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When is it out?

Emails you when something's out in paperback / DVD
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Often I'll get back from seeing a film and think "I really want to get that on DVD when it comes out".

Or I'll see a book review for the hardback edition; it looks interesting, but I'll wait for it to come out in paperback.

AFAIK, there isn't a web site that lets you ask it to keep on searching for this one thing, and tell you when there's something new. Which would mean that the thing you're looking for is now available / back in print / in a new edition / your favourite author has published something new / that company you like has a new product / whatever.

Blackstar have something that comes close, but you can only subscribe to a particular director or actor, not a film title.

sam, Jul 28 2002

Amazon.com Alerts http://www.amazon.c.../alerts/signup.html
"Your Free Personal Notification Service." Sends you e-mail when new stuff that matches your search query arrives. Of course, how useful you find that depends on how useful you find the Amazon.com search query language (ack, ptew.) [jutta, Jul 28 2002]

Presold In-Theater Movies http://www.halfbake...In-Theater_20Movies
An alternative solution for the DVD part of this problem, by [Bowner42] [krelnik, Oct 04 2004]

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       This is probably baked in parts by various websites out there, but it would be useful to have one centralised, definitive site to do all of the research for you. It could probably be funded by publishers/advertising...
yamahito, Jul 28 2002
  

       There are quite few that post upcoming titles along with details, as well as those which also distribute email newsletters. I'd post links but I'm as time-challenged as sam. BTW, how's your son?
thumbwax, Jul 28 2002
  

       Per jutta, quite Baked. I use it to watch for my favorite authors. (Amazon also allows you to pre-order some things that haven't been published yet.)
DrCurry, Jul 29 2002
  

       What's annoying is that this is only recently sort-of baked, and it's something I've been looking for ever since I lived in a flat with the broadsheet review section and the Internet. Which is a while.   

       Experiments suggest that reasonably-designed web sites should be perfectly susceptible to this sort of querying - and Blackstar, for instance, does far more than I thought it did (perhaps because I suggested something similar to them a few months ago).   

       Anyway, this is the sort of meta-site that shouldn't cost too much to run, and would be useful, especially if you could link to the online versions of the review pages of various newspapers and magazines. After all, there are huge numbers of books you'd buy in paperback, or videos that you'd rent, if you remembered 6 months later that you'd read a review somewhere.   

       Probably not suited for "when is this big blockbuster out in DVD", though.   

       thumbwax: I think you have me confused with someone else. I have a simple username because I signed up early, not because I post often (if you see what I mean).
sam, Aug 01 2002
  

       Obligatory Son of Sam Post to clear up confusion
thumbwax, Apr 30 2003
  

       not Samson then?
po, Apr 30 2003
  

       nor Samsonite, despite evidence of prior baggage.
jurist, Apr 30 2003
  

       There used to be a Web service where you would register what pieces of software you owned and the site would then notify you when upgrades, patches, point-releases or optional add-ons for your various titles became available.   

       Hmm. Seemed like a good idea. I signed up. Oh, the spam I got. It took 5 years for the spam to die.
bristolz, Apr 30 2003
  

       This would be extra-great for me because by the time the paperback comes out, I've forgotten about the book altogether. If I could read a review of something that interested me and proceed to this site and tell it to remind me in me in six months about the book - that would be sweet.   

       Would publishers actually like this, though? I don't know much about the industry, but it seems that they might not like deferral of sales.
snarfyguy, Apr 30 2003
  

       Heh! Forgive me, but I thought from the title that this might be the flip side of that ultimate deflator: “Is it in yet?”
pluterday, May 01 2003
  

       But when it is ultimately deflated you can't tell anyway.
bristolz, May 01 2003
  

       I thought this might be some sort of alarm for your trouser zippers, marketed for elderly professors. My croissant was ready.
bungston, May 01 2003
  
      
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