Book Bomb Day For The Ultimate Prepper’s Survival Guide!

[UPDATED] Hooray! Today is the much-awaited Book Bomb Day for my latest nonfiction book, The Ultimate Prepper’s Survival Guide.

My sincere thanks for waiting until today to place your order. Hopefully, with this big one-day surge of orders, it will push it into Amazon’s Top 100 (overall, in books) by this afternoon. We’re also hoping to make it onto the New York Times Bestsellers list, this weekend.

Amazon Sales Rank Updates:

  • Sunday, October 18th, 5 PM, Pacific Time:  #13,007 in Books
  • Monday, October 19th, 8 PM, Pacific Time:  #7,685 in Books
  • Tuesday, October 20th, 4:30 AM, Pacific Time: #6,058 in Books
  • Tuesday, October 20th, 5:45 AM, Pacific Time: #3,825 in Books
  • Tuesday, October 20th, 7:00 AM, Pacific Time: #882 in Books
  • Tuesday, October 20th, 10:00 AM, Pacific Time: #176 in Books
    (#1 in Survival & Emergency Preparedness)
  • Tuesday, October 20th, 12:10 PM, Pacific Time: #95 in Books
    #1 in Hiking & Camping Instructional Guides)
  • Tuesday, October 20th, 3:00 PM, Pacific Time: #100 in Books

That wasn’t bad, considering that Amazon catalogs and sales rank about 33 million book titles. And they have more than 80 new print titles and several thousand new e-book titles that become available each day.

[Update: As of Wednesday, October 20th, has updated their ordering page for the book to read: Usually ships within 1 to 2 months.”  Sooooo… They apparently blew through their entire inventory in just two days!]

The Ultimate Prepper’s Survival Guide is 240 pages, with a clever wire-o binding inside of a hardcover. This allows it to lay flat, when open. Please note that a lot of the material that I wrote for the book has never appeared in SurvivalBlog. The editors (at Welbeck Publishing, in London, England) developed some dazzling graphics to go along with my text.

I expect that the small initial First Printing of the First Edition — with only about 75,000 copies available in the United States — will sell out by mid-November to late-November. And unless Simon & Schuster puts in a rush air freight order, the anticipated second printing won’t arrive in the States until January or February.  So please order your copies soon

Sources – Worldwide

Starting today, the book is available at most major book stores, directly from Welbeck Publishing’s U.S. partner Simon & Schuster (for 24.99), online through Barnes & Noble (for $24.99), Powell’s Books (for $24.99), BooksaMillion-BAM (for $24.99), at (for $24.99) and least expensively through (for $22.49 –with free shipping for Amazon Prime members) or (for $22.49). Oh, and AbeBooks may have just a few copies left on hand, at $21.11 + 2.64 shipping.

Readers in Canada can either order it from (for $33.65 CAD), or from Chapters (for $33.99 CAD).

The smaller-format UK edition has been available since September 17th from (for just £10.20), or from Waterstone’s (for £20.00.)

Readers in Australia can order it through Booktopia (for $30.95 AUD), of Allen & Unwin (for $39.99 AUD)

In New Zealand, from MightyApe (for $55.00 NZD)

In Germany, you can get it at (for 24.25)

Or… Are you an expat living on some tropical Pacific atoll? Then sells my book for $26.43, with free worldwide delivery.

Rawles: The Ultimate Prepper's Survival Guide















A Note on Other Sources:

By the way, most Costco stores have already run out of their special (early and exclusive) edition of the book, that they’ve been selling for the past 50 days. That special edition has my  “List of Lists” as a bonus Appendix. But they only bought 30,000 copies. Costco’s anticipated re-order shipment probably won’t arrive until February.

Oh, and if you’d rather order your copies through IndieBound (for $24.99) or Indigo (for $33.99) for delivery via your local bookstore, then take note that the ISBN-13 is: 978-1645173779.

Once you’ve read the book, brief reviews at Amazon.con and would be greatly appreciated. It would also be great if someone could mention the book in the James Rawles biography page at Wikipedia.

Once again, Many Thanks for waiting until today to order your copies of The Ultimate Prepper’s Survival Guide!  – JWR


  1. PS If any of you tough paramilitary guys are afraid your wife will catch you spending money, you can have the book delivered to a nearby Amazon locker and retrieve it under cover of darkness.

  2. Ditto on the ordering your book. Made it worthwhile and ordered other books as well, like One Second After and the other two books in the series (finally).

  3. Just ordered my backup copy. Anyone just getting a single copy will be wondering where it went a few months from now.

    Review posted in Amazon and posted on Farcebuk .

    God Bless.

    1. Thanks for sending them your review.

      Thusfar, there is just one 2-star review from some fellow who made the amazing discovery that paper absorbs water. Amazing. Perhaps his complaint would have been better directed to the US Postal Service for getting his book package wet. It certainly wasn’t my fault or the publisher’s fault. Maybe we need to create a special “etched on titanium” edition designed to be waterproof, fireproof, and survive unscathed for several millennia. All for the amazingly low price of $5,000 per copy.

      Seriously, folks: If you have something more positive to say about the book, then I’d greatly enjoy reading your reviews at Many Thanks! – JWR

      1. I saw the first 2 star and reported it.

        Meanwhile that MSU-Bozeman graduate review gives it a highly recommended. I suggest paying attention, folks!

        Sorry the reviews aren’t rolling in. Was there a nationwide brown-out?

        Best wishes

  4. Sorry, I couldn’t wait for the book bomb day. When I saw the local Costco had it for $14.99 a few weeks ago, I couldn’t resist. I’m a cheap bastard, what can I say. 🙂

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