Dear Friends of Reason,

My book is rolling into the world of publication. University Press of America (a subdivision of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers) has assigned it ISBN 978-0-7618-5481-4. It will cost $48.50 for a paperback copy. April is the “press date,” which means that they will start the process necessary to complete publication, and June is the publication month. Objective Economics: How Ayn Rand’s Philosophy Changes Everything About Economics should be out sometime in June.

As a condition of publication, I am required to place the first 100 copies of Objective Economics or purchase them myself. I have to do this before the press date. To help me out, some friends and relatives have purchased advance copies, and I have spoken to the St. John’s University Bookstore and the Ayn Rand Bookstore. Now I am asking for help from friends of reason everywhere.

If you would like to help, you have until March 25 to order an advance copy. Please telephone (1-800-462-6420) or email (customercare@rowman.com) Customer Service at Rowman & Littlefield Publishers and ask for Objective Economics: How Ayn Rand’s Philosophy Changes Everything About Economics. You should not need the ISBN, but please be sure to give them the order code “UPREPUB,” which tells them your order should be counted toward my 100. Then please tell me so I can keep track. If you do this, UPA will mail you a first edition of Objective Economics, hot off the press, as soon as it is published.

Probably Rowman & Littlefield will charge you $48.50 for the book when you make the advance order. Probably you will be able to get it for less than that if you wait until June when it is published. So this gesture is not costless. But a cost is not a sacrifice. A cost is something you give up to get something you value more. A sacrifice is something you give up to get something you value less. The last thing I want is for anyone to make a sacrifice on my behalf. Please, if buying an advance copy of my book is a sacrifice for you, DO NOT DO IT!

But if it is not a sacrifice, I will be very grateful, and I will be happy to sign your copy at the earliest opportunity. If you prefer, I will pay the cost of mailing it to me at St. John’s University.

Thank you for your consideration and support.

M. Northrup Buechner