleb's Incerto.

Blogger MidnightSun March 22, 2021 7:18 PM  

Received 'Inferno' today....stunning.

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