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Re: The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x ... FOREWORD BY DAVID BRABEN!!

Post by nick_h » Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:48 pm

Hi Guys ! Had the mail saying the book was about to be dispatched on the 9th. Any idea how much longer ?

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Re: The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x ... FOREWORD BY DAVID BRABEN!!

Post by Mayhem » Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:00 pm

Well it's coming from the US, so you'd expect it to be a week or so.
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Re: The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x ... FOREWORD BY DAVID BRABEN!!

Post by merman » Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:02 pm

jerellis1 wrote:
Antiriad2097 wrote:
merman wrote:the Amiga Book is scheduled for next year
Actual release late 2011 ;)
I'm going to lay down a challenge to the Andrews by attempting to get my next book published before the Amiga one. For added daredevilry, I'm not actually going to start writing it until January. :P
Hehe, wrote 200 more words on the Amiga book yesterday, this could be quite a slow-paced race ;)
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Re: The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x ... FOREWORD BY DAVID BRABEN!!

Post by nick_h » Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:51 am

Mayhem wrote:Well it's coming from the US, so you'd expect it to be a week or so.
Duh ! In my Stella filled haze I'd forgotten it was coming from the US

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Re: The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x ... FOREWORD BY DAVID BRABEN!!

Post by kiwimike » Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:20 am

Love the look of the upcoming Sinclair/Speccy book that states a 'November' release(on the Hiive site). Is this book on schedule? If it is I'll preorder this week. I'm really quite excited about this one :)

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Re: The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x ... FOREWORD BY DAVID BRABEN!!

Post by andrew_rollings » Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:36 am

kiwimike wrote:Love the look of the upcoming Sinclair/Speccy book that states a 'November' release(on the Hiive site). Is this book on schedule? If it is I'll preorder this week. I'm really quite excited about this one :)
Hell no! Am I ever on schedule??? I have to update the website, but I'm waiting for BT to install my internet today...
(I'm back over in the UK for a few months on business, so it's impacting my time to write).

I do expect to get it done by early(!) next year though...

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Re: The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x ... FOREWORD BY DAVID BRABEN!!

Post by Gren » Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:23 pm

My book came today :D

And it's absolutely awesome. Beatifully put together - the hardback version has a serious quality feel. Limited edition no. 150 for me :wink:
To top it all off :- first flick through and the first game that greets me is the incredible Phantom Slayer (I used this in the screeny challenge thread a couple of weeks back!) My fave game on a machine I never owned (I played it on my cousin's Dragon).
I know what I'll be reading over the coming days/weeks. Almost want to get a 2nd softback version to read so I can leave the hardback version in pristine condition :lol:

Glorious stuff - huge congrats to Jerry, Andrew and all the other guys.

Roll on the next speccy book, and then the Amiga book!
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Re: The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x ... FOREWORD BY DAVID BRABEN!!

Post by jerellis1 » Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:54 pm

Gren wrote:Almost want to get a 2nd softback version to read so I can leave the hardback version in pristine condition...
Brilliant idea!! :wink:

Seriously though, I'm so pleased the book appears to be going down well so far. It really has made all those late nights, stiff necks and bloodshot eyes worthwhile. Keep the feedback coming, folks!

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Re: The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x ... FOREWORD BY DAVID BRABEN!!

Post by Havantgottaclue » Thu Nov 05, 2009 6:43 pm

My copy of the 8-bit book arrived today. I've only had a flick through so far, but I'm sure it'll become one of the most thumbed books on my shelves. I enjoyed seeing so many games on the less celebrated systems, particularly the Acorn machines, which had a lot more going for them gaming-wise than is often recognised.

Looking forward to the Amiga & SNES books too ...

Thanks and well done Jerry, it's a great piece of work.
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Re: The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x ... FOREWORD BY DAVID BRABEN!!

Post by jerellis1 » Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:07 pm

HUGE thanks to Retro Gamer for making the 8-Bit Book their Retro Booty 'Treasure of the Month' in the latest issue (#70)!! It's extremely flattering, greatly appreciated and, given that this was my first book, most encouraging. Preparatory work and preliminary research for Jerry Ellis' Tricky Second Book are now well underway, and hopefully I'll be able to confirm exactly what the title of this particular project is early in the new year. For now, may I be among the first to wish everyone who has snapped up a copy of the 8-Bit Book so far a jolly nice Christmas.

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Re: The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x ... RG Treasure of the Month!!

