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Made it! 5th edition now published!

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I wanted to get the 5th edition of Leisureguy’s Guide to Gourmet Shaving published in August, and I made with hours to spare. As you see at the right, it’s now available at the CreateSpace estore. List price is now $12.95.

A lot has been added. I noted in a comment earlier that the lists (of vendors, sampler packet sources, artisan soap makers, etc.) have of course been updated. I also reorganized the chapter on lather quite a bit and added a new section on water, with some additional subsections. I added several new makes of razors to the list and various additional hints.

The book as a whole seems much more solid now. I added enough material that I had to drop the font a point size to keep the page count down.

The book also acquired a theme, of sorts, which I touch on in the new preface and that arises from time to time in the book itself, a theme I might term sic transit gloria mundi. As one sees over just a few years’ time vendors of quite fine artisanal products arise and then, after only a few seasons, vanish, one recognizes the transitory nature of life’s glories—and indeed of life itself. Something about the daily cutting of the beard seems to echo that.

Back to practical matters: I have ordered a small supply to send to various friends and vendors, but I won’t have them for a week. If you order from the “Buy it now” link at the right, you’ll probably get your copy before I get mine.

Sales will also be made through Amazon.com, but that will take a week, and based on previous experience, initial sales will be with no discount: full list (though if you’re an Amazon Prime member you of course get free shipping). After a few months of sales experience, their discount algorithm seems to kick into action and from then on the Amazon copies will have a discount. But that’s some months away.

I’m happy to answer questions, and I’m eager to hold the new book in my own hands—but that’s at least a week away.

Written by LeisureGuy

31 August 2011 at 8:37 am

Posted in Books, Shaving

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  1. Congratulations on the release of your new edition! I look forward to reading it.

    Tbone

    31 August 2011 at 3:25 pm

  2. It’s odd how this version feels really solid. I’ll be very interested in your thoughts.

    LeisureGuy

    31 August 2011 at 3:39 pm

  3. Congratulations indeed, Michael! I respect the amazing amount of work and research — including field research — to continue this book that’s been helpful to so many. It’s a lot of fun to read with tons of tips and incredible list of resources for readers. Somehow, I thought there would be an e-version in ePUB (open) format by now. I’ll gladly take the paperback, but I’ll also buy a second e-copy later if you decide.

    zaine_ridling

    1 September 2011 at 2:54 pm

  4. I’m looking seriously at a Kindle edition (and I believe Kindle readers are readily available for most devices). I got talked into that direction on Wicked_Edge.

    I went to the Kindle publishing site just to ask a question, but you have to agree to approximately 10 pages of legalese even to ask a question, so I quickly lost interest. But then I found a service that would do all the prep work, so I’m still exploring. But it will be a while.

    LeisureGuy

    1 September 2011 at 3:38 pm


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