Yes, the book everyone's talking about will soon be mine thanks to Amazon. Whoo-hoo!!!!
Managed to find not only the "Rite Of Passage" novel but the Official Season 7 Companion book at a local Barnes & Noble yesterday. Sure, I could've saved $4 by getting the Companion book through Amazon, but the copy at the store was in perfect condition and I couldn't see quibbling over 4 bucks when I had the thing right there in my hands.
Still can't understand why Barnes & Noble didn't carry the big Essential book in their stores around here. I saw plenty of big coffee table type books on the shelves. Guess SPN isn't deemed Christmas-gift-worthy enough? Phooey on them. They lost a sale because of it. Pbbbbbbt. :P