I hate to deliver bad news right before the Thanksgiving holiday. While I was hopeful in the previous update that you would get your books before Christmas, I realize now that will almost certainly not happen.
It took a week to sort through the massive stack of boxes you saw in the photos. Unfortunately, a very large number of the books were defective. So many in fact that I need to get them replaced.
A few print errors are to be expected in large orders like this. I padded the order order numbers based on my experience from my previous Kickstarters. In addition, printers make overruns, so the final tally of books is higher than the number ordered. Still, even with the padded numbers and overruns, the number of misprinted and damaged books is severe.
After thorough inspection, it's clear that the damage took place at the factory, rather than in shipping. I'm not sure why or how they got by quality assurance, but I am in contact with the print company now trying to make sure that everything gets made right and that the books are replaced. Unfortunately, being Thanksgiving week, everything moves a little more slowly right now.
I'm sure you can guess that I am pretty upset about this. I'm very sorry to everyone who was hoping for a Christmas delivery. I want to assure everyone that you will get your books. It will just take a little bit longer that I hoped it would.
I will begin fulfillment of some of the orders very soon. I'm limited to the number of undamaged books that I have, so I will pack and ship orders until I run out of books. Hopefully by then I'll have a new shipment on the way, but at this stage I don't want to give a date only to have to revise it again later.
Thank you to everyone who commented on the last update about how excited you are to get them. They're coming, just a little late! I'll post another update when I have more information.