Last week we completed our largest direct shippment, as we sent out the preorders for Agille Web Development with Rails, Third Edition. We had tons of books delivered, and bought tens of thousands of dollars of shipping supplies and postage, but despite the volume everything went well (apart from the inevitable paper cuts). I even learned where the big boys go to the Post Office (which turns out to be a pretty impressive facility right next to DFW airport).
So I thought I'd share just a couple of statistics. Domestically, we shipped books to every state except North Dakota. Internationally we shipped to three US bases, and a total of 55 different countries (from Angola to Vietnam). Sometimes I close my eyes and think of the trajectories of all those books spreading out from Raleigh and Dallas—it's a cool picture.
So, if you bought a Rails book from us: thank you! It's been an interesting year (way longer than would would have liked, but that's the joy of working with a rapidly changing technology). We hope you enjoy the result. And, remember, we now have eBook formats available for your Kindle, iPhone, and so on.