If you really *are* sick of waiting... cancel your Amazon order. Go to the Manning website and buy the MEAP....
BTW, Manning is a great shop. This book, and many other Manning books in development, can be purchased in "early release" form from Manning (MEAP).
Pro - you get semi-regular updates (it varies book-to-book) as PDFs. Manning emails you when its ready - you get the final epub/pdf versions as well when they're complete - you can comment, etc on the evolving book (I've never done this) - author website often has pantloads of examples and supporting materials - if you wait for the deal-of-the-day you can generally get the pre-releases for about 1/2 price.
Con - you get electronic version only (but can pre-order hardcopy also) - you don't get something thats been fully wordsmithed (but you do get the final copy) - perhaps the examples aren't final. Some people want working examples, others don't particularly care. Sometimes I do, sometimes I do not.
Well, it looks like this puppy is finally going to make it out the door! Apologies to those that have been waiting a long time, but we wanted to make sure that this book was not only informative, but accurate and up-to-date. We want this to be a book that had lots of great information, and is presented in a easy-to-learn fashion. We also wanted to make sure it would not be one of those books that's obsolete almost as soon as it's released.
Hey, don't complain. I have been waiting nearly 4.5 YEARS for this book from Manning and, if I remember correctly (which I believe I most certainly do), I PAID FOR IT back THEN (4+ YR ago) too. (Ordered and bought August 2008.)
Nice work Bear. I liked your style in the jQuery book as well and as much as I approve of John Resig it's a nice writing antidote to those bizarre machinations he comes up with involving the word "which." This was a JS book that needed to happen. Too many step-by-steps that teach nothing more than how to do things by rote and apologies for not being Java out there.