Another new year, another new ebook.
The Animations with AutoCAD ebook that I mentioned a few days ago is now available for purchase (US$8.70).
To blow my horn a bit, this is the quickest I've ever written a new book -- four days. Plus one more day for editing, assisted by my dad. But then this ebook's only 58 pages. (My other record is for updating an existing book: I redid one of my AutoCAD LT books for WordWare Publishing in one day.) Naturally, you need to contrast that with the months it takes me to update my thousand-page books, like Using AutoCAD (Autodesk Press).
In the previous posting, I noted that the content of a book changes as I write it. As I lay down the words, I find that some topics get much bigger than I expected, while others shrink. With that in mind, the table of contents now looks like this:
1 — introduction to animations
2 — recording animations
3 — walking and flying
4 — the dashboard
appendix a — editing with moviemaker
appendix b — testing with gsb
Sales are off to a brisk start; one ATC has ordered 10 copies this morning. You can learn more about this ebook's contents and how to purchase from http://www.upfrontezine.com/awa/default.htm.
After just 36 hours of being released, this ebook on animation has already outsold my ebook on rendering with AutoCAD 2007 (Tailoring AutoCAD Render"). I wonder why that is? Perhaps:
- The animation book is 2x cheaper (I price my ebooks by the page).
- Or, animation is more complex than rendering (you can get a decent rendering out of AutoCAD without knowing anything about it).