Biting the hand: Famously disdainful of New York's publishing industry, Dave Eggers (who re-relocated to San Francisco) has announced that his new novel -- his first book since the best-selling A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius -- will be published this month -- but don't count on seeing a copy. (Even the title was still under wraps last week.) In a few weeks, the lucky few who ordered early on the McSweeney's Website will start receiving one of only 10,000 "specially marked first edition" copies, being printed in Iceland.
Road rules: The new book tracks a couple of Wisconsin slackers, Will and Hand, on a weeklong world tour as they try -- and mostly fail -- to responsibly give away lots of money, something Eggers knows something about, having given away some of the millions he earned from AHWOSG.
Supply-side economics: Once online orders are filled, the remainder of the "small" print run will ship to independent bookstores. What happens if the 376-page tome becomes another runaway best-seller, and desperate readers and bookstores are left waiting for the next boat from Reykjavík? As the author himself has said, "It could all go horribly, horribly wrong."