>There are many possible issues with regards to the paper >version. Since the eBook is available, I would guess it is a >logistics problem or production issue of some kind. Either >getting the needed material to the printer, printing equipment >problem, scheduling, binding, or shipping problem. > >I now buy both the eBook and printed copy. With the eBook >option I get both the PDF for my computer, and the ePub for my >Nook Color eReader. > >I also buy through >Oreilly Media and I >have access to any errata or revisions.
Not all of us want to spend the money twice over for the same product. While I could afford it, I can't justify it.
As for issues with the paper version causing the lateness, I would imagine there are many options that could be used to get around any problem, (different printing company, etc).
Seriously, this is really, really late. The book should have been available late spring/start of summer at the latest.