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***Update***  B&N got confused on this, and does NOT have the books in stock yet!  Their system thinks our 2nd edition is only available as an eBook (they entered the 1st edition ISBN into their system rather than the new one).  Stand by for an update on this, we will let you know the new availability date.  Apologies folks Sad smile

Earlier this month we had a conversation with the “Product Mix” department at Barnes and Noble (the dominant bookstore chain here in the US, for all the non-US readers out there), and told them “hey, this Power Pivot and Power BI stuff is on the rise, BIG TIME…  you should be stocking more books on the subject.”

First of all, HOW AWESOME is it that we got to have that conversation???  Bill Jelen, you haz mad powerz, thanks for pulling those strings.

Second, they accepted our challenge of an experiment:  they will stock our new book for a few weeks and see what kind of “action” it gets.  If it does decent sales, they will keep the book on the shelves (AND start stocking more such books, which is just as important IMO, because people scanning the Excel section of a bookstore is one way that the word gets out about these toolsets).

How You Can Help (and Get a Free Book Plus Swag)

Simple: go into a local Barnes and Noble this weekend and buy the book “Power Pivot and Power BI.”  It looks like this, for quick reference:


Buy This Book at a Barnes and Noble, We’ll Send You Another Book Free (See Below)

What’s In It For You:  A Free Book, Plus.

This might seem like a money grab campaign by us, but if it were money we were after, we’d MUCH rather you buy the book from than Barnes and Noble or Amazon, because our cut of a retail sale is tiny compared to when we sell it ourselves.  (Like, it’s a 3-4x difference, no kidding).

No, this is an awareness campaign, and we’re going to “pay back” anyone who helps.  Buy the book above, and we’ll send you one of these:


We’ll Send You Your Choice of Any of These Books, Plus a DAX Sticker Smile

Yeah, and we’ll include one of the exclusive DAX stickers from the Indiegogo campaign:


You Will Also Get One of These Smile

How to Get Your Free Stuff

  1. Buy the Power Pivot and Power BI book at B&N.
  2. Keep the receipt.
  3. Mail it to the address below.
  4. Include a note as to which of the five books you want.


MrExcel Has Gone Insane
1075 Molaki Drive
Merritt Island FL 32953

Send Pictures!

We’d love to see pictures of the book on shelves in the physical world, so please please please send some!  (I’m going to be doing the same, canvasing B&N stores this weekend in my area).  Post them as comments, send them to our “empower” email address, tweet them at us, whatever.

Even if you don’t buy the book, send pics in fact if you happen to be in a B&N and see it Smile

Rob Collie

Rob Collie

One of the original engineering leaders behind Power BI and Power Pivot during his 14-year career at Microsoft, Rob Collie founded a consulting company in 2013 that is 100% devoted to “the new way forward” made possible by Power BI and its related technologies. Since 2013, PowerPivotPro has rapidly grown to become the leading firm in the industry, pioneering an agile, results-first methodology never before seen in the Business Intelligence space. A sought-after public speaker and author of the #1-selling Power BI book, Rob and his team would like to help you revolutionize your business and your career.

This Post Has 12 Comments
    1. But do you have M is for Data Monkey and/or Learn to Write DAX? The former is a Power Query guide, the latter is an additional DAX tutorial resource – both are from our good and trusted friends, both are from the same excellent publisher (MrExcel/Holy Macro Books/Bill Jelen) and both are excellent companions to our book 🙂

  1. I’m bummed. Not stocked in my local store, but that isn’t going to stop me from having them order one in! Looking forward to seeing the updates from the first edition. Thanks for the deal on the second book. Now I just need to figure out which I want the most.

    1. No Mike, my impression was that it was NOT region-specific.

      That said, we are getting indications that they’ve dropped the ball and may not actually have it ANYWHERE yet.

      Stand by, we’re checking on this. Apologies for the confusion 🙁

  2. Thanks for the update! I just stopped by Barnes & Noble and was surprised that they didn’t have anything related to Power Pivot, Power BI, or DAX. My plan was to buy the book on behalf of a sponsor for our Power BI & Excel Power Pivot-Kansas City user group, and then have our next sponsor pickup the tab for a giveaway.

  3. I visited Barnes and Noble online to determine where to find your book and discovered that the link “Available for Pick Up In Store” was active for your first edition, NOT for your second edition.

    1. Yep it’s definitely NOT there yet. They screwed up the ISBN’s. Will have to remind everyone at some future date, sorry for the false alarm 🙁

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