Today when I returned home was a box from ALA Editions on my doorstep. The first of a batch of copies of the brand new edition of Licensing Digital Content — the first time I’ve seen this book in person. I quickly and carefully opened the box and pulled out a copy. What a thrill to see the shining new cover actually on a book (rather than in a PDF file on my computer screen.) I touched the covers of the smooth book, flipped it over, fanned the pages, and brought the fanned pages to my nose to breath in the fresh new pages and never opened book. Mmm. Then I flipped through each page from the praise for the previous edition to the copyright notice to title page to the acknowledments (to my parents) to the Table of Contents, then through each and every page.
This is the 7th opportunity to have this experience. It is my 7th published book (not including translations of my books into French and Chinese) and the thrill remains. After much work and worry and deadlines and interesting research and writing and rewriting and reviewing edits and more, there is no greater thrill than to complete a book one is satisfied with. I thank everyone at ALA Editions and beyond who helped me through this process. And I hope that the thrill to my readers and the information within the book meets your goals.