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October 03, 2005

Book Review: How to write (eBook)

The following is a review done on behalf of Mind & Media. The copy of the book I reviewed was donated by the publisher, through Mind & Media for the purpose of this review.

I was excited when I first heard of this book, because I mistakenly thought the title was “How to write an eBook”. Turns out it's “How to Write” and this version is in an eBook format (apparently I needed a book titled “How to Read eMail”)

On the plus side, the book is very short. On the down side (at least for me) is that it was almost all stuff I'd learned a long time ago. I was in school right about when the emphasis on writing skills was quietly being phased out. I had a few essays assigned; but very little proficiency was expected of us. From what I read of what the younger generation writes on the internet, it seems writing skills are looked upon as something of an anachronism much like learning to load a flint-lock gun. And that lack leaves quite a few people unprepared for a world still very much dependant on the written word.

As a quick how-to for people in need of some basic writing skills, the book will give you a good start toward being prepared to handle words and ideas and putting them in proper shape. But if you have any experience at all in writing—writing things that people read, understand and enjoy—then it'll more than likely be tedious review.

If you're not sure which of those two categories you fit in, $199 is not an awful lot to spend to make sure.

Posted by Danny Carlton at October 3, 2005 04:13 PM

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