Someone has to come up with a realistic competitor to Amazon. You can’t help feeling this is incompetence born of market domination.

Le Snob: Tailoring, my first book, is available for pre-order on Amazon now. Apparently nothing actually changed on August 1, despite Amazon saying it was available and the publishers telling me the same. It is now officially released on October 1, but the first people will start receiving their copies from mid-September.

The German version is, however, available now. Usefully, Amazon does not mention which is the German version. The only way to tell is by the retail price (£10.64 rather than £8.99) or by using the Look Inside feature to see the pages.

Amazon regularly makes this kind of mistake. Apparently the emails sent to those who have already bought the book apologised for the error. Whatever that’s worth.

I thank you for your patience.

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