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January 25, 2012

Baseball Prospectus Book News

Baseball Prospectus 2012 Update

by Dave Pease

We've been getting questions about Baseball Prospectus 2012... goodness, have we been getting questions.  Here's an update on what you can expect from the 17th edition of the New York Times bestselling baseball annual.

Ship Date
The main question we're getting is "when can I get the book?" Baseball Prospectus 2012 is heading to the printer this week. Our publisher is expecting preorders through national accounts to start shipping between Feb 14 and Feb 21. 
 
In the Book
Baseball Prospectus 2012 has some really cool stuff, including
As always, Baseball Prospectus 2012 will be sold in paperback at all major online and brick-and-mortar outlets.  You can always visit the Prospectus bookstore or the BP homepage to see the current availability and pricing of the annual--as usual, it is being pre-sold at a significant discount.  If you buy the book by clicking a link on our site, we get a small commission, which we appreciate.
 
ebook
For the first time ever, Baseball Prospectus 2012 will also be released in all popular ebook formats--Kindle, iPad, Nook, Kobo, or whatever reader you're using.  The ebook version of Baseball Prospectus 2012 will have all the same content as the printed version, will sell for the same price, and should be available at about the same time--maybe a few days earlier.  This will not be some crappy five-minute transfer of the print files to a minimal ebook format or a series of images... the ebook will be specially formatted to look good and perform well on your device of choice.  Pre-orders for the ebook should be available soon, and we'll keep you updated.
 
App
Our publisher will also be releasing a fully-featured Baseball Prospectus 2012 app for iPhone and iPad.  The app will have most of the same content as the printed book (minus manager stats and comments, Kevin Goldstein's Top 101 Prospects, and Ken Tremendous' 80-grade foreword), and it will also include expanded statistics and sortable projections so you can create your own leaderboards by position or statistic.  You'll be able to refer to the app in-season, as it will include statistical updates throughout 2012.  The app is iDevice only--sorry, Android users, we're going to try to have it for you next year--and we're hoping to have the initial release available by print date. Pricing is still being determined.
 
PDF
We'd been looking at offering Baseball Prospectus 2012 as a PDF, but we decided it would be a more useful option for people to make the book available in all popular ebook formats instead, so that's where our publisher directed their efforts. If a Baseball Prospectus 2012 DRM-protected PDF better meets your needs than any of the formats we're offering this year, please let us know what you're thinking in the comments or send us an email.
 
If you've got any other questions, please let us know in the comments and we'll try to get them answered.

Dave Pease is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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dianagram

Great news ... thanks for the update.

Jan 25, 2012 19:30 PM
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devine

Thanks, Dave! I'm torn between wanting it on my Kindle (which is where I read everything now) and in print, so it could sit next to the annuals from 2000 on.

Any word on when the "Best of BP" books will be in Kindle format?

Jan 25, 2012 19:32 PM
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BP staff member Dave Pease
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Thanks for asking... I'm hoping I'll be able to finish the Best Of conversion in the next two weeks.

Jan 25, 2012 20:20 PM
 
BurrRutledge

Pre-ordered my softcover copy along with the Best of BP series this past weekend. I'm psyched that I will be able to get a copy for my iPhone to read on my train commute!

I could not possibly find a better way to spend the iTunes gift cards from xmas... trust me, I've tried.

Thank you!

Jan 25, 2012 20:02 PM
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Richard Bergstrom

Does it take that much effort to convert an ebook into a PDF?

Jan 25, 2012 20:43 PM
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Brock Dahlke
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You are just one negative person huh Dick?

Jan 25, 2012 21:36 PM
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Richard Bergstrom

That was kind of random, I thought I had a legitimate question... I have no experience with ebook formats but generally, it's pretty easy to convert Word documents and Excel spreadsheets to pdfs.

Jan 25, 2012 21:40 PM
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Brock Dahlke
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It wasn't random, just sick of your comments everywhere on the site

Jan 26, 2012 01:05 AM
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Richard Bergstrom

You know, you might be right. I was just looking at the Comment count feature at myself and a few other "regulars" and I don't think anyone has my number of comments...

Jan 28, 2012 20:46 PM
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BP staff member Dave Pease
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Thanks for asking. I've actually learned a lot about this through the Best of Baseball Prospectus Vol 1 process.

