nope, I would not have believed it, either...
Apparently, the company that we order our books for next year through closed the list for our school in October!
Have spent all day negotiating how they will be even willing to sell me the books, although they cannot guarantee delivery by the start of school.
Thing is, these places have a monopoly on some of the things on the list. In my day, the local book store had all the requirements.
I'm not new at this, either...it's just getting earlier every year!