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You will be able to purchase a print copy of the book through Createspace or Amazon for $22.95. It will be available sometime around August 1.
We'd love for you to purchase the book through Createspace, since we get a larger cut of the royalties when you purchase there. However, if you would prefer to purchase the book through Amazon, the book will be listed there too.
Unfortunately, for technical reasons, we are unable to offer any package deals that give readers a discount for purchasing both the printed version of FOA 2014 and any other FO products. In addition, we will not be offering package deals that combine A Good Walkthrough Spoiled: The Best of Mike Tanier at Football Outsiders with any other products.
For some reason, Createspace is very conservative on the expected arrival dates of books. 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.
The printed copy of the book is generally only available through the two outlets mentioned above. It may appear later in stores due to Createspace's "Expanded Distribution Channel," but we wouldn't count on it.
As noted above: for technical reasons, we are unable to offer any package deals which give readers a discount for purchasing both the printed version of FOA 2014 and any other FO products.
Unfortunately, we are unable to do a Kindle version of the Football Outsiders Almanac. We have tried and tried and tried and every document we create looks horrible. An e-ink reader like the original Kindle simply is not designed to handle a book like ours with dense text, tables, and graphs. If we can get a Kindle version ready for 2014, we will, but with this year's delay it looks impossible once again.
However, the PDF apparently looks really great on the iPad. It is readable on the Kindle, but that's not optimal.
Also, A Good Walkthrough Spoiled: The Best of Mike Tanier at Football Outsiders is available on Kindle!
YES! Starting in 2012, it looks like Createspace will allow us to put the book on sale through Amazon Europe, which means it will be available with domestic shipping charges in the U.K., Germany, and other countries.
As we explain on the KUBIAK discussion board.
There is one in-season update to KUBIAK after Week 4 of the regular season, but we do not update the projections on a weekly basis otherwise. This year's midseason update is one week later than usual because of the Jewish holidays.
You will need to deposit at least $10 in your account at DraftKings.com. Wait at least five minutes to come back to Football Outsiders so our servers can talk to each other. Then when you buy KUBIAK (or a KUBIAK package), enter the same e-mail you used at DraftKings.com in FO's coupon code space. Voila! $20 off.
Unfortunately, you need to create a new account at DraftKings.com to get the KUBIAK discount deal.
If your DraftKings account was not associated with any other promotional partnership, and you have not yet made a deposit of new money since the transfer, you can go ahead and use the link on Football Outsiders to make a deposit, and you should receive the discount.
However, if you already got a discount when you first joined DraftKings because it was through a promotion with another company (ESPN, or SI, or whoever), then no. And if you've already deposited in DraftStreet since switching over, then sadly, also no.
No, the discount will only appear for a purchase of KUBIAK, the KUBIAK/FOA 2014 package, or the MEGA PACKAGE.
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The regular-season record since 2010 is as follows:
PICKS VS. SPREAD:
2010 Regular season: 141-108-7, .561
2011 Regular season: 127-117-12, .520
2012 Regular season: 144-104-8, .578
2013 Regular season: 119-130-7, .479
2010 Regular season: 165-91, .641
2011 Regular season: 164-92, .642
2012 Regular season: 171-84-1, .670
2013 Regular season: 171-84-1, .670
A note about 2013: Yes, that record against the spread is pretty bad. It was a very strange first few weeks. Read this article about how most stats-based sites had terrible picks earlier in the season. Things returned to normal after Week 6; not a great year against the spread, but not terrible either. In Weeks 7-17, the FO picks were 84-75-5 against the spread (.527) and 113-50-1 straight up (.692).