Wordware and Delphi
published: Mon, 7-Jul-2003 | updated: Thu, 27-Oct-2005
From a conversation in the borland.public.delphi.non-technical newsgroup, I gather that Wordware are no longer publishing Delphi books. Wordware are, of course, the publishers of my book.
Considering that they were essentially the last publishing house to publish Delphi books (Marco Cantu's epic and valuable series aside), it nails the lid shut on Delphi books. Indeed, I was in my local Barnes and Noble this evening, looking for Eric Mayer's latest book on cascading style sheets (called, not inappropriately Eric Meyer on CSS), and happened by the section with the Delphi books.
Section is probably too grand a word. It consisted of two copies of the aforementioned Cantu book, wedged amongst the Python and Ruby books. There were an equal number of COBOL books, for God's sake.
I've seen this effect myself. Essentially, after the first glorious month of sales in June 2001, my book raced down the other side of the sales peak and hit its plateau. I sell, if I'm lucky, about a book a day.
So, bye, bye, Delphi book market. It was fun while it lasted.
(PS. Amazon still have my Delphi book for sale. I don't know for how long, though.)