On the humor front, when I wrote the Kotlin Cookbook, a non-technical friend of mine asked if it was a cookbook on how to cook kotlins, whatever they were. I think that person was joking, but in response I grabbed a copy of the book at my local Barnes and Noble and moved it over to the Cooking section to see what would happen.
When I revisited it about a week later, it had been returned to the IT section. Oh well.
Incidentally, the only reason my local B&N had those copies is because I asked them to order some. I signed them all and then waited as they sat on the shelf, fermenting, until eventually they got sent back to the publisher.
For HYBHY (my current book), Amazon still lists it as #1 New Release in Business Communication (#2 in Business Ethics) and claims it was released on July 27. If you look at B&N's web site, however, it claims the book doesn't come out until October, though you can pre-order it. That may hurt sales a bit.
Kenneth A. Kousen wrote:...they sat on the shelf, fermenting, until eventually they got sent back to the publisher.
Aw such a sad story. You must be the only Kotlin developer in your area, who also frequents actual book shops. Still it must be satisfying to see your book on the shelf in a bookshop although I don't expect your electricity provider accept smugness as payment.
It sounds sad, but (1) I took pictures, and (2) I got a story out of it, which I've used several times since.
It's true that most software developers used to buy ebooks directly from the publishers, like Manning or Pragmatic Programmers. But some of that is changing. For example, right before my Modern Java Recipes book came out, O'Reilly got rid of their online bookstore. Now they only supply books to distributors, and instead sell subscriptions to their own online O'Reilly Learning Platform. If you want a physical book, they actually link to Amazon.