It is probably difficult to convert an ebook to a PDF, as the ebook won't have page numbers or headers and footers. The Baseball Prospectus 2012 ebook is also going to have a layout that's optimized for readers, which will almost certainly necessitate some elements moving around.

It is very easy to convert a physical book to a PDF, provided you have the source files. Then the question becomes, is it worthwhile to set up sales and support for the PDF? That all depends on how many people would actually buy it.

Jan 25, 2012 21:43 PM
 
enelson

It's actually more that it's easy to create a DRM-wrapped PDF, but there's not really much of a retail market (or set of outlets) for it.

Jan 26, 2012 07:22 AM
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enelson

Okay, fine, fine, there will be an ePDF version! But I have to say, I literally have no idea where non-library types can buy one. (I'm the editor for the book at Wiley.)

Jan 26, 2012 07:18 AM
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jpjazzman

Will you have to buy the ebook and App separately? Or does buying the book on the iPad get you the app, etc.?

Jan 25, 2012 20:49 PM
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BP staff member Dave Pease
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Thanks for asking. Unfortunately, there won't be any "bundled" sales of the various flavors of book; each product will be sold separately.

Jan 25, 2012 21:45 PM
 
tigerpu

Great news for the ebook format!!!!

PDF will be my first chioce.

Jan 25, 2012 21:04 PM
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BP staff member King Kaufman
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Wait, was I supposed to edit something?

Jan 25, 2012 22:11 PM
 
enelson

It's okay, we have robots that take care of all that nowadays. (Just to be clear, though: these robots still live in their creators' basements.)

Jan 26, 2012 07:19 AM
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dREaDS Fan

Have to ask: player index this year?

Jan 26, 2012 06:26 AM
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enelson

Yes, and I double-checked that St. Louis was in there, too.

Jan 26, 2012 07:20 AM
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amazin_mess

Gotta say - I love the teal cover. Uplifting, spring-like color!

Jan 26, 2012 07:14 AM
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dianagram

Teal color .... and NO hideous animatronic marlins whirling around the cover celebrating its publication!

Jan 26, 2012 08:38 AM
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batts40

I like that cover, too.

Jan 26, 2012 09:10 AM
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HarleyBK3

I have to ask...does the comment that the eBook "will sell for the same price" refer to cover price, or the bookseller (e.g. Amazon) price?

Jan 26, 2012 11:14 AM
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enelson

It depends on the retailer, but most ebook final prices are at or below the print final price...

Jan 26, 2012 12:06 PM
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roarke

Any idea when the PECOTA spreadsheet will be available for download?

Jan 26, 2012 14:02 PM
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BP staff member Dave Pease
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We will have an update on PECOTA, PFM, fantasy status by early next week.

Jan 26, 2012 14:39 PM
 
cknapp34

Thank you thank you a thousand times thank you for the Kindle/Ipad news!

Jan 26, 2012 14:22 PM
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tschritter

Is there a estimation on when the Player Forecast Manager will have the 2012 projections in it?

Jan 26, 2012 14:32 PM
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BP staff member Dave Pease
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We will have an update on PECOTA, PFM, fantasy status by early next week.

Jan 26, 2012 14:39 PM
 
tschritter

Awesome, thanks!

Jan 26, 2012 21:29 PM
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BigOwe

I'm really excited about the app, but I can't imagine putting too many more dollars towards BPs web-based content. Any chance that subscribers will get a discount on the app? is that even technically possible?

Jan 26, 2012 20:46 PM
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Tynan

The pre-order for Kindle is now working (only $9.99)!

Jan 30, 2012 13:18 PM
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kozysnacker

This is outstanding. The books, while thoroughly enjoyable, were never ideal, and often extremely cumbersome, for subway rides.

Feb 01, 2012 22:03 PM
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deep64blue

Torn between the Kindle and iPad version - real pity there are things missing from the book in the latter, what was the reasoning for that?

Feb 07, 2012 10:09 AM
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cobradave

Will the Kindle and iPad versions will be ready for Tuesday?

Feb 11, 2012 10:14 AM
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markprior22

Read that some were able to d/l Kindle edition. Anyone know if Nook version is downloading yet?

Feb 16, 2012 10:22 AM
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deep64blue

Still no sign of the App?

Apr 05, 2012 14:16 PM
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