So I’m going to break my self-imposed rule about blatant self-promotion in my blog posts just this once.
I just found out that my book has eclipsed 25,000 copies sold, and that sales this year so far are actually on the rise.
This. Amazes. Me.
A heartfelt thank you (been doin’ a lot of that lately) to all of you who have read it, who have shared your stories with me about it, who have showed me dog-eared, highlighted copies of it at conferences, and who have recommended it on your blogs, on Amazon, or to your colleagues. It’s hugely motivating to know that it’s made a positive impact. (I’ll skip the Sally Field moment.)
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Sylvia Martinez says
In case people don’t realize it (in these days of million selling CDs being considered a failure) – 25,000 books sold to a mostly teacher audience is HUGE. 3,000 would be a big hit.
Whatever the ed tech book equivalent of the Platinum album is, you’d win it!
Tom Hoffman says
It is a good book, Will.
I didn’t even know you had a book out, Will, that’s how much non-promoting you’ve been doing. I’ll pass this one along to our staff via our staff blog. Oh, and guess what’s going on my Amazon wish list?
Wesley Fryer says
Congrats Will! That is great. As wonderful as I think ongoing conversations in the blogosphere are, I think sharing ideas via traditional, print-based books still has GREAT value and will continue to have that value. Conversations in the blogosphere can be choppy and disjointed, yet there is so much to hear as well as say. Reading a book like yours provides a great opportunity to take in a longer and well-connected message. I’m thrilled for you, and also enthused that so many people are being exposed to these IDEAS and hopefully having conversations with others about them.
Debbie Harris says
It’s a wonderful resource, that’s why. Whenever I present on blogging or wikis I bring it with me.
Michael Walker says
Will’s book is a must read for anyone thinking about using Web 2.0 tools in the classroom!
It was required reading for our 21st Century Technology Community of Practice, where staff integrated Web 2.0 tools in their teaching and learning this year. It is an invaluable resource!
Chris Lehmann says
Mazel Tov! Well-deserved success.
Bill Gaskins says
I just bought the book two week ago and hopefully will dig into in few days. Congratulations on 25K!!!!
Eric Langhorst says
It sits on my desk and is well worn. Thanks Will.
David Robb says
Congrats! Your book is what inspired me to start blogging. When is version version 2 coming out?
Christy Tucker says
Congrats on your well-deserved success!
Jamey Barber says
Congratulations! Now when does a 2nd, 3rd, 4th edition come out? Unfortunately (Fourtunately?) you could never keep up with all of the new tools that come out, but your basic philosophy will remain the same. Passion-based learning using constructivist pedagogy and social networking tools. Educational Nirvana!!
Leif Harboe (Norway) says
The book made the same impression on as when I the 90’ies read Being digital, by Negroponte. It made a lasting impression. It was an great inspiration when I wrote a book for Norwegian teachers which will be published this month.
When it comes to actual readers of the book, you can probably multiply the sales figure by three or four! We bought several copies for the professional library we keep in our office and they are almost never here.
Of course, that could mean lost sales if people borrow the book rather than buy it, and I apologize for that. But, hopefully, you can take some pride (intangible as it may be 🙂 from the fact that your ideas and thoughts are being spread around.
it seems most bloggers have an agenda. usually that agenda involves cashing in somehow. don’t apologize for it.
Leif Harboe says
Bloggers have an agenda of cashing in? Money? Are you kidding? I see lots of agendas – but making money? That is for the very very few.
Will Richardson says
Thanks for all of the congrats. And Dave, call me naive, but I certainly never thought of cashing in when I started blogging. (And with the way royalties work, there’s not a lot of cashing in there either.)
Nick Pernisco says
Congrats. It’s encouraging to see fellow authors doing well in their pursuits! I’ve yet to publish my first book, but I’ve “authored” several videos, including one about podcasting and blogging, and they’ve been doing pretty well.
Paul Williams says
Your book really brings things together about using Web 2.0 technology teaching. One of the best intro’s to the subject there is.
Brad Wenger says
Congrats, Will on 25,000! The book is a great resource for teachers at all grade levels. Actually, though, I’ve learned just as much, if not more, from you through your blog and on twitter. Buying the book allows teachers to have a resource that is at their fingertips (physically, literally). As Wesley Fryer pointed out in a previous comment, it is still good to have a printed resource available. The hope is, though, that those people who read your book also realize the great potential of the web and the wealth of knowledge and expertise that is at their fingertips online. So…the thanks go to you for sharing your knowledge in your book, but ‘continuing the story’ everyday….
It’s a good book Will. We are using it for some “PD” work in our building.