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Aug 12 2013

So you don’t want to pay for it?

Unbelievable, I know, but some people don’t want to buy a copy of my book, and others tragically can’t afford a copy. Here’s a chance, though: a contest to win one of ten signed copies of The Happy Atheist. If only ten of you bother to register, I think that means you’re guaranteed a free copy!

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  1. 1
    Zeno

    But, but, but … I sent you a copy of mine! (Fear not, PZ, I’ve already ordered my copy and wait near the mail box with bated breath.)

  2. 2
    maudell

    Why won’t anyone think of us poor Canadians?

  3. 3
    Inaji

    I would *love* a signed copy, but I can afford to pay and have already pre-ordered two e-books and one tree book, so there!

  4. 4
    Stu

    Uuuh! I registered, a bit too quickly….I feel so cheap now :-(

  5. 5
    Randomfactor

    If I got a signed copy, I’d give it away to a needy atheist. Because Jesus.

  6. 6
    New England Bob

    If only 5 sign up do they each get 2 copies?

  7. 7
    Callinectes

    If every friend you refer gets you another entry, and PZ referred just about everybody on his blog, doesn’t that mean there’s a good chance that PZ will end up winning ten copies of his own book?

  8. 8
    throwaway

    Caine, if you put your referral link, I’m sure there will be no shortage of people who will ensure your victory.

  9. 9
    throwaway

    Oops, strike that, misread what you said.

  10. 10
    b. - Order of Lagomorpha

    Whelp, I signed up, but only because I’ve spent my book budget for this month (sorry, but I’ve been waiting for Jim C. Hines Codex Born for freaking ever. (I’m trying to slow the household book proliferation–we can’t afford a bigger house.) If I’m not a winner, I know where next month’s book buying budget will be going.

  11. 11
    Inaji

    b. – Order of Lagomorpha:

    sorry, but I’ve been waiting for Jim C. Hines Codex Born for freaking ever.

    Gad, I know. That seemed like an interminable wait, didn’t it? I was ready for the next one in the series the second I finished it, too. Jim Hines just can’t write fast enough.

  12. 12
    qwerty

    When Borders went out of business, I bought enough books to provide myself with reading for a long, long time. So, your book will have to wait, but I promise to buy it. Then, some impoverished person or someone too cheap to buy it can get a copy with your John Hancock.

  13. 13
    Marc

    Sigh, I guess PZ hates Canadians…sob. No free books for your poor northern neighbours, sniff, sniff.

  14. 14
    Marc

    PS: Is it because we call you P-Zed?

  15. 15
    AstrySol

    Callinectes

    If every friend you refer gets you another entry, and PZ referred just about everybody on his blog, doesn’t that mean there’s a good chance that PZ will end up winning ten copies of his own book?

    I guess in that case ~50% of all entries would be PZ, so it would be quite easy for PZ to win one book. But to win them all, the chance would be like ~.1% (it’s probably still higher than what others need to win just one though, given the power of Pharyngulation and only ~50% entries being available.)

  16. 16
    nich

    Bu..bu…but you gained so many new page hits from running that email that you’re bound to get thousands of entries!

  17. 17
    teslaturing

    Thank you for the heads up PZ. As I already entered about 120 sweepstakes and contests today I must say this would be by far my favorite prize to win :) Good Luck to all that enter.

  18. 18
    maudell

    @Marc – worse even, French Canadians call him Pay-Zed.

  19. 19
    Ray, rude-ass yankee

    I already ordered mine at my local bookstore, should be able to pick it up tomorrow! But a free (and signed!) one would mean I have an extra to lend out to friends and family. Good luck to all.

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    b. - Order of Lagomorpha

    Caine, Fleur du mal

    Gad, I know. That seemed like an interminable wait, didn’t it? I was ready for the next one in the series the second I finished it, too. Jim Hines just can’t write fast enough.

    You, too? That’s the author’s dilemma, I suppose–write really good books that people love and then have to deal with us whining when you don’t produce them on our schedule. I really do want to read PZ’s book, though. One way or another, I’ll get it. (insert evil laugh here) I just have to fight off the urge to knit my own Smudge in the meantime. A little too cutesy-ish for my taste and my husband’s arachnophobic. Still tempting. Maybe if I hide it somewhere and hope he doesn’t come across it by accident…

  21. 21
    Inaji

    b. – Order of Lagomorpha:

    I just have to fight off the urge to knit my own Smudge in the meantime.

