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justin flavin [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, June 1, 2006
13 years ago11,315 views

cool!

congrats Philip.

Garett Rogers [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

that rocks!
I'm ordering my copy today :)

Good work Philipp!
Garett

SCJM [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

so were you offered a book deal, or is this just some deal where anyone can order a book they make?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Yes, Lulu.com is a self-publisher. The book will also be available on Amazon in the near future, but for a higher price (Amazon adds their own commission).

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Congratulation!
I remember you talked about this...
It really took 25 hours to upload???

/pd [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Con'grats looking towards readin the book!!

dpneal [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Well done Philipp!
Will it be appearing in Google Book Search?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Haochi:
> It really took 25 hours to upload???

In the sum, yes. Whenever I wanted to check if the book formatted right with Lulu's Word to PDF converter, I had to upload it. A single upload takes around 15 minutes. But I had to do this 100s of times because of converter issues! Around half-time I switched from Open Office Writer to Microsoft Word, which I bought just for the book. But the issues continued... oh, I could write a 2nd book about how to write a book with Lulu :)

dpneal:
> Will it be appearing in Google Book Search?

Yes! Lulu tells me it takes 8 weeks. The book is released under Creative Commons and I'm curious how it will appear in Google Book Search.

justin flavin [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

but Open Office Writer can save to PDF format.
did you try that?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Yeah, I tried that and a lot of other things. There's a whole history of issues and follow-up issues somewhere buried in the Lulu forums :D

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Nice job! I want to write once a book my self. Maybe I should publish it on this site too...

Gerard Vlemmings [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

I just ordered the book. Looking forward to reading it.

B. [PersonRank 2]

13 years ago #

Congratulation Philipp! 55+(Your Book)=56 Ways to Have Fun With Google, with all the contradictions involved in this statement....

Mister B.

az [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

were the people who edited the wiki's names includded?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Yep....
There's also a little surprise in the acknowledgements :)

Seth Finkelstein [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Congratulations – writing a book is <em>hard</em>!

az [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

im not that familiar with google book search- will the whole book be there or will there only be sample pages?

Andreas S [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Congratulations!

Nice to see that the book features the Googleheads mentioned just a few posts earlier:


static.lulu.com/items/volume_1 ...



'Cause they're the Googleheads
They shake their doodleheads
...

Now I've got the song in my head for another few hours, great ;-).

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Az, I'm curious myself, I'll have to see!

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

If you want to help digging:
digg.com/technology/55_Ways_to ...

Ken Kuhl [PersonRank 7]

13 years ago #

Congrats Philipp! Ordering now....

/pd [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Dugg!! But It points to the a 55fun dot com url .

Does the book have its own space on the net ??

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Well, 55fun.com is the official homepage. But I also created that domain to host some of the book's content (you'll see in the book) as well as to create redirects for long URLs.

Achille [PersonRank 2]

13 years ago #

Wohoo... I don't buy books but I'll submit it to my library for them to buy it.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Ordered. Dugg. Blogged. Can't wait to read it now!

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Hehehehe... Tony is in chapter 8... see
ruscoe.net/blog/2006/06/55-way ...

greent [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Where do you find the time? Or are you one those people who doesn't need sleep?

Congratulations and can't wait to read it!

justin flavin [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

i love the meme Philip – "fun" with google. its not "technical" and its not a "big dummy" idea – its just a "hey, lets have some fun with google" kind of idea.

breaks down barriers.

i like it.

justin flavin [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

blogged.
justinflavin.com/item/312/55-w ...

next step, hopefully – get it onto the front page of digg.com

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Well, I haven't given up on the Digg article yet tho it's stalling at around 26 diggs so far! :)

Mark Draughn [PersonRank 5]

13 years ago #

Congratulations on getting The Book out!

So, when are you starting on "55 MORE Ways to Have Fun With Google"?

alek [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Congrats Philipp ... and (Alek heads over to DIGG for a moment) you are now at 31 DIGGS and 7 comments – good luck!

P.S. How 'bout a different favicon.ico for 55ways.com – just a "55" ... or maybe "55-G" (?)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Excellent idea! Please empty your cache and reload 55fun.com :)

alek [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Or optionally just hit 55fun.com/favicon.ico and hit reload to get the new version – looks nice!

OREO [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Congratulations Philipp! I'm looking forward to readin it & I'm going to order mine today!

John Battelle [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

Way to go Philipp!!

Brian Mingus [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Awesome :)

Suresh S [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Will this book Sold in INDIA

KenWong [PersonRank 3]

13 years ago #

Congratulation!

I am managing to buy one.

Elias KAI [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #


congrats to all.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

> Will this book Sold in INDIA

Suresh I'm pretty sure Lulu.com ships to everywhere:
lulu.com/content/296615

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I have dugg it and I will buy the book when I have the cash...

Justin Pfister [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Super Congrats! Philipp definately follows his bliss. I dugg it! LuLu did a great job. Will you see stats on order details, such as customer info.. Or will you just see order numbers?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I just see the order numbers... 10 so far which must be all of you! :)

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

> Well, 55fun.com is the official homepage. But I also created that domain to host some of the book's content (you'll see in the book) as well as to create redirects for long URLs.

e.g. 55fun.com/0 :D

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

congrats Philipp ;-)

Jason Schramm [PersonRank 5]

13 years ago #

Let us know if the order numbers go up. I just noticed you linked from CNET and others. Seems like you're getting lots of love.

