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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.
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dianagramr
1/26
Great news ... thanks for the update.
devine
1/26
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?
dpease
1/26
Thanks for asking... I'm hoping I'll be able to finish the Best Of conversion in the next two weeks.
BurrRutledge
1/26
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!
Oleoay
1/26
Does it take that much effort to convert an ebook into a PDF?
mnsportsguy1
1/26
You are just one negative person huh Dick?
Oleoay
1/26
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.
mnsportsguy1
1/26
It wasn't random, just sick of your comments everywhere on the site
Oleoay
1/29
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...
dpease
1/26
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.
enelson
1/26
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.
enelson
1/26
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.)
jpjazzman
1/26
Will you have to buy the ebook and App separately? Or does buying the book on the iPad get you the app, etc.?
dpease
1/26
Thanks for asking. Unfortunately, there won't be any "bundled" sales of the various flavors of book; each product will be sold separately.
tigerpu
1/26
Great news for the ebook format!!!! PDF will be my first chioce.
kingteen
1/26
Wait, was I supposed to edit something?
enelson
1/26
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.)
mgolovcsenko
1/26
Have to ask: player index this year?
enelson
1/26
Yes, and I double-checked that St. Louis was in there, too.
mhmosher
1/26
Gotta say - I love the teal cover. Uplifting, spring-like color!
dianagramr
1/26
Teal color .... and NO hideous animatronic marlins whirling around the cover celebrating its publication!
batts40
1/26
I like that cover, too.
HarleyBK3
1/26
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?
enelson
1/26
It depends on the retailer, but most ebook final prices are at or below the print final price...
roarke
1/26
Any idea when the PECOTA spreadsheet will be available for download?
dpease
1/26
We will have an update on PECOTA, PFM, fantasy status by early next week.
cknapp34
1/26
Thank you thank you a thousand times thank you for the Kindle/Ipad news!
tschritter
1/26
Is there a estimation on when the Player Forecast Manager will have the 2012 projections in it?
dpease
1/26
We will have an update on PECOTA, PFM, fantasy status by early next week.
tschritter
1/27
Awesome, thanks!
BigOwe
1/27
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?
granbergt
1/30
The pre-order for Kindle is now working (only $9.99)!
kozysnacker
2/02
This is outstanding. The books, while thoroughly enjoyable, were never ideal, and often extremely cumbersome, for subway rides.
deepblue64
2/07
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?
cobradave
2/11
Will the Kindle and iPad versions will be ready for Tuesday?
markprior22
2/16
Read that some were able to d/l Kindle edition. Anyone know if Nook version is downloading yet?
deepblue64
4/05
Still no sign of the App?