The results are in from my experiment in ordering a book from Barnes & Noble online (bn.com). As I noted in an earlier post, after I ordered a copy of Photographer’s Guide to the Canon PowerShot S95 on July 7, I received order confirmation and shipping e-mails, stating the book should arrive by July 11. The book arrived today, nicely packed and in excellent condition. July 7 was Thursday and today is Monday, so that’s basically 2 or 3 business days, depending on whether you count Saturday. They did ship the book within 24 hours, as is noted in the book’s listing on the bn.com web site.
So, the bottom line is that, as long as Amazon continues listing the book with a 2-3 weeks shipping time, a better alternative may be to order the book from bn.com. (Though, as I also noted earlier, Amazon actually got a book to me within one week, not 2 or 3.)