Liars and Outliers Update

According to my publisher, the book was printed last week and the warehouse is shipping orders to booksellers today. Amazon is likely to start shipping books on Thursday. (Yes, Amazon’s webpage claims that the book will be published on February 21, 2012, but they’ll ship copies as soon as they get them—this ain’t Harry Potter.) The Kindle edition is already shipping.

Those of you who ordered signed copies from me are likely going to have to wait a couple more weeks. My copies will arrive from the publisher eventually; then I will sign them and ship them on to you.

Reviews are starting to come out. I expect more in the coming month.

At the end of February, I’ll be at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. In addition to my other speaking events, Davi Ottenheimer will interview me about the book at something called The Author’s Studio. I’ll be doing two one-hour book signings at the conference bookstore. And, and this is the best news of all, HP has bought 1,000 copies of the book and will be giving them away at their booth. I’ll be doing a couple of signings there as well.

Posted on January 30, 2012 at 1:59 PM44 Comments


Bruce Schneier January 30, 2012 2:33 PM

“Are you going to release an ebook copy without DRM?”

The publisher, Wiley, makes those decisions. I don’t know their intentions.

Harry Potter January 30, 2012 3:12 PM

Is there a deal in the works for movie rights?

And if so, which actor should play the part of Bruce?

Tim Gustafson January 30, 2012 3:57 PM

+1 for the request for non-DRM copies of the book. Specifically, I’d like to see a straight-up ePub edition. Frankly, I probably won’t buy it any other way. I know this isn’t your decision per se, but certainly you can pass the request (and the anti-DRM sentiment) to your publisher. Thanks!

Quirkz January 30, 2012 4:17 PM

Exciting! Looking forward to getting my hands on a copy. The early reviews sound promising, too.

Davi Ottenheimer January 30, 2012 4:30 PM

@Bruce, looking forward to it! And if anyone has questions they’d like me to ask feel free to send them.

@Pat, I do have a book in the works. Should be out in a couple months.

Bruce Schneier January 30, 2012 5:04 PM

“Exciting! Looking forward to getting my hands on a copy. The early reviews sound promising, too.”

Thank you. I’m feeling really good about the book right now.

Bruce Schneier January 30, 2012 6:46 PM

“I want to see a Best-of-Schneier book bundle. 🙂 Can we have one? I’d buy it!”

It exists. It’s all older books, though.

Larry N January 30, 2012 7:26 PM

Can you tell us if it contains a significant number of figures/images? That will let me know if the Kindle version is a good option.

Chris January 30, 2012 9:36 PM

Guys, the DRM is just a challenge. Bruce wants you to break it and prove the publisher wrong.

Dick Turpin January 31, 2012 3:52 AM

Still beggars belief that a digital book cost $9.99 in the US and £13.09 in the UK. Thats $20.60. Double? What for? At least Dick Turpin wore a mask when he was trying to rob you.

QnJ1Y2U January 31, 2012 3:53 AM

If you’re still doing book-tour stuff in October, I hope you’ll consider the Texas Book Festival. It’s always been an interesting and well-attended event, and I’m sure there are more than few folks in Austin who’d turn out for your sessions.

In addition to discussing the book’s subject matter, you could join one of the panels they have on the authoring and publishing processes. The crowd-sourced nature of some elements of your book are rather unique.

Civil Libertarian January 31, 2012 6:12 AM

“which actor should play the part of Bruce?”

Chuck Norris has been doing it for years.

Andrew Kel January 31, 2012 7:50 AM

Is it too trusting to state publically “I don’t use a home burglar alarm.”

Perhaps its a ruse to capture local thieves who read your blog.

Andrew Kel

NobodySpecial January 31, 2012 7:51 AM

@Dick Turpin – part of that is that ebooks have 20% VAT while pbooks are untaxed.

But mostly it’s just that ebook owners are obviously flash gits with the latest technology and can afford to pay more!

llewelly January 31, 2012 10:50 AM

“Still beggars belief that a digital book cost $9.99 in the US and £13.09 in the UK. Thats $20.60. Double? What for?”

Copying files is much more expensive in the UK. All those extra ‘u’s
in words like colour, replacing ‘a’ with ‘e’ in grey (or is it the other
way around? I can never remember), converting dollars and cents to
pounds sterling and pence, it’s all atrociously expensive.

Thomas January 31, 2012 4:37 PM

“Copying files …”

Don’t you know that “copying” is something only pirates do?

Each e-book is individually scanned from a paper book, which is then ceremoniously burnt.

Rick Astley February 1, 2012 4:11 AM

A globally-fixed price DRM-free version is very clearly needed.

I do however wonder of the US version is cheaper as it has to be much simpler.

Will February 1, 2012 6:04 PM

I’ve been reading the Kindle version on my Android phone and I’m seeing some weird layout glitches. Is anyone else seeing them?

Specifically, the bottom line of text on some pages is not being displayed (er, I guess it could be the top line of the next page that is missing — Between two pages a line is missing :). If I change the font size or margins then I can get the text to reflow and the missing line of text to display, but then some other line goes missing.

Interestingly I can read the book just fine on Kindle for Mac. But I also haven’t had this problem with any other ebooks on my phone. So it seems to be specific to just this book, and just on the android reader.

I’ve reported the issue to Amazon, but wanted to see if anyone else was having the same issue. Is anyone else even trying to read the book on an Android phone?

Matthias February 2, 2012 11:59 AM

I really want to read Liars and Outliers but I can’t bring myself to purchase it. Not because it’s too expensive. I would have no problems paying 30 USD for it. But I simply refuse to support this pricing absurdity. I want to read the digital version on my Kindle but it’s more expensive than the hardcover version. Currently charges USD 15 for the hardcover version and USD 23 for the Kindle version. will ship the book from the US to Germany for 8 USD. So for 23 USD I can get the hardcover version shipped across the Atlantic.
And btw, if I bought the hardcover book directly from, the German branch, I would have to pay 25 USD.

jbv February 2, 2012 12:00 PM

Got an email from Amazon this morning – estimated arrival date for hard copy has been moved up to February 08, 2012 – February 11, 2012, so they apparently are indeed shipping before the “publication date.” Looking forward to reading it!

Jurgen February 3, 2012 4:55 AM

Same here; shipment earlier. But we’re all the way over here in Europe and still have to wait a number of weeks before ships arrive … Why don’t publishers use ‘local’/regional printers …? Economies of scale don’t apply anymore given Bruce’s huge turnover and it would save frustrating (well, we all have enough to do in Securityland don’t we?) wait times and a bit of the environment. (Yeah, I know, not too much, but anyway)

Jurgen February 3, 2012 4:57 AM

Oh don’t get me started on eBook versions. * They are not the same thing! *
Just follow Nick carr’s blog on the tactile sense. Only those that don’t get the value of carriers of culture, will not miss physical books. Poor, poor, very mind-poor persons you are.

-B February 5, 2012 10:17 AM

Huzzah! My copy arrived Saturday! Excitedly anticipating digging into it. In the mean time, I get to puzzle over the inscription.

Thanks loads, Bruce.

Lynn Etheredge February 6, 2012 12:01 PM

Bruce Schnier. this is the best book ever written. why didn’t you tell us about the trolls thought? lol. inside joke with Kevin Mitnick.

Peace out,

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