Update on the Availability of the Art of Manliness Book

by Brett & Kate McKay on December 14, 2009 · 35 comments

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I’ve been getting many emails about the availability of our recently published book, The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man. Those of you looking for the book may have noticed that it is out of stock on both Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com. We are also out of the copies we have been selling directly through the website.  I talked with our publisher today and we have sold out of our first print run of books. This is exciting news in a way (move over hamster robot!), but also terrible news, as it is two weeks before Christmas and many were hoping to buy the book as a gift for others.

The publisher was monitoring book sales and thought they had enough, but Borders bookstore recently came in and unexpectedly scooped up the last 3,000 copies, leaving the warehouse shelves empty!

Our publisher is looking into a print-on-demand option that will print up more copies quickly and if that is a viable option, there may be copies available again next week. But if you’re looking for the book, you’re best bet is to stop by a Borders bookstore (they’re not selling them online, just in their brick and mortar stores). They should have lots of copies of the book in stock. Barnes and Noble’s stores and local bookstores may have some copies left as well.

I’m quite sorry about this inconvenience; it’s pretty disappointing and frustrating for Kate and I, and if we could remedy the problem in any way, we would. But we’d also like to thank everyone who bought a copy for their tremendous show of support. We really appreciate it!

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mark Nelson December 14, 2009 at 3:59 pm

To be honest, the Borders I just bought mine from only had 2 left. My congratulations: you’ve made one hell of a book.

2 Michael December 14, 2009 at 4:14 pm


At least I have my copy – I guess I should wait until there’s stock to post a review, though.

3 Nathan December 14, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Just out of curiosity; how many does that mean have sold?

4 Bryce December 14, 2009 at 4:16 pm

I just bought a copy at Borders in Bozeman, MT last week. They had approximately 8 copies left.

5 Brett McKay December 14, 2009 at 4:21 pm


The first print run was 10,000 copies. Although 10,000 haven’t technically “sold” as there are still some in bookstores.

6 jfta December 14, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Thanks for letting us know. I’m gonna’ have to try and track one down in a brick & mortar store — I still need one more for a gift.

7 Brian Escamilla December 14, 2009 at 4:31 pm

I was able to get my hands on the very last copy at the only Borders within a 100 mile radius of my home that had any left just in time for the photo contest. That’s awesome news for you guys!

8 Nate @ Practical Manliness December 14, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Congratulations on your high sales!

Have you considered selling it as an ebook… perhaps just while it is out of stock?

9 George Cathcart December 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Just thought i’d add my 2 pence for a change (always lurking, seldom speak out)… Having read the blog for >2 years now I’ve come to think of the opinions and articles expressed here as the quality in the dross that seems to be all over the WWW. The book seemed like an awesome idea, but I didn’t have an occasion to gift it anyone, until of course, noel! Pleased to say I managed to get a copy (commiserations to those that didn’t, this isn’t a gloat), which is finding it’s way to my Father this holidays. Had a quick flick through and wish i’d have bought myself a copy too (didn’t think about that angle! – maybe when there are more in stock in the New Year), and I must say it’s brilliant. Well done & thank you to Brett and Kate, you’ve done a truly sterling job.

10 Jason P. Franklin December 14, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Good on ya, mate! Stoked I am that I got my copy last week.

11 J.D. Meier December 14, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Congrats on success — that’s a great problem to have.

12 Tyler Jacobs December 14, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Thanks for the update, Brett! I was just wondering about this the other night. Still gotta get my copy!

13 Shannon December 14, 2009 at 10:45 pm

I came across the book being featured at Barnes & Noble in Tulsa, OK, flipped through it and we had to get it. After looking through it my husband is ready to go bowler hat shopping and try on his old suits!

14 Edwin December 14, 2009 at 11:16 pm

I must have got one of the last few on Amazon. Thanks for the great book, McKays!

15 Benjamin December 15, 2009 at 12:33 am

I second the E-book proposal!

16 odiextian December 15, 2009 at 1:57 am

I got mine using the service at http://www.amzpricesniper.com. It watched the Amazon inventory and the moment Amazon received fresh inventory at the regular retail price this obnoxious alarm went off.

