I just wanted to express my sincere thanks to the many individuals and groups who saw fit to buy my book last year. Corwin just let me know that it sold a total of 13,343 copies in the nine months that it was out which, to me at least, is just an amazing number. Considering the average book sells around 5000 copies in its lifetime, I feel extremely fortunate. I just finished updating all of the links in the current edition for the next press run and we’re already working on a second edition that right now is due out the beginning of 2008.
But as successful as this book has been, I’m wondering if it will be the one and only that I publish in the traditional model. I have a second book in the works, and I’m seriously thinking of just giving it away and offering print copies on Lulu for those that want them. I still think that paper books are the most effective way to extend these ideas to the people that “need” to hear them, but I wonder if that can be done in a more open format. We’ll see.
At any rate, thanks again…
Quentin D'Souza says
I’m glad I was one of them 🙂
chris larry says
I bought it as well and love. I especially love having it on my reference shelf at work and asked our Science & Technology Library here at the New York Hall of Science to buy one as well..
I am ALL for free….BUT is there an arguement that by selling your ideas in the marketplace gives them greater validity in a capitalist culture? Does it give some beef to your ideas in some areas? Just a thought!
I am teaching an inservice class and wanted to offer the books to the students, are there and bulk orders available?
I am happy I bought one and had you autograph it!
Nancy White says
Three of us are working on a final draft of a small book and we decided to self publish. I think some folks are concerned it reduces their “legitimacy” There is some cache in the consulting world if you have published a book, and I think some small bit of scorn, confusing self publishing with vanity publishing!
I don’t worry about the cache and legitimacy comes in people finding the text useful and their engagement with it. That’s where my hope sits!
Good luck on the second book. I’ll be happy when my first finally emerges into the world!
Julia Colby says
When I first entered the world of Web 2.0 last summer, it was quite mind-boggling. So, I bought your book and David Warlick’s “Classroom Blogging” book. Money well spent. Started me off on the right path. Thanks again.
Timely post. Congrats! I grabbed and read my copy tonight as I am preparing to work with students to learn “more efficient and relevant ways” to use the web. This group is a small group of students labeled gifted, but I am interested in learning how they are using the web now and if it is inline with where many parents and teachers feel students are “tech savvy”.
Thanks again for your dedication, it makes my (among others) work easier and more enjoyable!
Mrs. Durff says
Charge people to buy the e-book!
Susan Sedro says
Hooray for you!
Hooray for the teachers it helped!
Hip, Hip Hooray for all the kids it impacted in such positive ways.
Thanks for being such a strong, clear, helpful voice. It is so difficult to know what will actually be the catalyst for substantial change. I haven’t given up on the power of wise words that are timely and well-spoken. So often, yours are all of the above.
Tom Hemingway says
I just ordered my copy from Amazon a week before this post, and look forward to sharing it with colleagues here in Turkey. You mentioned updated links and a second edition, but what about the 13,343 (+ me) who already have a copy? Have you thought about a website for owners of the book where you can publish updates, appendices, etc? Sort of like the Fifth Discipline series by Peter Senge, that has supplements available for download.