TightWind in Print, 2009: No Paper in Sight

June 14th, 2010

Last year, I assembled my best articles from 2008, designed a book, and made it available on Blurb. It turned out really well–but because printing something with high quality paper, ink and binding is expensive, it costed $26. Ouch.

A lot has changed in the past year, however. In mid 2009, reading ebooks was a very new (and small) thing. No one knew how many Kindles were in use and the Kindle application for iPhone was just getting started. Publishing a book exclusively for digital devices was not a great idea.

But things have changed. We now know there are something like 3 million Kindles, 100 million iOS devices, and more specifically, more than 2 million iPads sold in just a few months. These devices are all great for reading digital content. I’ve read several books on my iPhone and iPad.

So: I am doing TightWind in Print for 2009, but there is no print. No paper, no ink, no time spent waiting for the book to arrive (and no plane and truck used to deliver it). It is instant.


I’ve taken my best articles from 2009, assembled them into a book, and published it on the Kindle store. It’s a fantastic way to read the articles; I’ve been reading it (and fixing formatting errors) on my iPad for the past week.

Here it is. You can read it on all of your devices, wherever you are, like you would a good book. But here’s the best part: it’s only $4.99.

I’m really excited about this. Hopefully you will be, too.