Various folks are emailing me today because their amazon.co.uk (note the .co.uk suffix to the domain—this is important) preorders for "The Apocalypse Codex" have been cancelled.
This is just Amazon being ham-fisted again. If you are in the UK and this has happened to you, all you need to do is click here to pre-order the UK edition. (Yes, I know they've got the publication date wrong. It will be fixed in due course.)
What is happening is this ...
The book is being published by a British publisher and a US publisher. Both books should ship on the same day. The US edition is a hardcover; the UK one is a trade paperback.
When two or more publishers each buy a subset of the world rights, they agree not to sell their edition into the other publisher's territory. (This is the case even when you might expect it not to be a problem—for example if a book is published by Tor in the US and under the Tor imprint in the UK.)
However, Amazon's database is a giant sucking vacuum of misinformation. It indiscriminately hoovers up forthcoming titles from all and sundry and throws them up in front of the buying public in hope that somebody will, er, buy. Meanwhile, it gets details wrong. In this case, it got the UK publication date wrong, and it also got the territorial availability details wrong.
If Amazon emailed you to say they've cancelled your order, what has actually happened is that you ordered the US hardcover edition via Amazon.co.uk, as an import. The UK publisher then got around to writing their usual pro forma email to Amazon, threatening them with boils and a rain of frogs if they import US editions into the UK. Then Amazon promptly cancelled all advance orders via amazon.co.uk for the US edition, rather than doing the sensible thing and substituting the UK edition.
If you are British and really want an imported hardcover, you can still get one: you'll need to log in on Amazon.com (the US site) using your Amazon account credentials (yes, you can log into a foreign Amazon site using your regular account). Then you can order the hardcover, with international shipping. As a consumer, the first purchase doctrine means you're entirely within your rights to do so. It's just that Amazon.co.uk, as a wholesaler, isn't supposed to sell you the import if there's a local edition.