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An important status indicator for the book trade, the most satisfying one for a publisher probably being ‘Available’. Three common notations for unavailable titles are ‘Not Yet Published’, ‘(Temporarily) Out of Stock’ and ‘Out of Print’.

While publishers may be happy to build up advance orders and back orders for a title, some online retailers refuse to take orders for a book (or even list it) unless copies are actually available (i.e. its status is ‘available’).

This definition is extracted (and expanded on) from the book Getting Published: A Companion for the Humanities and Social Sciences by Gerald Jackson and Marie Lenstrup.

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