The reception for the Advanced Guide seems very positive; I'm happy to hear interest in pre-ordering, which I take as a sign of exhuberance. However, I had no expection of taking pre-orders for the book, just as I had no inclination to write the book as part of a 'kick-starter' campaign.
I don't really understand kick-starters. I get about a dozen fairly serious-looking kickstarter invitations a week and quite a few more that look like a total joke. I can't see supporting any of them. Very nice and all ... and I've had people urge me to try it. Not really my thing though.
I figure, I don't ask for money up front, I can work on the project as long as it needs working. Writing doesn't take money. It can be done for free. All the things that take money - space, food, a computer, etc. - those things are paid for. I wouldn't get enough up front in pre-sales or a kickstarter to make it possible for me to quit my job and write full-time. So I'd only be trading in my free-time schedule for the risk of annoying people who had given me money without receiving a product. Doesn't seem like a fair trade.
Understand, I could take your money up front and make my life a bit interesting, buy some toys, buy some beer, what have you ... but that extra money wouldn't actually make my book go faster, or make it better, or ensure its existence in any way. The reader would just be out the money for four or five months, with nothing to show for it.
There are probably people who need to receive money for a project to feel encouraged to finish that project. They probably need your money now. But I really don't. I'll finish the book anyway.
I'll make a deal with you. Keep your money, buy some toys and beer with it, enjoy it NOW. Later, I promise, I'll have the book ready and finished, and you can pay for it THEN. What do you think?