I'm happy to announce that there will be a third new book from the Armchair Arcade team in 2011, this one entitled, TouchPad For Dummies, which will begin production shortly after the HP TouchPad's official release July 1, for an anticipated November 2011 retail availability. This will be written by me and Christina Loguidice, and joins our other book, My Xbox: Kinect, Xbox 360, and Xbox LIVE, which is well underway, as well as Motorola ATRIX For Dummies, which I wrote with Dan Gookin and will see release in August. Of course, Matt Barton and I are still in production on Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution, from Lux Digital Pictures.
I can't announce any specifics as of yet, but Christina and I are also in negotiations for two Nintendo books, one of which might be written this year. If either of those deals happen, we'll of course let everyone know. Here are the Amazon links to all of the Armchair Arcade team's books to date:
Now that both of our upcoming books have official Amazon listings, I can finally give more details. The first book, due out July 2011, is from Dan Gookin and me, and is titled, Motorola ATRIX For Dummies. It's a full color book that covers all the ins and outs of Motorola's amazing new Android smartphone that, among other things, can turn into a laptop and HD multimedia entertainment center. The second book is due out October 2011 and is from Christina Loguidice and me, and is titled, My Xbox: Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox Live. It's a full color book that covers everything Xbox 360, with a particular focus on the non-game features of the platform. As each book releases, we'll of course have more details. We'll also let you know once the covers are finalized, which is why you presently see a placeholder on each of the Amazon product pages. [05/05/2011 Update: There's now a cover image for My Xbox!]
Publisher Wiley has made available an interesting PDF ebook done in their inimitable For Dummies format detailing the 20 year history of the popular series. As you know, both Christina and I worked on Wii Fitness For Dummies, which was released in 2010, and I'm presently at work with For Dummies pioneer Dan Gookin on Motorola Atrix 4G For Dummies, which is due out in July of this year. Even though I've been a For Dummies author for some time now, there were many interesting factoids in the PDF that even I wasn't aware of. If you have any interest in how the series and industry has evolved in those 20 years, it's well worth checking out.
Well, it's with great relief that I announce that Christina and I have finished work on Wii Fitness for Dummies, my follow-up book to Vintage Games. Even better, we delivered early so we can make the annual Dummies promotion that is run in March at bookstores everywhere. Ours will be one of the featured books. Wii Fitness for Dummies covers Wii Fit Plus, EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer, and Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010 in great detail, as well as exercise theory, form and function. We also cover other Wii fitness products and accessories. Finally, there are plenty of screenshots, photos of us modeling key exercise poses to make it even easier to follow along, as well as a special color insert that details exercises you can do when you're away from your Wii. In short, if you're interested in fitness on the Wii, this book is for you. The book itself should be out February 2010 and will be shelved with other fitness books. Naturally, there's still much work to be done between now and then, but the bulk of the load (from our end) is complete. Now it's time to focus my energy back to the documentary I'm working on with Matt Barton, Lux Digital Pictures' Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution.
As always, I'll keep you all updated on the progress of those and future projects.
As some of you will remember, my wife and I were contracted to write, "Wii Fit for Dummies". With the recent announcement of "Wii Fit Plus", all work was stopped on "Wii Fit for Dummies" in lieu of "Wii Fit Plus for Dummies", pending that product's release. Well, long story short, its final form is now "Wii Fitness for Dummies", and will cover "Wii Fit Plus", "EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer", and "Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010", all in glorious full color, coming in at approximately 250 pages. There will also be brief mention of 10 of the other top Wii Fitness programs in a chapter in Section IV of the book, Part of Tens, which any "For Dummies" book fan will be familiar with. We'll let you know as we know more, but right now the only product in our hands is "EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer", so that will be our focus in the mean-time. I'm in contact with both Nintendo and Majesco about the other two products, but whether we'll be able to get pre-release copies of their respective titles is still very much up in the air at this point, as they're not even finished yet.
Click here to go to the Armchair Arcade product page for Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time (2009) by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton.