Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

25 Jul 2011

SITE NEWS: FOA 2011 Goes on Sale (Sort Of)

We are pleased to announce that the college portion of Football Outsiders Almanac 2011 is now available. As in past years, you can buy just the FO College Football Almanac for just five dollars. The college previews will also be included in the regular, full-size FOA 2011.

That leads us to a weird problem because of the lockout. We made a decision early on that we couldn't have the most accurate projections and forecasts for the 2011 season unless we waited for free agency and the end of the lockout. Therefore, neither KUBIAK fantasy football projections nor the NFL previews in FOA 2011 are ready at this point. However, we don't want people to have to choose between waiting to read the college previews or laying out money to buy them twice. Therefore, we have made all our FOA 2011 PACKAGES available as of right now:

  • FOA 2011 plus 2011 KUBIAK projections for $30.
  • FOA 2011 plus a year of Premium for $48.
  • The MEGA-PACKAGE with FOA 2011, 2011 KUBIAK, and a year of Premium for $60.

However, if you buy a package right now, you will only be downloading the college portions of the book. The rest will be available when we are finished and at that time, anyone who has already paid for FOA 2011 will be able to download the full version free of charge. In addition, right now KUBIAK just consists of a page that says "Hey, KUBIAK coming later." If you buy a package now, you will be able to download KUBIAK after free agency, when we get it all finished up.

A rough timeline:

  • Full 2011 KUBIAK projections will probably be available around August 10.
  • Full Football Outsiders Almanac 2011 will probably be available in PDF format around August 18.
  • The physical book version of FOA 2011 will probably be available around August 22.

That physical book version of FOA 2011 will not be for sale until the full NFL portion is finished, so if you buy the actual book and want to read the college stuff early, you'll need to lay out an additional five bucks for FOCFA 2011. Sorry about that.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 25 Jul 2011

24 comments, Last at 14 Aug 2011, 11:35am by tris

Comments

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by pjack11 :: Mon, 07/25/2011 - 2:47pm

Any chance we'll see the electronic version available in .mobi format? The almanac would be great on the kindle, but reading giant pdfs on the kindle is not the most fun.

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by Bearjew (not verified) :: Tue, 07/26/2011 - 8:54pm

Will definitely purchase if MOBI format is available. PDF/hard copy, not so much....

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by Guest comment (not verified) :: Mon, 07/25/2011 - 2:28pm

I echo the need for .mobi format for the kindle. PDFs on my iPad do not read that well with the multiple columns on a page.

Thanks. Love your work.

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by rewdog10 (not verified) :: Mon, 07/25/2011 - 2:41pm

Any chance the Top 25 breakout players list is available earlier ? My fantasy draft is Aug 20th. I know the 18th is before the 20th, but that's not a lot of lead-time. Miles Austin and Mike Wallace the past 2 years, wow.

Also, if I pay for FOA-online on the 18th, do I have to pay again to get the book ?

I loved the book last year.

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by Arkaein :: Mon, 07/25/2011 - 3:19pm

If you're mainly worried about your fantasy draft you should go ahead and buy KUBIAK, which is indicated above to be available around the 10th. Any breakout player should be given an appropriate draft position in KUBIAK.

Really, it's worth it just to be able to customize your draft ordering using the exact specifications of your league.

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by power-elite :: Mon, 07/25/2011 - 2:57pm

Yes, an additional format, either .epub or .mobi, would be better than a PDF for iPad.

Thanks, you guys do great stuff. Audibles is a highlight of the season.

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by Yippee (not verified) :: Mon, 07/25/2011 - 3:03pm

I'd love to see a FOA 2011 + KUBIAK with a discounted FOA 2011 PDF to tide us over in the ~8 days between the PDF and home delivery of the book.

Thanks in advance for all the work you guys are going to cram into the next month. It's not lost on me.

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by Tofino :: Mon, 07/25/2011 - 9:05pm

Asked this same "combo pack" question but per the hard copy order bit at the store page:

Unfortunately, because we have no automatic way for our store to communicate with Amazon or Createspace, we are unable to offer packages that combine a printed copy of Football Outsiders Almanac with KUBIAK and/or FO Premium.

Sad face.

