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Ever been glued to a crocodile? The most embarrassing stories of fieldwork scientists illustrated in a book!
Ever been glued to a crocodile? The most embarrassing stories of fieldwork scientists illustrated in a book!
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A big stack of books!

Posted by Jim Jourdane (Creator)

They arrived! 

(Some important information in this news. If you’re in a hurry, you can read directly the bolded paragraph at the end)

 I love books, but I don’t think I ever had so many books at home. A bit less than two tons. I could build a fort made of books!

Unpacking : good news, the printing is great. Our Belgium friends did a great job! 


I also received the prints. No concerns neither.

After testing 6 or 7 different envelopes looking for the best weight / price / resistance, I bought something like 1000 reinforced padded envelopes. If you think that's a lot of envelopes, you need to know I still wait a few hundreds more :)


The end of the "shipping cost" suspense : I was able to deal decent international shipping costs. Whew! Shipping costs, with printing, were my main concern! Luckily the fact I send a lot of packages allow me to get attractive postal fees. That's a big problem solved. 

With this special fees, there are a few minor inconveniences though - I hope it won’t bother you too much:

  • Books will be all sent independently, in separated envelopes. The Post office asked parcels of the same size/weight to benefit this special fees so it's not possible to send multiple books in one parcel.
  • Sorry, tracking won't be possible! I’m going to repay your €5 to all those who took the « tracked shipping » option in the survey, I’m so sorry for having it recommended! Anyway, if there were any concern with your book, like parcel damaged or lost, I would send you another one. 

Also the little booklet with sketches and illustration process is not finished yet. To avoid to delay all the shipping process, I’ll send it later, separately.

Still Missing

24 people never gave their address. Either my emails go to their spam folder, or maybe their email box is full? If you know them, please suggest them to give me their address whenever possible or they’ll never get the book! 

Thomas Humphrey
Debbie Block
Antonina D Saburova-Ng
Virginia Chan
Megan Thomas
Julia Fallon
Tatiana Bouzdine
Esme Trahair
Mahmoud Saleh
Paul Turner
Rukesh Patel
Simon Lalumière
Pam Stout Rieser
Carrie Strowd
Moretti Carlo
Jessica Lee
MK Goodwin
Jason Fisher
Emilie Hall
Julie knight


I’m not alone, all my family offered their precious help for the logistics, whether for carrying books, Excel manipulations to create labels, placing the labels on envelopes (or just taking photos)!

(if you wonder, I'm the second from the right)

I’ve signed and numbered 950 illustrations prints. One thing out of the way! And an appetizer before the 1200 books I’ll sign this week :)

That’s all for now! 

Here is a recap of important information for busy people: 

  • I received the books \o/ 
  • Books will be all sent in 7-10 days! 
  • Due to some postal constraints, books will be sent in separated envelopes (eg. for two books you’ll receive two envelopes) 
  • The booklet will be sent afterwards 
  • I'm closing the surveys. From now, if you want another copy or else, you can go to the pre-order page 
  • People who recently changed their address or never gave it (see names above), please hurry up to update your informations!

Huge thanks everyone!


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      Lisa on

      Thanks for sharing these steps and photos with us. It continues to be a wonderful pleasure to share in the art, the science, the logistics, and the joy of this project with you!

    2. Andrew Hurwitz

      Awesome Jim, can't wait to get it!

    3. Jim Jourdane Creator on

      @Alexandru Nedel : Yes! I know that book corners are often damaged with bubble envelopes, I use cardboard corners inside the envelope to protect specifically the book corners.

      @Glint Thanks!!

      @Chase turner : Yes! You can smell the odor of fresh books everywhere in the house! :D

      @David : thanks!!

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      Alexandru Nedel on

      I can't be sure from the photo:
      are the envelopes rigid = cardboard ?

      If not, it's pretty much guaranteed that some corners will be dented.
      Since each book will travel alone, there will be no middle book that's better protected.

      Bubble wrap envelopes are not good for books.

      Hardcover books intended as gifts should be in perfect condition.

    5. Glint on

      Please, as much as I appreciate the offer, there us no need to refund the tracked shipping cost for my book (I'm fairly sure I chose that option??), keep it as a "Thank you" for the timely updates, the hardwork and the excellent product.

    6. Chase Turner on

      I love the odor of freshly printed books .. but wow! Having all those copies of your book in the apartment, I'd be overwhelmed myself. That said, happy to see your helpers in the photo and I'm looking forward to gifting your wonderful inspiration to my daughter who recently returned from Costa Rica to study ants there.

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      David Bygott on

      congratulations! I used to be a small publisher in Tanzania so I know what a lot of work it is. I am looking forward to seeing my book, and wish you every success :)