I’m tickled pink to finally announce the project I’ve been hard at work on for weeks now: my new book, The Complete Guide to Google Wave, is now available to read and share for free at completewaveguide.com.
Anyone who reads my stuff or listens to This Week in Google knows that I’m a Google Wave nut. Yes, it’s a hyped, complex, do-it-all web application, but the sheer ambition is part of Wave’s appeal for me. Since I logged onto Wave’s developer sandbox back in June, I’ve spent a whole lot of time in Wave, figuring out how it works and what it might do–and blogging about my discoveries just didn’t cut it. So, along with Adam Pash from Lifehacker, I’ve compiled everything we know how to do in Google Wave in a book format at completewaveguide.com. I’m calling it a book, but for now it’s just a web site–with eight “chapters” and two “appendices,” free for you to read, share, and if we’re lucky, help us expand. The site will grow into traditional book formats, however: thanks to the team at 3ones, a PDF version of the book’s preview edition will be available for purchase this month. In January of 2010, a softcover print version of the book’s first edition will be available as well as an updated PDF. Adam and I have committed to four editions throughout 2010, so the book will change and evolve along with Wave. The latest and greatest version of the book will always be available for free at completewaveguide.com.
I turned down a request-for-proposal from my traditional book publisher to try this experiment in iterative self-publishing. I ran down the whole story of why on the book’s About page. This approach scratches several itches I’ve had for years: I’ve always wanted to publicly collaborate on a book using MediaWiki, try my hand at self-publishing, and license a book under Creative Commons. Now, to see how it will all turn out. Check out the book and let me know what you think. (Also, follow @gwaveguide on Twitter for Wave tips and book news.)