Post by jerellis1 » Tue Apr 06, 2010 4:56 pm

Hello everyone - first thread update for quite a while. Just thought I'd post this translation of a review of the book that appeared on the French retro gaming website grospixels.com recently (thanks to rllmukers beenabadbunny and Toblerone for translating the original):

Just like Pix'n Love publications, Hiive Books is a small publishing company specialising in the publication of works on video games. Their latest book, The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x, is a real gem that no Groxpixelien can afford to miss.

With a foreword by David Braben, creator of Elite, and written by Jerry Ellis, an English teacher who has been passionate about video games since his childhood years, The 8-Bit Book has the goal of presenting, throughout its 250 pages, 250 games, all of which have one thing in common: they ran on 8-bit micros. Each page presents itself as a very concise record wherein the reader will enjoy not only a brief, illustrated description of a game, but also numerous facts about its development, its author or its software house. Considering the extent of the accurate information distilled throughout these pages, the amount of research that must have been carried out by the author is staggering.

The selection of titles is very eclectic: from the cult hit, Spindizzy, to the completely unknown (and dreadful!) Doctor What!, Jerry Ellis casts a wide net, running the risk of leaving out a number of classic titles of the age.

But it is in precisely this original choice that the whole point of this work resides. By not dwelling solely on the hits that everyone knows only too well, it illustrates perfectly what defined the 80s: a decade made of successes and failures, a veritable laboratory of ideas where the worst horrors existed side-by-side with strokes of genius.

The only two faults that can be found with this fantastic publication are the language (English, which may put some people off) and the computers covered, which are limited to those machines that were distributed in Britain. Absent, therefore, are the Thomson computers of our youth, and in their place are the BBC and other Acorns, which we French never had the pleasure of using. Rest assured - the ubiquitous Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC are very well represented. And above all, the presence of the more exotic computers is not a reason to reject the book; on the contrary, it gives the reader an opportunity to learn more about the video gaming scene in a country that was one of the major cradles of the industry.

Much more than a long essay retelling the story of video gaming in an academic way, the 8-Bit Book depicts a whole epoch with dynamism and precision. Once the final page is turned, the global tableau that emerges appears remarkably consistent and coherent, leaving the reader with the vivid impression of having lived - for the first time or the second - in a remarkable decade.

Quite simply, a rare book.


Not bad eh! Here's the original review:

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Re: The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x ... RG Treasure of the Month!!

Post by Greyfox » Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:24 pm

Get this up on the Ibook store and at a nice price, and consider me sold, would love to be Reading this when my new Ipad arrives over the next months or so

delighted the book was a success especially with French readers, they're a tuff nut to crack ;)
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Re: The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x ... RG Treasure of the Mon

Post by jerellis1 » Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:18 pm

In the most exciting 8-Bit Book-related news so far this year (in fact the first news of any kind for over a year), the 8-Bit Book has finally been listed at amazon.com (not amazon.co.uk):

The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x by Jerry Ellis

Temporarily out of stock though. Ah well, you can't win them all I guess. :roll:

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Re: The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x ... RG Treasure of the Mon

Post by jerellis1 » Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:48 pm

Another little bump to announce that amazon.com finally appear to have copies of the 8-Bit Book in stock. It costs around £18 for the book, just as it did when it was only available through the Hiive Books website, but postage from the US now works out at around a fiver, which is roughly half what it was directly from hiivebooks.com.

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Re: The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x ... RG Treasure of the Mon

Post by jerellis1 » Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:42 am

Ladies and gents, it's time for a sort of official announcement regarding the next stage in the life of the 8-Bit Book. Following some discussions I've had with the publisher recently, we've come to an agreement which will enable me to regain full ownership of the content of the 8-Bit Book and to publish an updated, bigger, longer, stronger and altogether sexier edition within the next couple of years. I'm going to have complete control over the artistic direction of the book this time. Full details will begin to emerge soon but the basics are currently as follows:

1) All copies will be hardcover.
2) The books will be published in the UK, eliminating the prohibitive shipping costs that hampered sales of the original Hiive Books edition outside the US.
3) A significantly larger format, now that I'm no longer restricted by the size of a rubber-keyed ZX Spectrum!
4) Far more games covered than the 230 or so that were in the original book (potentially around twice that number this time), including many of the classic Commodore 64 and Spectrum titles that I wasn't allowed to write about previously on account of them having already been included in the first two books of the Golden Years 'trilogy'.
5) The current plan is to have the books ready in time for Christmas 2014.
6) A brand-new, original cover by OLIVER FREY! :D :D :D

That's about it for now, but any ideas, suggestions and encouragement from here on in would be most welcome. :)

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