Latest news: the printer reported one week delay, so shipping starts June 12th... pre-sale discount does end June 5th though
The announcement is on the Blender.org frontpage. If you haven't taken a look at this new resource make sure to give it a once over. The pricing is currently at a reduced rate for prerelease purchases, so get it at the reduced rate while you can!
The Blender.org describes the book:
'Essential Blender', the next book from the Blender Foundation, is your official guide to learning the fundamentals of this open and free 3D software suite. The book can be used as a step-by-step guide for people new to Blender or new to the latest changes in Blender.
This book is the ideal companion for the previous 2.3 Blender guide.
'Essential Blender' will get you working with modeling, materials and texturing, lighting, particle systems, several kinds of animation, and rendering. In addition, there are chapters on the new mesh sculpting tools and the brilliant compositor. For users familiar with other 3D packages, there are separate indices that reference topics using your application's terminology.
If you've been looking for a way to give yourself a solid foundation in the basic tools and techniques of Blender, 'Essential Blender' is there for you!
The book editor, Roland Hess, is a professional writer and Blender user for almost a decade. He has brought together a team of the best writers and artists in the Blender community to help on creating this new standard Blender guide.
Among the authors are Colin Litster, Ryan Dale, Mathias Pedersen, Andrew Dolphin, Tom Musgrove, Modron and Kevin Braun. Design and dtp is by Sandra Gilbert.
* Written with 2.43 Blender, and fully compatible with current
* 376 pages B&W
* Stitched binding, quality paper, full color cover
* DVD Rom with all necessary files and demos
* Shipping expected to start end of May.