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Pre-orders of 'Complete Calvin And Hobbes' cannot be delivered by publisher

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Many of the pre-orders placed by booksellers for the three-volume, USD150 set of Bill Waterson's The Complete Calvin and Hobbes have apparently failed to be provided by the book's publisher Andrews McMeel.

The book, which was released on 4 October, has already reached the number two spot on The Book Standard's Humour Chart for the week ending 9 October.

However, despite sales of 15,000 in its first week alone it appears that the demand may not have been anticipated by the book's publisher, with many reportedly predicting that it will sell out before the Christmas buying season. According to Editor & Publisher, Oregon-based Powell's Books placed an initial order of 1,000 copies but has received only 250, and as a direct result of the shortfall has decided to remove the book from its Christmas catalogue. According to the Andrews McMeel, the shortfall was not the result of a mistake, but rather the publisher's desire to create a collectible "limited edition", reported Editor & Publisher.

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