I'm happy to officially announce that my next book, CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer, written with Boisy Pitre, is now available for pre-order from booksellers everywhere, including Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, and of course, the publisher's (Taylor & Francis/CRC Press) Website. My personal favorite place is Amazon, where you can buy it at a nice discount from the full retail price, plus, if the price drops upon the book's publication sometime in November, you get it for the lower price. Of course, you don't get charged until it actually ships.
What's nice about the book (available in both paperback and ebook versions) is that this is the first time the story of Tandy's Color Computer - affectionately dubbed "CoCo" - will be told in this manner. The first version of the computer debuted on July 31, 1980, and it and its successors were staples in Radio Shack stores into the 1990s. While never the most popular computer series, the ubiquity of Radio Shack's stores, catalogs, and overall advertising meant that it was impossible to ignore, even if systems like the Apple II, Commodore 64, and IBM PC garnered all the headlines. Thanks to extensive interviews with most of the principles involved in the computer's creation, community, and support, you'll have a definitive first-hand account of how the computer series came to be, from an extensive pre-history right through to what's going on today, where a small, but enthusiastic cadre of fans still enjoy working with the systems. In short, you get to learn about the "soul" of this underdog computer series, including all the business decisions that went into its creation, all the personalities both directly and indirectly involved in its support, and some of the herculean efforts needed to keep the platform alive.
Finally, for those not interested in pre-ordering, I'll be sure to post again once the book is actually ready to ship. As always, I greatly appreciate the support.
(see the full size image of the bookmark on the official Facebook group for the book, here)
The CoCo bookmarks arrived!
I expect you'll sell maybe 300 of the books. Thanks!
That sounds like a good start, but this book should easily do far better than that, particularly based off of the pre-order numbers. Regardless, if you care about vintage computers and videogames, you should want ALL books in this category to do well so that more will get greenlit by publishers.
We just got word from the publisher that "CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer" went to press last week. That means it should start shipping to stores starting the end of December.
Here's the Amazon link again.
Hmm.. How did Amazon know that while I was searching for something else, to put an ad up for this book?! Being a proud recipient of an old "D" board 4k Coco for Christmas 1980 when I was 12, the picture of the book in the side panel definitely caught my eye.
I'm good for two of them, because I have a friend who I'll need to give one to as well! Definitely looking forward to reading it!
Thanks for the support, Steve. While the CoCo never got the same type of notice or respect as some of the higher profile platforms, it was obviously still a critical part of 1980s computing. Hopefully this book reflects that idea sufficiently.
I just preordered it from Amazon. I love this type of book. While my first love is Commodore I also have some CoCo 2's in my collection and love them. I'll probably just pick up the kindle version too once its released but I need one on my book shelf as well.
Thanks. Just a side note, the Kindle version is color, while the paperback is not. I think there are 90+ images, though obviously given the age of some of the sources (or types of images), not everything was originally color anyway.