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Apologies for the belated update, especially to the 1000+ readers last week who pledged to purchase at least one Window View book. (Total pledges: nearly 1400). Negotiating the final price with Blurb – the print-on-demand company publishing the book – took a bit longer than expected, and the Dish was preoccupied with Palin coverage this week.

But we are very proud to announce that you can now purchase the first edition of “The View From Your Window” for only $16.25 (plus shipping). That’s a nearly 50% discount off the regular print-on-demand price of $29.95.

How did we get the price down by half? We did it the way publishing houses do it – with a twist. We didn’t guess the demand or market test it, we simply asked for pledges. We crowd-sourced the price. We got enough pledges to do a print run of 2,000 which brought the price down to $16.25. But unlike the publishing houses, we’re not pocketing the difference. We’re handing it over to you in a lower price. Blurb will make some money – they’re a business, after all, and they’re doing the heavy lifting – but apart from that, you are merely paying for the actual materials of the book. Since the pictures are yours, and this blog is yours, that seems fair.

A catch: Once those 2000 copies are bought up, however, the price will return to $29.95, so secure one today. They make fantastic gifts for the holidays, which of course will be at our throats soon enough.

Though the books will not be ready to ship until December 3rd, pre-ordering before then will ensure that the book will make it to you by December 25. (Click here for a full list of holiday shipping deadlines.)

If the new demand exceeds what we’ve printed, we may try for a second printing. But that may not be in time for Christmas. But who knows? This experiment is an experiment, and we’re prepared to improvise as we go along.

I do want to say something personal here: if you love the View From Your Window feature as much as I do, then the book really is more than the sum of its parts. It travels the world, in chronological order, from dawn to dusk. The images placed together create a whole different feel, and the photos also reflect on each other. Chris Bodenner did a great job editing, placing and adding new layers to the whole thing. It’s a beautiful, captivating four color 200-page, soft cover coffee table book – and it’s only $16.25.

To preview the book and see for yourself, click here. To get an even better sense of what’s inside, after the jump we listed the locations of all 190 window views, taken from more than 80 countries and all 50 US states, in the order they appear in the book:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Nairobi, Kenya

Geumgangsan, North Korea

Rosso, Mauritania

Beijing, China

Havana, Cuba

La Grande, Oregon

San Jose, Costa Rica

Yokohama, Japan

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Chicago, Illinois

Oxfordshire, England

Freetown, Sierra Leone

Madison, New Jersey

Kassel, Germany

Huntington, New York

Charlotte, North Carolina

McGregor, Iowa

Yosemite, California

Stillwater, Minnesota

Basel, Switzerland

Rangpur, Bangladesh

Brussels, Belgium

Silver Spring, Maryland

Basata, Egypt

Dallas, Texas

Venice, Italy

Incline Village, Nevada

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Coimbatore, India

North Wilmington, Delaware

Amman, Jordan

Pebble Beach, California

Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Batac, Philippines

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ulaanbaater, Mongolia

Lviv, Ukraine

Houston, Texas

Wawizaght, Morocco

Jaisalmar, India

Wick, Scotland

Clarkdale, Arizona

El Paso, Texas

Lima, Peru

Northfield, Minnesota

Queens, New York

Paia, Hawaii

West Hollywood, California

New York, New York

Oslo, Norway

Counce, Tennessee

Istanbul, Turkey

Newton, Kansas

Tehran, Iran

Ketchum, Idaho

Reykjavik, Iceland

Belgrade, Serbia

Stockholm, Sweden

Swift Creek Reservoir, Washington

New York, New York

Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Kootenay Lake, British Columbia

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Budapest, Hungary

Paris, France

Camp X-Ray, Cuba

Cairo, Egypt

Windsor, England

St. Quentin du Dropt, France

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Aksai, Kazakhstan

Palaung Village, Thailand

Istanbul, Turkey

Barcelona, Spain

Prague, Czech Republic

Ajijic, Mexico

Ashfield, Massachusetts

San Gabriel, California

Baghdad, Iraq

Sister Bay, Wisconsin

Charleston, South Carolina

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Seattle, Washington

Washington, Georgia

Butuan, Philippines

Bridgeville, Pennsylvania

Denver, Colorado

Port of Djibouti, Djibouti

San Francisco, California

Telavi, Republic of Georgia

Cincinnati, Ohio

Gingerland, Nevis

Corralito, Paraguay

Cusco, Peru

Wanaka, New Zealand

Gjilan, Kosovo

Cape Town, South Africa

Birmingham, Alabama

Pueblo, Colorado

Northport, Michigan

West Lafayette, Indiana

Shrewsbury, England

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Clyde, North Carolina

Kuwait City, Kuwait

Berthoud, Colorado

Haifa, Israel

Juba, Sudan

Lexington, Kentucky

Ames, Iowa

Stepaside, Ireland

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Reykjavik, Iceland

Nakhal, Oman

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

New York, New York

Tokyo, Japan

Obertraun, Austria

Annaba, Algeria

Amsterdam, Netherlands

North Little Rock, Arkansas

Admiralty Bay, Saint Vincent

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Lewiston, Maine

Saint Louis, Missouri

Portland, Oregon

Miami Beach, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Snohomish, Washington

Copenhagen, Denmark

Rome, Italy

Lisbon, Portugal

Washington, District of Columbia

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Crane Hill, Alabama

Burlington, Vermont

Norfolk, Connecticut

Hooks Mills, West Virginia

Prudhoe Bay, Alaska

Williams, Arizona

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Santa Barbara, Honduras

Cairo, Egypt

Sanibel Island, Florida

Jakarta, Indonesia

Sumgayit, Azerbaijan

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Canandaigua, New York

Gharghur, Malta

Toledo, Spain

Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Gloucester, England

Mainz, Germany

Brooklyn, New York

New Orleans, Louisiana

Rogue River, Oregon

New Castle, Pennsylvania

Casper, Wyoming

Billings, Montana

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Xin Zhuang, Taiwan

Yangon, Burma

Kobe, Japan

Capixaba, Brazil

Tirana, Albania

Kangaroo Flats, Australia

Taipa, Macau

Sonoma, California

Iqaluit, Nunavut Territory

Jurong Shipyard, Singapore

Mykonos, Greece

Bogota, Colombia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Chicago, Illinois

Yerevan, Armenia

Charlottesville, Virginia

Oxford, Mississippi

Los Angeles, California

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Charlestown, Rhode Island

Popoyo, Nicaragua

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Omaha, Nebraska

Salt Lake City, Utah

Austin, Texas

Casablanca, Morocco

Cheektowaga, New York