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Oct132012

Buying the book

I'm still tied up with other things, but wanted to respond to some of the questions on Hiding The Decline. I'm self-publishing this one, so I'm doing a print run for the initial hard copy orders. The books are due from the printer next week, so I hope to have them on sale soon after that. Kindle and Epub versions are ready to go and will be available direct at the same time.

Once I'm ready to go with the direct sales, I'll put the book up on Amazon via Createspace for those who don't want to purchase direct (there are lots of people who don't want to use Paypal for example). I'm keen to get as many people as possible purchasing direct though.

In the meantime, I hope you are being kept supplied with interesting things to discuss in my absence.

[Book title corrected 15.10.13, 1.57 pm. TM]

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Reader Comments (43)

Before I order one, do subscribers still get a free signed copy?

Oct 13, 2012 at 8:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterBarry Woods

I'm happy with Paypal, so I'll be ordering direct.

Signed copy from your good self would be nice (pretty please)

I trust you have a natonwide speaking tour arranged?

Oct 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

Bish, given how polarised this debate is, are you sure that is such a good title from the point of view of getting people on both sides to read it, which I would have thought is something to aim for - because more will become enlightened, and also your sales ($) will be higher. Yes, we on here are all going to buy it whatever the title, but people who are skeptical about skeptics, or who have already read and believed misinformation elsewhere that there was nothing to "hide the decline", might conclude from the title that they don't need to read it. To give the book more of a chance with these people, I would have thought a more neutral title like "The Climategate Affair" might be better. That might also be more likely to attract readers who have had no interest in climate so far - 'Climategate' is a word that people have heard, and they might be interested to learn more about it. I know the word was already used in the subtitle of HSI, but only in the subtitle, and you are planning to leave it demoted to the subtitle here too.

Oct 13, 2012 at 9:38 PM | Unregistered CommenterSJF

I commit to a direct purchase copy, preferably signed.

SJF

Hide the Decline gets 6,560,000 google search results
The Climategate Affair gets 335,000 results
Mike's Nature Trick gets 219,000 results

Also Hide the Decline already has an iconic youtube hit song.

Oct 13, 2012 at 10:02 PM | Registered CommenterPharos

In the meantime, I hope you are being kept supplied with interesting things to discuss in my absence.
Too bloody right, sport! We can hardly keep up!
I'll be in line (or should that be on-line) for a copy when it's ready.

Oct 13, 2012 at 10:02 PM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

Im slightly confused...am I supposed to submit my review of the book now OR after it goes on sale? :)

Regards

Mailman

Oct 13, 2012 at 10:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterMailman

Hard copy for me please and paypal no problem.

Oct 13, 2012 at 10:07 PM | Registered Commenterlapogus

can sense the mannosphere gearing up for rebuttals

Oct 13, 2012 at 10:35 PM | Unregistered Commenterdiogenes

Looks like Phil Jones isn't a happy bunny:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2217286/Global-warming-stopped-16-years-ago-reveals-Met-Office-report-quietly-released--chart-prove-it.html

Oct 13, 2012 at 10:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Hard copy and digital for me.

Oct 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM | Registered Commentershub

YG: when you say 'hard back' do you mean 'hard' or is it actually a paperback? I would also like to know the price as my wife is going to buy me this as a Christmas present, although she doesn't know it yet. I have a kindle copy of your original book but, although I am a fan of kindle, I have to say that the paper version is preferable (and looks better at the Dog and Duck!). All the best with this venture.
Someone asked earlier if a communicant would buy a copy of Mike Mann's book which reminded me of an occasion many years ago when I was passing through Waterloo station and saw a large advert for the latest edition of the British Rail timetable; someone had scrawled underneath 'Do not miss this outstanding work of fiction'.

Oct 13, 2012 at 11:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterTony Windsor

That David Rose article packed a punch. Tim Lambert's head will surely explode ... :)

Oct 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM | Registered Commentershub

hard Copy (signed?) for me please and can I send you a cheque? I object to the PayPal rip off merchants :P

Oct 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM | Registered CommenterDung

Here's an interesting thing from Saturday's FT. In an article on the genetics of wine grapes, there's mention of an "early ripening variety that vine researchers stumbled across in Brittany ... presumed a descendant of a plant that was grown there in the late middle ages when vines were planted this far north".

What you learn reading by reading about a non-settled science, eh?

Oct 14, 2012 at 12:44 AM | Unregistered Commenterdearieme

I assume if we order it direct, you Grace gets to keep more of the proceeds.

I'll go for the kindle version, direct

Oct 14, 2012 at 12:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterPeter Wilson

Pharos, for me, with the UK Google, Climategate gets 2,500,000 results and "Hide the decline" (with quotes) gets 581,000.

