I am delighted to announce that Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell will be published by Grove/Atlantic in February 2013. It will be available in both hardback and ebook form at that time. The official web site is at http://www.explodingthephone.com.
Steve Wozniak was kind enough to contribute a really cool foreword and early reviews of the book have been wonderful. I'm particularly proud of this one:
"The definitive account of the first generation of network hackers … At turns a technological love story, a counter cultural history and a generation-spanning epic, Exploding the Phone is obsessively researched and told with wit and clarity. It captures a moment in time that might otherwise have been lost forever."—Kevin Poulsen, Wired news editor and author of Kingpin
As we ramp up to the book release in February, here are a couple of things you can do:
Pre-order it from either Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million, or ask your local bookseller (maybe via Indiebound) to pre-order it for you.
Spread the word however you like – like us on Facebook (I'd very much appreciate it if you'd click "like" on that page), follow us on Twitter, post something about the book on your blog, forward this note to somebody you think might like it, or talk it up the old fashioned way, face to face over coffee or a beer.
I will be doing a nationwide book tour in February and will update this email list and my blog when I have dates and places.
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I walked into Diesel Bookstore in Oakland on Thursday and was pleasantly surprised to find they actually had copies of Exploding The Phone on display. (Proof: http://bit.ly/XZQt9R) And people are sending me emails most every day saying that they are receiving copies from Amazon.I guess that means it's real! :-)In other news:For those of you who don't care for paper, Grove/Atlantic informs me that the Kindle and Nook editions will be out February 5.I'm delighted to report that IEEE Spectrum will be running an excerpt from the book in their February issue. It's already up on their web site at http://spectrum.ieee...ing-out-ma-bell.As a reminder, here's a quick summary of the book tour dates and places:Los Angeles, CA 2/11 at Skylight Books, 7 pmMenlo Park, CA 2/13 at Kepler's, 7:30 pmOakland, CA 2/15 at Diesel, 7 pmPortland, OR 2/19 at Powell's Burnside, 7:30 pmSeattle, WA 2/20 at Town Hall, 6 pmBellingham, WA 2/22 at Village Books, 7 pmSan Francisco 2/25 at Book Passage (Ferry Building), 6 pmWashington, DC 2/27 at Politics and Prose, 7 pmCambridge, MA 2/28 at Harvard Book Store, 7 pmDenver, CO 3/6 at Tattered Cover, 7:30 pmWe continue to work on a venue in NYC and will post something here when we have it nailed down. The most up-to-date details on the book tour can always be found at http://explodingthephone.com/tour.php.Finally, a favor: once you've read the book, if you liked it, I would be grateful if you would post a brief review on amazon.com. Just visit the amazon web page (http://www.amazon.co...s/dp/080212061X) and scroll down to the "Write a customer review" button.As always, thank you for your support!Phil
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