Now, aside from the cover, this edition is special because it's the first book ever to use 'augmented reality.' If you get the book and a webcam, you can go to Penguin's Vampire Academy site and launch their augmented reality program. Hold your book up to the camera, and all sorts of things start happening on your computer screen. The text moves, your picture appears, and more. The instructions are on the link I just listed, and here's a video demonstration:
Cool, huh? I feel like this book could control the world.
Anyway, if you're interested in getting the VA hardcover, it's available at all the usual online retailers (Amazon, BN, and Borders) and 'real' bookstores too. If your local store doesn't have it in stock, they should be able to order it. Australians: your own stores will carry it too, so you don't need to order it from the U.S. Note: some places call this book the 'limited edition.' Some places call it the 'signature edition' because of my silver signature printed on the front. It does NOT come autographed on the inside.
But, if you do want it autographed on the inside, you can order it from University Bookstore in Seattle. I'll come in and sign any of my books you order from them so long as you follow these instructions. It's crucial when you order from them to make sure to write in the comments box that you want the book(s) autographed and say EXACTLY who you want the book autographed to.
Here's the direct link to the VA hardcover at University Bookstore so you don't get it confused with the paperback one. You can also ignore the 2-4 weeks shipping note. The books ship as soon as I autograph them. In fact, I'll be going into University Bookstore on Wednesday to sign so that all orders placed by release day can go out on time.
And lastly, don't forget that the last perk of the hardcover edition of VA is that it's got the first chapter of Spirit Bound in it!