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The Future of the Written Word: Always Write Blog Posts from 2010

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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