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FOREWORD

Thanks for checking out The Future of the Written Word, the collected blog posts of the Always Write Blog from 2010. These posts cover developments pertaining to e-books, e-readers, the publishing industry, and my own writing endeavors. I strive to make my blog posts well-researched, well-written, and informative, and I hope you find them useful.

Please note what this e-book collection is and what it is not. It is a collection of 103 blog posts (over 65,000 words, plus pictures) that were posted in the year 2010 on the "Always Write" blog, which I maintain at www.davidderrico.com/blog. That means that all of the content herein is available for free on my website, linked above; however, I have spent time proofreading, collecting, and formatting these posts into the proper e-book format (and added a table of contents, made sure all the images are included, re-formatted the links, and other such things), which I believe is worth the modest price of this e-book. But I wouldn't want anyone to misunderstand or feel ripped off.

The posts cover a variety of topics, but the main ones include:

  • E-Books: e-book sales figures, availability, reviews, and features (such as lending, text-to-speech, and DRM).

  • E-Readers: news, tips, and info on e-book reading devices, focusing on Amazon's Kindle (mainly the Kindle 2 and Kindle 3), with coverage of Barnes & Noble's Nook, Sony's E-Readers, the Kobo E-Readers, and Apple's iPad.

  • Publishing: commentary on the state of book and e-book publishing, and its future, including discussion of e-book pricing, the agency model, and the future of bookstores and printed books.

  • Writing: details about the self-publishing "indie" movement in general and my own writing endeavors in particular, including tips for fellow authors on formatting, retailing, and marketing.

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