Brian Mingus [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

i just ordered a copy. why is shipping 50% of the cost of the book? we all know it doesn't cost 8 bucks to send a book! anyway, can't wait :)

Stephan Locher [PersonRank 9]

13 years ago #

Why is the country of the book "United States"?

iZeitgeist [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Stephan, haven't you learned anything in marketing ? lol

It sells. Plus the book is in english, it will just create confusion if Philipp did Germany.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Hmm, I didn't specify this value, it's probably a default 'cause Lulu is from the US, where they have their main printers... another printer is in Spain tho.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Phiipp, I was not at home and got the sUPS ticky note fixed to my mail box :)-

I expect to have my hands on it tomorrow :)-

Geeeeeeeeeeee.. I hope I am the first --!

jamie [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

c9park.wordpress.com/2006/06/0 ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Mine has been shipped too... :-)

Stephan Locher [PersonRank 9]

13 years ago #

iZeitgeist:

Well, it depends on the target group ;-)

Because I'm from Europe I think I wait until the book is available from Amazon.com. I wonder if I'm able to use my mTurk earnings then.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Stephan, why do you want to wait? Because of the shipping costs or...?
I mean I prefer Amazon too, especially because I know them & have an account there. The book on Amazon will be around $3 more expensive (Amazon's commission), and it might take a couple of months for it to arrive.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I didn't know you can embed images in forum comments.

<img src="


google.com/logos/worldcup06.gi ...

alt="" />

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

This feature is active since today, including older posts. Just use normal http links pointing straight to the image, no need for HTML.

Stephan Locher [PersonRank 9]

13 years ago #

It's not only the shipping costs:
I was an active mturker a few months ago and don't know what I should do with my earnings and I think your book is a good way to spend this "free money" ;-)

Or do you need some more books sold now to get into a particular top ten selling list?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

> Or do you need some more books sold now
> to get into a particular top ten selling list?

The more the merrier, but don't worry... you can wait for Amazon :)

Dint [PersonRank 2]

13 years ago #

I'm going to buy it for sure!
I first have to earn myself some money tho, cause I'm skint. =P

Stephan Locher [PersonRank 9]

13 years ago #

I've just ordered one for $28.64(Shipping to Europe included) from Amazon.com, now I've got to wait until the package(My first .com purchase at Amazon) arrives.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Wow. I didn't even know it's on Amazon yet :D
I have to upload a cover now, and order a print for myself as I believe there's a slightly different printing in place.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I think its also good if reviews are placed in the Amazon section too

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Yeah, I posted a review – or rather, I disclosed that I'm the author of the book and copied some reviews from Lulu – but that didn't show up yet... hmmm. If anyone wants to paste their review into Amazon it's appreciated. I'm currently trying to upload the cover, another learning experience (you are actually required to ask them for an FTP password, and then upload [isbn].jpg to a specific server, and then they take the cover from there in some days).

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Weird. 55 Ways to Have Fun With Google on Amazon shows "6 used & new" for sale. :)

Stephan Locher [PersonRank 9]

13 years ago #

They write "usally ships in 24 hours", but then after I've ordered it there's the following estimates:
Shipping estimate: June 26, 2006 – June 29, 2006
Delivery estimate: July 10, 2006 – July 26, 2006

So I think you have to wait until August for my review. :-(

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I also ordered from Amazon I hope they deliver quickly, for both of us!

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

PS: Stephan pls send me an email if you don't receive the book in 2-3 weeks.

iZeitgeist [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Why is there no image of the cover book on Amazon ?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

There will be, I'm working on it. You're supposed to send an email to Amazon to get the password for an FTP account to which you can upload the cover. I'm still waiting for Amazon to get back to me... :/

/pd [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I just updated my review on amazon... gave it a 5 star rating for this book :)_

to jockey the book up.. all we need to do is rate my review and write you review and then I rate your review with a couple of stars..

heheheh.. if we wll follow the same the same cycle, then we game Amazon rating system and other amazoners will get auto notified of Philipp's book

Grrrrrrrrrr.. W.ogels will hate me :)-

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

<< I just updated my review on amazon... gave it a 5 star rating for this book :)_

Hey, Peter, I think you've rated the book 1/5.
amazon.com/gp/product/14116934 ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Ouch. :)

NateDawg [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

lol :)-

/pd [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.. Amazon systems sucks.. the last time I had issues, Werner V and me begain a mini flame war!!

I placed another review with 5/5 and hopefully that will rectify the system, else we must all email werner[put at-character here]amazon.com and tell the CTO that thier systems suck!! :)_

Sidebar : The funny part is that I can edit my review but the rating sytem cannot be changed by the reviewer. I thik that rating system within the the Omyidar network is better.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Yeah, you ought to be able to edit your ratings... no dessert for Amazon tonight!

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

...or at least, delete them

/pd [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

good point Ionut..!!

/pd [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Rectified the mistake..and in the bargin...manged to figure out amazon rating systems..heheheh!!

amazon.com/gp/product/14116934 ...

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