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by Theo :: Mon, 07/25/2011 - 3:06pm

How is the book (dead tree edition) available in Europe/Netherlands?

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by bengt (not verified) :: Mon, 07/25/2011 - 4:03pm

amazon.com
I think I never had to wait more than two weeks for the last four years. One came within five days - from New Zealand.

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by BeefyCow (not verified) :: Mon, 07/25/2011 - 4:00pm

Last year I had to rerun the macro for each statistical category and copy/paste the stats one type at a time. I want to use your numbers in my own spreadsheet. Will I be able to copy paste the raw stat projections from KUBIAK this year?

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by Karl Cuba :: Mon, 07/25/2011 - 5:14pm

Another call for a kindle friendly format.

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by theprophecy :: Mon, 07/25/2011 - 6:31pm

The physical book version of FOA 2011 will probably be available around August 22.

To be clear, does this mean I can order that day, and get next day shipping, and have it on August 23rd? Or is there going to be a delay for printing?

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by Ditto (not verified) :: Mon, 07/25/2011 - 6:47pm

I'll buy a kindle/mobi version whenever it's available

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by Raiderjoe :: Mon, 07/25/2011 - 7:34pm

will buy book

also to the prophecy
if order bookk auugust 22, book get rpineted aug 22 or 23 and get to oyur house few days later

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by Raiderjoe :: Mon, 07/25/2011 - 9:03pm

is that formerm jet bum v. ghoslton in new body buildler ad?

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by Aaron Schatz :: Mon, 07/25/2011 - 10:56pm

Let me see if I can answer some questions.

In the past, we've explored options of doing the book in a format that might be better for Kindles and tablets. With most of those formats, it is just way too difficult to format all the tables that go in the book. We can look into the .mobi format, if that's a new one. If it's the format Kindle has used all along, yeah, we can't do it.

The top 25 prospects list will be going up on ESPN Insider, I think sometime next week. Definitely before the book comes out.

As we've noted in the past, we can't do packages that combine the physical book with anything Internet-related. The sales systems won't talk to each other.

We're doing the book the exact same way we did last year, so if you could get it last year, you can get it this year. Everything will be the same, but the dates will be different.

The release dates I gave above are approximate. They are not guarantees.

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by Podge (not verified) :: Tue, 07/26/2011 - 4:17am

Kindle uses .mobi I think. .epub is used by some other eBook readers I think.

I managed to read FOA 2010 on my iPhone using a PDF reader relatively easily. More scrolling and resizing than proper ebook software, but it worked fine, and I'll be doing the same again this year.

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by uscar :: Mon, 07/25/2011 - 11:25pm

Another question: will KUBIAK be available in any formats other than Excel 2003 for Windows? Need to plan ahead for my draft and make sure I have a compatible copy of Excel on my laptop...

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by ktismael :: Tue, 07/26/2011 - 1:09am

I read FOA 2010 on Kindle last year and it rendered pretty well (read the whole thing on Kindle and it didn't bother me like some PDFs do). It would take a ton of work to re-render all those tables to mobi.

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by kcwilson :: Thu, 07/28/2011 - 8:14am

As a Mac user, I have experienced great difficulty using KUBIAK in the past due to the inability to run macros. I'm not tech-savvy enough to know if there are any other options available to you guys, but if it's possible, please look into it. We're a decent enough portion of the population now.

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by naosu6 :: Fri, 08/05/2011 - 10:20am

@kcwilson, I believe office 2011 for Mac supports macros. Which will fix the issue that existed in the 2007 version. Can anybody else confirm this?

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by naosu6 :: Fri, 08/05/2011 - 10:22am

If we buy the foa 2011, do we get access to the espn insider article?

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by tris (not verified) :: Sun, 08/14/2011 - 11:35am

As of a year ago I would agree with you that your book wouldn't work on a kindle, but this really is no longer the case. I have several medical books on my ipad via kindle much more complicated than yours that work very well, for example:

http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005CXOPJC/?tag=dp-us-20

http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004GHNIS4/?tag=dp-us-20

Notice they both say, "optimized for larger screens." I believe you could do the same, and your book would look beautiful on my ipad or someone else's kindle DX.