Oct 14, 2012 at 4:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterSJF

Paul -

David Rose is to be commended for having the guts to report what no other MSM has to date. Bob Ward won't be a happy bunny either:

16 June 2011: Guardian: Bob Ward: The Daily Mail owners buy climate change, so why doesn't the paper?
The Daily Mail and General Trust is reducing emissions while the paper continues to publish the views of climate sceptics
(Bob Ward is policy and communications director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science)
The owners of the Daily Mail take climate change very seriously.
The latest annual report of the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) boasts that the company has reduced its emissions of carbon dioxide by more than 13% since 2007, well ahead of its target of a 10% cut by 2012...
Elsewhere, the DMGT website records that the company carried out a review in 2008 to identify "the key risks and opportunities for the group presented by future climate change".
This review was performed by one of DMGT's subsidiaries, Risk Management Solutions (RMS), a company (for whom I worked between 2006 and 2008) with headquarters in California that builds computer models of risk for use by the insurance industry.
RMS describes the review as "complementing the efforts being made to measure and reduce DMGT's carbon footprint" and noted that it "consisted of a thorough assessment of climate change risks to DMGT and opportunities to create business value"...
So why has nobody told the editorial staff at the Daily Mail?...
It is puzzling that the Daily Mail is not more sceptical of the claims made by the director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation. He has a track record for making misleading claims through the media...
Given this latest embarrassment, perhaps the editorial team at the Daily Mail should ask themselves why the newspaper's parent company apparently doesn't buy the claims of so-called climate change sceptics?...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/16/daily-mail-climate-change?intcmp=122

Oct 14, 2012 at 4:40 AM | Unregistered Commenterpat

I use Linux on a netbook, so if you decided to sell a PDF version (or the platform independent version) of the book I'll buy one.

Oct 14, 2012 at 4:48 AM | Unregistered CommenterAgile Aspect

Your Grace

As you are selling direct, please make sure you inform us overseas customers of the p&p costs. One interesting part of the sales method is you can try and match the sales against the reviews, particularly the negative ones. Although as Mailman intimated, one doesn't need to read it to review it ;-)

Oct 14, 2012 at 4:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterChrisM

I shall sacrifice a wind turbine to ensure you have many sales.........

Oct 14, 2012 at 7:47 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlecM

AlecM

Nice one - wiping the coffee off my keyboard now!

Oct 14, 2012 at 8:31 AM | Unregistered CommenterPeter Wilson

Oct 14, 2012 at 4:48 AM | Agile Aspect

epub should be easily readable on Linux.

Oct 14, 2012 at 8:33 AM | Unregistered CommenterRob Burton

I don't agree with SJF about the title being off-putting.

The term,"Hide the Decline", is a gift that the warmists have bequeathed the world and I am sure it has already entered scientific vocabulary and the consciousness of many even though they may not know exactly what it refers to.

It's a great title, and so is the cover, Bish. Inspired! I shall be buying one and another for my MP, Hilary Benn!

Oct 14, 2012 at 9:01 AM | Unregistered Commentermarchesarosa

Barry

Yes, subscribers will be getting a free copy in the format of their choice.

Oct 14, 2012 at 9:06 AM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

Excellent your Grace; I'll keep subscribing if you'll keep authoring.

Oct 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Bish - please clarify. I've placed an advance order with Amazon for the paperback edition, which you don't mention above. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hiding-Decline-W-Montford/dp/0957313500/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350209501&sr=1-1

I'm happy to buy a Kindle version as well for easy reference as I'm hoping I just might be able to persuade my alarmist offspring to borrow the paperback. Would it be to your benefit if I cancel the Amazon order and buy the paperback direct from you when available? No problem with PayPal; in fact I love PayPal.

Oct 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterJockdownsouth

SJF questions the title so here's feedback from another reader with no axes to grind. The moment I saw the cover, the title and that lovely graphic of how the Hockey Stick should really have ended I thought "That's it!"

"You shop, we drop"

"A Town called Sue" (one of my favourite headlines, for an article on London becoming the libel capital of the world)

"Croc of Ages" (Sun headline about a fossil find)

I couldn't have made those up but I know what I like. What's on the cover is dead right. What's inside may be worth a read too - but that won't affect my review on Amazon, which I'll do forthwith :)

Oct 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterRichard Drake

I guess "hard copy" means paperback and not hard cover?

Oct 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Silver

The plethora of order options you've so kindly listed have my head spinning! (I will re-read and reconsider them. Reading comments seems to be of no help for me in clarifying.)

Between yourself and and mods, pleas post a prominent side-bar link! The present, changing graphic for your previous ones is simply not worthy of the new title. It serves a much wider interest! This audience needs your service.

