Dai Vernon: A Biography

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Postby Guest » 09/19/06 06:39 PM

This book is on amazon.com for $24.95 but it says that it is an abridged version. Does anyone know if a different version was published for the public?
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Postby Guest » 09/19/06 07:20 PM

There is only one version of the book.

It appears Amazon has some problems with the listing. Right now the Vernon bio is marketed together on a page with a lot of AA books! And if you click on the link to the "audio" version of the Vernon bio - of which there isn't one - you get taken to an (abridged) audio version of an AA book.

I doubt that the book is being discounted for Amazon, so if you order with the way their page is set up now, I've no idea what you'd actually end up getting.

Perhaps Gabe Fajuri can get the listing corrected on Amazon.
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Postby Guest » 09/19/06 10:24 PM

Originally posted by once a magician:


I doubt that the book is being discounted for Amazon, so if you order with the way their page is set up now, I've no idea what you'd actually end up getting.
This is a definite computer problem, the Amazon computer seems to think it's a version of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. The only conceivable reason I can think of is that the publisher's description refers to it as a "lush portrait" of Vernon's life. In any case, if you want to buy it through the mail, you can get it directly from the Browser\'s Den in Toronto, autographed by the author.

(I am acquainted with the author, the owner of the store, and the city of Toronto, but receive no compensation from any of them. )
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Postby Guest » 09/20/06 07:45 AM

Hello Forum Folks,

There are indeed problems with the Amazon listing of the Vernon biography, both price-wise and description-wise. I have been pestering the folks on Amazon for over a week to correct the listing with little success. Hopefully the requisite changes will be made soon.

The book has sold quickly and the first edition will be out of print soon. Be sure to get your copy (from your local dealer or from Squash) before they're gone!

Best Regards,

Gabe Fajuri
Squash Publishing
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Postby Marco Pusterla » 09/20/06 10:32 AM

Actually, the problem is due to the fact that the book has two different ISBNs!!!

If you have the book, have a look to the ISBN on the rear dustjacket, in the barcode. This is 0-9744681-5-0, which is the correct one (if you search on Amazon.com, or at Barnes & Noble with this number, you can find Mr. Ben's biography of Vernon).

However, if you OPEN the book and check the cataloguing information (fourth page), the ISBN is recorded as 0-9780675-0-9.

I am intrigued on how this may have happened: a typo? The difference between the two ISBNs is substantial, in my opinion. The problem may be, however, somewhere else: the "5-0" ISBN (dustjacket) seems to be somewhat related to an AA's title, while the "0-9" one doesn't seem to match any book in existence...

I'm puzzled and amused... :eek:

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Postby Guest » 09/20/06 10:40 AM

Two ISBNs?

Darn it now you got me interested in the book for that alone.

:(
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Postby Guest » 09/20/06 10:54 AM

Without getting into a technical discussion of ISBN numbers, let it suffice to say that the first number on the page is for the Canadian edition of the book, and the second one is for the American (Squash Publishing) edition of the book. The error on Amazon is entirely Amazon's.

A very limited number of the first printing of the book was produced with a Canadian imprint, hence the Canadian ISBN. There are very few copies of this edition left. Should anyone have interest in a copy, please contact me at info@squashpublishing.com.

In fact, there are very few copies of the book left in print as I write this - Canadian or American edition. If you have any interest in owning a first edition, be sure to act quickly and make a purchase.

Gabe Fajuri
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Postby Guest » 09/20/06 06:30 PM

I have devoured my first edition part one. I'm interested in part two. Any dates?
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Postby Evan Shuster » 09/20/06 08:04 PM

Gabe,
Congratulations on a terrific book! I am thoroughly enjoying it, and very happy to hear about its success (thus ensuring us of the publication of the second volume --[are there ultimately to be 2, or 3?]--) Just out of curiosity, can you tell us how many copies were initially printed?

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Postby Guest » 09/21/06 06:54 AM

We hope to have volume two - of two volumes - ready in 2008.