    Hee. Me, I’d just as soon reach right into Libriomancer and steal Smudge. (I’m not really that nasty, but it would be tempting.) I fell head first for Smudge in Jim Hines’s Goblin series.

    Yes, me too! Boy, the way he left Codex Born, that was a teeny bit cruel, given how long we’re going to have to wait.* My partner just started reading Hines, with the Libriomancer series and *loved* them. He’s reading the Princess series now, keeps muttering how addictive they are. :D

    *Especially with the notion of being able to reach beyond dead tree limits. The implications of that one are stunning.

  22. 22
    raj

    I’ll take an audiobook copy with you reading it. :)

    (Just kidding. I’ll have to go buy this book, I think.)

  23. 23
    Vicki, duly vaccinated tool of the feminist conspiracy

    Or I can pay for a copy and *not* get on some stranger’s mailing list, right?

  24. 24
    b. - Order of Lagomorpha

    @ Caine, Fleur du mal

    Yay for your partner! And yay for you for introducing him to several lovely worlds. :) Just don’t tell him when the next Hines book comes out so you can read it in peace. “Aren’t you done? You look like you want to do (whatever), so I’ll read it for a bit.” Been there.

    @ Vicki

    Unless you buy from Amazon and they then bombard you with sales and “these books fit your interests!” and other odd offers. Or a number of other online sellers who do the same. Twice a year I go in and look at any email lists I’m on and decide if I’m interested enough in them to stay on them. If not, it’s unsubscribe time. And I keep any mailing lists subscribed on a second email–less hassle digging through for emails from actual people.

  25. 25
    Inaji

    b. – Order of Lagomorpha:

    Just don’t tell him when the next Hines book comes out so you can read it in peace.

    Oh, I remedied that by insisting that he buy a tablet. We both have one, so we can read the same book at the same time. We have 980 tree books in the house, and we are out. of. room. :D

  26. 26
    anuran

    I’ve already paid you for it you Humanist Hussy, you!

  27. 27
    b. - Order of Lagomorpha

    Caine, Fleur du mal

    Oh, I remedied that by insisting that he buy a tablet. We both have one, so we can read the same book at the same time. We have 980 tree books in the house, and we are out. of. room. :D

    I already knew from several discussions here that you are Brave and Good (capitalization intended) and now I know you’re Fucking Brilliant. :D *kicks self severely for not having thought of it* I do love actual book-books, though, but it’s definitely a way out of a morass of household whinery.

  28. 28
    Alethea Kuiper-Belt

    US residents only. *shakes fist*

  29. 29
    mothra

    I plan to buy your book (now more than ever)- and to give copies as gifts as well.

  30. 30
    jeanettegarcia

    I heard from Amazon that your book is on the way. I am a little miffed with them because I ordered your book two months ago and ordered hubby a new billfold. Apparently they have lumped your book with the billfold so hubby has had to wait for delivery. I can hardly wait to read about the “Happy Atheist.”

  31. 31
    F [is for failure to emerge]

    Is there anyone who would really like a shot at this who does want to post a referral link?

  32. 32
    Michael

    How will you know if I am a US resident or not?

    If I’m not and I win, the US address I give might not actually be mine, but someone who will forward it to me…

  33. 33
    F [is for failure to emerge]

    How will you know if I am a US resident or not?

    You “would be the website for the publisher/distributor, which determines these things by IP (and potentially by shipping address later on). Yes, that is the limit of detection.

    If I’m not and I win, the US address I give might not actually be mine, but someone who will forward it to me…

    Sure. And? That certainly could happen, but the publisher/distributor wouldn’t be involving itself with the constraints of contracts and the idiocy of copyright laws. No problem there. (Unless the First Sale Doctrine is destroyed, which some people/corporations try to accomplish. But it hasn’t happened yet.)

    Or do you imagine that PZ is personally trying to deny access to readers outside of the US? (Because that would be hilarious.)

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