17 Sally December 15, 2009 at 3:07 am

If you want to get them from Amazon when Amazon restocks, camp out at http://watchmyitems.com/?item=1600614620

18 Dean December 15, 2009 at 6:45 am

Congrats. I gave my son the paperback, and then bought the kindle version for my iPhone. I can’t loan it, so I can’t lose it! Of course, I cannot print the TR insult card either…

Ingram is one of, if not THE biggest book distributor, and they have a robust print-on-demand operation. You’d be surprised how many books are produced POD these days. Good luck and happy sales! Z

19 OutofStock December 15, 2009 at 9:43 am

Yeah, I got my copy at the local Borders, too. Then, after getting home (from driving 45 minutes one way!) a friend asked me why I didn’t just use this “gizmo” site instead. I had no clue there was a place that would actually monitor the out of stock books for you, and, not only notify when they are available, but also take you straight to the checkout screen! It’s like a stock person at Borders handing you the product and then walking you to the front of the checkout line! Duhhh… Next time, definitely.

20 Chanse Arrington December 15, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Sometimes physical retail shopping wins :-) I just purchased 12x copies for Christmas Presents

21 Derrick December 15, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Over here in Europe http://www.play.com still have copies, just got mine through the door this morning.Brett and Kate the book looks super.A job well done.

22 Sal December 15, 2009 at 3:22 pm

I went to the Borders in Deerfield, IL. last night hoping to find a copy.
Not knowing what section to find it, I asked an employee where I might find the book.
He knew exactly where they were as he was ALSO a fan of AoM!
I bought a copy for my father, my girl friends father, and her brother in law.

23 Michael December 15, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Muhahaha I just got mine from amazon last week :D
Good timing.

24 Aaron Wyrick December 16, 2009 at 3:57 pm

I too am pleased to have scored a copy from the Borders in Sunset Hills, MO (suburb of St. Louis). They had 7 copies left on the shelf. My 15 year old son added it to his Christmas list after I had forwarded him links to some AoM articles. Having perused it after returning home, I may collect another copy for my own library. Thank You for a great book and blog. Happy Holidays to all who read this!

25 Philip December 16, 2009 at 7:10 pm

I might offer a creative suggestion to AOM gift givers unable to yet give a copy of the AOM book.

Maybe print out the cover image and paste it onto a journal/notebook. Stick inside a coupon entitling the bearer a copy of “The Art of Manliness” book when one is made available. The journal can serve as a secondary gift, for which the gift recipient can record their transformation or thoughts on manliness when they receive the actual book.

26 Jeff December 17, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Wow. That is both very good and very bad news. Those of you that don’t have a copy yet, be patient: it is worth the wait.

I feel very lucky as my copy showed up on Monday from Amazon. I must have gotten in at the very last of the availability.

27 Tanner December 18, 2009 at 2:35 am

So, I dragged my feet on buying the book just yet. I’ve planned on it, just hadn’t done it yet. Anyway, when the book is back in stock will it still be a “first edition?” I’m not sure how that works but I did want to get a first edition book. If not, lesson learned for me: strike while the iron’s hot.

28 Brent December 18, 2009 at 10:36 pm

I seriously must’ve got one of the last few copies from Amazon. The next day they were out.

No review, just wanted to say thanks for writing this book. My stepfather has been trying to teach me these things for years but only recently have I started to realize that he was right all along.

I recommend everyone get a copy of this book. The presentation is excellent and it really brings home the fact that classiness never goes out of style.

29 Jeff Bridges December 19, 2009 at 7:06 am

Many thanks to your publisher for putting out the book – and boooooo to your publisher for not understanding how popular it would become!

30 Cyndi Lee December 20, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I was up late at a friends house and noticed The Art of Manliness on an end table picked it up and began reading only to find I couldn’t put it down! Their in front of my eyes was everything depicting a true gentleman to be ! On page 259 to my surprise in this day and age there is actually a book out there addressing porn as having no correlation with real woman in a relationship , unless of course if one is into the subject matter . Thank you for sharing your point of view and I hope it will help others understand that most ladies appreciate being looked upon for her soul 1ST and foremost. Cyndi Lee

31 Jonathan December 26, 2009 at 6:55 pm

I bought the only one at the local bookstore in a small town of 50,000 people or so. I was so stunned to see your book on the shelf in that store that I immediately snagged it and put it in my pile of books to look at while sitting on one of their leather chairs. Let me just say that it was the only book that I bought for myself!

I’ve been enjoying the books as I’m reading it in chunks, depending on whatever catches my eye.

32 1916home.net December 30, 2009 at 11:38 am

I’m glad I read this post. I just reserved it online at my local Borders and will head up there today and maybe pick up a couple cigars nearby to smoke while reading the book. I still have the book on order from Amazon and will cancel it if Borders sells me the book later today. Awesome. I’m excited to read through it!

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