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Dec 05, 2006: Ursus maritimus 3

The 3rd edition of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web is now available at your favorite bookstore. By my count, it's 44 pages longer, which works out to about 8% growth between the second and third editions. (Compared to about 80% growth between v1 and v2.) Is it 8% better? We hope you'll be the judge.

O'Reilly has made the ToC, the index, a sample chapter, and much more available from their site.

Am I glad it's done? Uh-huh. I'll never give birth, but I imagine this is the closest I'll get. But it's always fun to work with Peter on projects (we've now been collaborating since he showed up at my office door about 14 years ago). If you ever get the opportunity to work with Peter, go for it.

We're especially hopeful that it'll be used as a text in the growing number of IA and IA-related classes. In fact, if you're teaching such a class and would like a review copy as you plan your syllabus, please let one of us know. (We'd appreciate your sending a link to your class while you're at it.)

Personal PB3 highlight? Updating the chapter on enterprise IA, which I've been a bit fixated on since PB2 came out. Lowlight? The chapter on deliverables, which was horribly difficult to write. I found myself frequently referencing to Dan Brown's new book Communicating Design for deliverables; I suggest you pick up a copy too.

Any way, back to search analytics...

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Comment: Justin Thorp (Dec 7, 2006)

Lou, congrats on the book!

Any advice for someone who aspires to be a published author?

Comment: Lou (Dec 7, 2006)

Thanks Justin.

Advice? Realize that marketing your book is something that you have to play a large role in. Most publishers do very little marketing beyond the obvious, commodity types of marketing. They just don't know enough about your topic or audience, and have too many titles to worry about. A few publishers will be your partner; those are the ones you want to work with. But either way, be prepared to work on marketing as well as writing. And, if possible, making the act of writing a marketing exercise as much as possible; one way is through blogging your material as you develop it.

Comment: nobsato (Dec 13, 2006)

I got the copy this afternoon, great work with new addition, thanks Lou!
Hope Japanese PB3 are under way :)

Comment: Lou (Dec 13, 2006)

Glad it made it to Japan! I wonder if they are translating the third edition yet; not sure how and when O'Reilly makes such decisions...

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