A Harsh, Savage, Unforgiving Deadline: Exactly 12 More Hours to Pre-Order Darwin’s Doubt at Steep Discount

David Klinghoffer

Darwin's Doubt cover.jpgAt close of business in Seattle today, May 31, at 5 pm sharp Pacific Time (8 pm Eastern), it’s all over. The pre-order discount, I mean, only at DarwinsDoubt.com. The book itself is out June 18.

I’ve tried (and largely failed) to impress our kids with the idea that a deadline means business. It’s called a deadline because there’s a moment beyond which there is no going back and trying to get that generous deal you were offered earlier. In the case of Darwin’s Doubt, it’s 43% off the cover price with free shipping and four free digital books.

Some people will set a supposed deadline and then keep extending it and extending it. Not us. I think you are failing to grasp how thoroughly merciless, implacable and absolute this deadline is.

Did you notice the seeming arbitrariness of that number, 43%? Not 40% or 45%, but precisely 43%. Real deadlines are arbitrary! Always. That’s something else I’ve tried to tell my kids (though it too has largely fallen on deaf ears). I actually advocated to colleagues that we make the discount 42.9%, or even better 43.03%, just to underline that we’re not messing around. Sadly, I was overruled.

5:01 pm Pacific Time will be too late. And by the way, that’s 5 pm in Seattle where our main offices are, not on the Eastside across Lake Washington. Though Bellevue and Redmond are of course in the same time zone, there is a difference, very slight yet measurable.

UPDATE: Did you doubt us? At exactly 5:01 pm, May 31, 2013, this special pre-order discount was terminated with extreme prejudice. Readers are now directed to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or the appropriately (and quite attractively) amended website DarwinsDoubt.com.

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.

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