We’ve noticed over the last few months an interesting trend – sales of our Leading and Managing in Silicon Valley book have substantially shifted from the hardback version to the Kindle version. When we started out, we’d only occasionally sell a copy on the Kindle, and almost all the sales were of the printed version; by now though the Kindle version is outselling the hardback by 3:1 ! I admit I really like using the Kindle software myself. I find it nice that I can transparently pass books between my laptop, the iphone and the ipad. And I have a real problem that all my bookshelves are overstuffed – I just don’t have more room in the house for books. So it makes a lot of sense to get electronic books, particularly for books that aren’t primarily visual. Art books are still different, but for most things, the electronic versions are great! Also, Amazon has made the terms for the author a lot more compelling, offering royalties at the same level as the printed book (it used to be a much worse deal) and they’ve added UK distribution as well. The book is actually starting to sell abroad too, which is nice. It’s actually a lot of fun to see ongoing interest in the fruit of our two years labor.
If you haven’t gotten one yet, the Kindle version of Leading and Managing in Silicon Valley is available for only $11.99 in the US edition, and £8.04 in the UK edition. Everything you ever wanted to know about running a hitech organization, and then some!