Oct 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterOrson

looking forward to the Kindle version

Have my glowing review written...by the way, whats in the book? :-)

Oct 14, 2012 at 5:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterEd Forbes

The Met Office have issued a 'robust' defence of their position in response to the piece by David Rose.

See http://metofficenews.wordpress.com/2012/10/14/met-office-in-the-media-14-october-2012/

Safe to say that global warming is continuing unabated and we just need more money to research the bits around the edge like the oceans!

Oct 14, 2012 at 5:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterDolphinhead

Looking forward to the grand publishing. I expect it to be a smash, especially now the MET office has confirmed " the decline"!

Oct 14, 2012 at 5:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterAJStrata

Dolphinhead; the Met. Office has included the usual '8 warmest ever years in the past decade', a bit like me saying since I got to 21 my height has been a record for 45 years. However, they do put in the caveat that a longer period of steady temperatures will be very significant.

My take on this is that there is a growing group within the Met. Office, as in NASA and other state organisations getting increasingly disturbed that the 'consensus' is based on fake physics and an obsession with CO2-AGW which cannot occur if you look at real IR data [lowish water vapour swamps any effect of change of CO2].

Oct 14, 2012 at 5:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlecM

Sorry this is OT but just had a quick look at the paper referenced by the Met Office

see http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcrut4/diagrams.html

this only goes up to 2010 but appears to show that 'global warming' is very much a northern hemisphere phenomenon and the 'unusual' warming of the late 20th century is identified by starting the trend in 1979 which appears to be a rather cold starting point. So the authors of the paper do exactly what the Met Office accuse David Rose of doing - namely picking a starting point that fits their narrative. Who'd a thunk it!

Oct 14, 2012 at 5:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterDolphinhead

Dolphinhead: the N. hemisphere warming is in my view from the reduction of cloud albedo by Asian aerosol pollution, now saturated.. Also possibly a contribution from the Arctic melting, a 70 year cycle,. aided by the Fe accumulated in old ice which nucleates vast phytoplankton blooms you can see from space; the dimethyl sulphide from these does the same as the Asian aerosols.

Oct 14, 2012 at 6:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterAl

marcherosa and Richard - I am sure it is a good title for other reasons, I am only questioning its ability to attract the two readerships I described. Still not convinced about that, but it appears the die is cast now,so let's hope I am wrong.

Oct 14, 2012 at 8:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterSJF

SJF: There are certain people for whom the best title is no title and no book. People are passionate in this debate and perhaps the most passionate never read the other side. There's no point trying to attract such people. If there's open-mindedness then the old mnemonic AIDCA comes into play:

1. Attention
2. Interest.
3. Desire.
4. Commitment.
5. Action.

Hide the Decline is the key phrase recognisable from Climategate I in November 2009 apart from the name itself. The piece of spaghetti graph behind it tells someone at once that the story is a bit more complicated than it might at first seem. I think this has a great chance of getting someone thoughtful through A and I. D will depend if the person wants to open up this can of worms, as it most assuredly is. But there's no point softening the blow. Clarity is key, as is the polite and engaging style we've come to expect from the author if they delve within, either in the bookstore or on Amazon. But I'm only giving voice to my instinctive reaction here. And note the reinforcement of The Hockey Stick Illusion. "Ah yes, I really must read THSI," one can imagine some saying. The existence of a sequel tells anyone who comes across it that there's a viewpoint here isn't going away. "But I thought the inquiries put that all to bed?" The tension this produces either leads to ostrich-like escape or again, desire. The psychology is interesting. Happily Professor Lewandowsky will be a long way away from most punters as they come across the challenge.

Oct 14, 2012 at 10:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterRichard Drake

SJF

I understand where you are coming from but for those already "into" climate change the name of the author is enough to pigeon hole the book. However even today the phrase "Hide the Decline" is only understood by hard core warmists and ahem deniers and so I think it is a good title (only saying this to get a signed copy hehe)

Oct 15, 2012 at 1:39 AM | Registered CommenterDung

The lane is very dirty.
My shoes are very thin.
You've got a little pocket
To put a volume in.

Slip the Bish's
And Bob Tisdale's,
Celebrate,
To them all hail!
=========

Oct 15, 2012 at 3:42 AM | Unregistered Commenterkim

Bish, please get the title of your book correct - I think it is "Hiding the Decline"!
[Done now, thanks. TM]

Oct 15, 2012 at 11:58 AM | Registered CommenterPaul Matthews

1 hardcopy please.
best regards,

Harry

Oct 15, 2012 at 12:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Kal

Just cancelled by amazon pre-order - Paypal is fine with me

Oct 15, 2012 at 12:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterSean Houlihane

Hard copy, preferably signed, and PayPal is fine.

Oct 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM | Unregistered Commentermeltemian

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