Details about my forthcoming mobile book
~ 04 January 2007 ~
It’s been a while since I mentioned anything about the upcoming Mobile Web Design. Rest assured it’s still forthcoming, but life inevitably has gotten in the way the last couple months — new job, new state (or old one I suppose), holidays, etc.
However, here are a few details I’m willing to divulge:
- This will be a self-published book
- …in PDF format
- …available for less than the price of a printed book
- …with a discount for those subscribed to be notified by email, shamelessly ripping Mark Boulton’s fantastic promotion for his book
Sorry, still no concrete release date. Researching and typing as fast as the mind and fingers afford.
It’s also worth noting that, regardless of the hype and predictions surrounding mobile web growth in 2007, it’s pretty apparent a lot of positive movement is happening to make the next couple of years really exciting, mobility-wise. Below are a few indicators of this.
- Device Central in Photoshop CS3
I’m not overly impressed by what I see in this screencast (iTunes required), but the fact that the menu item in CS3 will be renamed “Save for Web & Devices” is a big deal, in my mind.
- MEX Conference Manifesto
The Mobile User Experience (MEX) conference will be held later this year in London. The manifesto for the conference is particularly telling of socioeconomic changes in the mobile web space. Number 2, among other notable points:
Tearing down the walled garden will enhance the mobile content experience and release value for the industry. The objective should be a free market for content and applications, based on open standards and accessible to all. We think the current fragmentation of formats and channels to market is holding back growth.
- The Economist: War, SMS and Arsenal
Mobile internet access to be big in 2007 for east Africa, of all places:
Despite the philanthropic efforts of Microsoft and others, computers have failed to penetrate much beyond the urban middle class in east Africa. Laptops are targeted by thieves, desktops are stymied by power cuts and a lack of broadband access. But mobile-phone operators are bullish…. 2007 will see the first high-speed internet access through mobiles…. Internet-capable mobile phones will be revolutionary, at least for those who can read and have the money to buy data bundles.
- The Mobile Web, Simplified
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