Delete – advance publicity

I haven’t posted for a short while, as I’ve been really busy getting the manuscript for my new book finished and off to the publishers. Now it’s with them it takes a year to go through all the production process stages before its printed and ready for purchase, so it should be in the shops in August 2013. The cover is designed, though, and advance notice for the book has been released by Bloomsbury:

Delete: A Design History of Computer Vapourware
Paul Atkinson

While most historical accounts of the development of computer design focus on specific computers or manufacturers, examining the success stories of hardware and operating systems, Delete: A Design History of Computer Vapourware creates a completely new narrative by investigating the machines that didn’t make it.
Fascinating, full-colour images of computer designs, many of them previously unpublished, are accompanied by the hitherto untold stories of their planning and development, the pitfalls and successes in their creation, the market and competition at the time and the reasons why they never finally appeared for sale.
Appealing both to a broad audience and to a more specialist one of designers and computer historians, Delete, with its unique collection of prototypes that never made it to the market, depicts a technological world that might have been.
The full details can be found here at Bloomsbury’s website.

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