Friends, I have been lousy at updating the English blog for a while. I have just been too busy, too tired and too overwhelmed with the whole experience of taking ”The Google Code” to the market.
I have been interviewed well over thirty times in less than a month, the book and the Google story as such has been discussed all over the place. The coverage is way beyond what I could have hoped for, my publisher is excited like a kid. (He always is though…) Google pulling the plug in China was like winning the lottery – all of a sudden, all the news shows wanted comments… Very, very lucky for me.
Today, however, is a special day.
And I have had a rough night with very little sleep.
April 10th 2010 is the official release date for the book. It has been on the market for about two weeks already – selling enough for a second printing to be ordered! – but today is the day when all the big papers publish their reviews.
Five out of the six biggest papers have written large, thoughtful and by all measures very appreciative pieces about the book. Several of the smaller papers are on the ball today as well, also with generous praise.
Any negative critizism? Not really. Several critics ask for a stronger ”Google is evil”-conclusion and think that I should have been more outspokenly critical or negative. Fine, I chose not to do that. I prefer the reader drawing his or her own conclusions… Some request more analyzis, and they have a point – there are segments of the book where I wish I would have been able to reach a little deeper. On the other hand: The target audience is the average googler on the street, not the media nerds in my own phone book. I desperately wanted to avoid writing a tech-dude book.
In all, I feel relieved. And immensely grateful to all of you who helped me do this, Googlers and non-Googlers, close to a hundred people that in one way or the other took part in what has been the most exciting project in my working life. Thank you thank you thank you.