Today's Washington Post carries a very flattering review of volume one:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 01647.html

Additionally, the Amazon listing has been (mostly) corrected. Whew!

Best Regards,

Gabe Fajuri
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Postby Leonard Hevia » 09/27/06 04:39 PM

Hi Qwerty, according to Richard Kaufman, all of us are going to have to wait roughly two years for the sequel to the Vernon biography. I say we strap David Ben to a chair in a locked room with a word processor until he finishes it. Food can be slid under the door...
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Postby Guest » 09/28/06 09:15 AM

Have there been any reviews of this book by other Vernon scholars?

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Postby Guest » 09/28/06 09:34 AM

Stephen Minch, who wrote the first 3 Vernon Chronicles, reviewed it for M-U-M...
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Postby Guest » 09/28/06 06:05 PM

Leonard I'm willing to try anything. Two years is a long time. I just might be done with The Vernon Touch by then.
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Postby Guest » 11/12/06 10:46 AM

Attention Forum members:

Thanks to considerable praise from reviewers and readers, Dai Vernon: A Biography is essentially out of print. Only 13 copies of the first edition are available for sale. Don't be disappointed when they sell out!

Order now at www.squashpublications.com.
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Postby Guest » 11/12/06 12:08 PM

How many copies comprised the first printing?

Are there plans for a second printing?
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Postby Guest » 11/13/06 12:33 AM

Originally posted by Gabe Fajuri:
Attention Forum members:

Thanks to considerable praise from reviewers and readers, Dai Vernon: A Biography is essentially out of print. Only 13 copies of the first edition are available for sale. Don't be disappointed when they sell out!

Order now at www.squashpublications.com.
Make that 12 - just ordered mine. Thanks for the heads up Gabe - it's one of the great benefits of a forum like this

Bob
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Postby Guest » 11/13/06 12:00 PM

Six copies of the remaining copies have been sold, so act fast forum members!

2000 copies of the first edition were printed; of these, 300 were produced with a Canadian imprint.
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 11/13/06 12:51 PM

Theres just seven left and time is running out!!!

By the way: These make GREAT gifts! (I know, because I did it!)

What do we have in the next segment, Gabe???

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Postby Guest » 11/13/06 12:52 PM

Originally posted by Gabe Fajuri:
Six copies of the remaining copies have been sold, so act fast forum members!

2000 copies of the first edition were printed; of these, 300 were produced with a Canadian imprint.
So is there going to be a reprint or not?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 11/13/06 01:22 PM

Yes, if there's sufficient demand of course he'll reprint. He's in business!
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Postby Guest » 11/13/06 02:08 PM

Originally posted by Gabe Fajuri:
Six copies of the remaining copies have been sold, so act fast forum members!

2000 copies of the first edition were printed; of these, 300 were produced with a Canadian imprint.
Being a collector I know I should know this, but ...
How can one tell an American imprint from a Canadian imprint???

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 11/13/06 02:27 PM

There's a different publisher's name on the Canadian books, and a different publisher's logo.
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Postby Guest » 11/13/06 02:58 PM

As a seller, doesn't Gabe have to post his full name, address, phone #, etc? :D

Dustin: Was my idea feasible with the GF BBS software? More importantly, when's the social hour scheduled? C.
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Postby Guest » 11/13/06 04:56 PM

So when can we expect the reprint Gabe?

Will there be much of a wait for it?
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Postby Guest » 11/14/06 09:41 AM

To answer your questions, yes, the book will be reprinted. I do not yet have a delivery date from the printer.

Five copies remain of the first edition. Act now, folks!
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Postby Guest » 11/15/06 09:00 AM

Three copies left!

Going...
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 11/15/06 09:50 AM

Gabe, I don't think we need a countdown!
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Postby Guest » 11/15/06 02:30 PM

Richard, you are forgetting that Gabe Fajuri is the Agatha Christie of his generation.
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 11/15/06 03:05 PM

Does that make you his Poirot?
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