Because this is the second time its happened to me, and Im mad. At a Books-A-Million in North Myrtle Beach, SC, I found, to my excitement, 4 COPIES OF THE ESSENTIAL ATLAS!!!!! I took it to the checkout desk to buy it: and they refused to sell it to me, citing the fact that it was 3 days too early! Well, who could have put the kriffin books on the shelves, then? A few months ago, the same thing happened in Rocky Mount, NC, with Wild Space. So, am I the only one ever confronted with managerial (is that a word?) incompetence?