18 Jul 2012
We're proud to announce that the printed hard copy version of Football Outsiders Almanac 2012 is now on sale through Createspace. Click here to purchase it for $22.95. The book will be on Amazon in a few days, but remember that buying the book direct through the Createspace link on our site means more income for the FO staff.
Unfortunately, we ran into a technical issue regarding the length of the book that has required us to cut some of the content. Createspace now requires certain margin widths in order to publish a book over 600 pages, and our margins were a little smaller. There was no way to fix the problem without completely re-laying out the book, which would have kept it from being available until mid-August.
Therefore, the essays on SackSEER and Playmaker Score have been removed from the print version of the book. They are still available in the PDF version of the book, and for those who buy the hard copy, the section on FO Rookie Projections has URLs so you can read these essays online. In addition, we had to remove the Fantasy Appendix from the hard copy version. We decided this was the best way to get the book down to 600 pages and get it out to readers as soon as possible.
One more note on buying the book from Createspace: For some reason, Createspace is very conservative on the expected arrival dates of books. The shipping dates they give are generally a load of nonsense. We've found during the shipping process of past books that the "Priority" shipping arrives in 2-3 days, the "Standard" shipping comes in 5-6 days, and the "Economy" shipping comes in about a week.
As far as the Kindle version of the book, we're still trying to figure out a way to make it work, but it is looking doubtful. As the examples posted here show, it's very difficult to make our table-heavy presentation look right in Kindle. We've tried the suggestions of numerous readers, and nothing has helped.
We know that Baseball Prospectus did a Kindle version this year, but remember that a) they have an actual publishing company behind them to do the work, and b) according to BP people we spoke to, the Kindle version wasn't exactly loved by readers because of the way they had to chop up player tables to make everything fit.
One reader did suggest a Kindle version that consisted of nothing but text, without the tables. I would be curious how many readers are interested in such a version. If it looks like there is actual interest there, we perhaps could go forward with that version, and sell it alongside a PDF that would have tables so you could also see the tables when you wanted.
For next year we're considering maybe trying to put together some sort of iPad application; that seems to be a much better place for FOA than a primarily-text reader like the Kindle.
UPDATE: I didn't realize how popular the Fantasy Appendix was; scroll down to the comments to find a URL where people who buy print copies of the book can download it.
47 comments, Last at 26 Jul 2012, 10:03am by tuluse
Thanks a lot, Dak Prescott. Now more people will think the fourth round is still a gold mine for quarterbacks, but the data says otherwise. The update to our quarterback draft study for 1994-2016 shows little has changed: finding a good QB is really hard.