Archive for the ‘Self-publishing’ Category

Self-Pubbed Title featured in the NYT

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

The New York Times‘s Silicon Valley reporter, John Markoff  recommends the book Geeks Bearing Gifts by Ted Nelson to the “self-congratulatory computing industry,” suggesting his ideas may still “point the way forward.”

Nelson, a computer pioneer, “anticipated and inspired the World Wide Web, … he coined the term hypertext…Despite the fact that he had an original and prophetic vision of the future, Mr. Nelson has remained an outsider …”

His 1974 book, Computer Lib: You Can and Must Understand Computers Now, inspired  “A generation of young computer enthusiasts who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s… deeply influenced by Mr. Nelson’s ideas.”

The cover of the book features a 1977 mug shot of Bill Gates, reportedly taken as a result of a speeding arrest.

The self-published book is available on


Geeks Bearing Gifts:  How the Computer World Got This Way
Nelson, Ted

Paperback: 202 pages; $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-578-00438-9
Publisher: Mindful Press
Available: through

Art Rescue

Sunday, January 27th, 2008


Rescuing Da Vinci:

Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe’s Great Art – America and Her Allies Recovered It

  • Hardcover: $55.00
  • Publisher: Laurel Publishing (December 15, 2006)
  • ISBN-10: 0977434907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977434909

Today’s CBS Sunday Morning cover story sent self-published Rescuing Da Vinci by Robert M. Edsel onto the Amazon bestseller list (it’s now at #17). It tells the story of the “Momument Men,” American and British officers who recovered art that was taken by the Nazis. Edsel also co-produced a documentary on the story, The Rape of Europa.