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Self-Published Book About to TV Picked Up by Major Publisher

It’s rare when a self-published book is sought out by a major publisher for distribution. But that’s what happened with TV critic Alan Sepinwall’s book, The Revolution Was Televised.

According to The New York Times, Sepinwall, who’s currently a TV critic for the web site hitflix.com, shopped his book around early last year but only got one offer — which he didn’t think was very good. Instead of goin that route, Sepinwall self-published the book. In it, he explains the impact that a select group of TV executives and TV shows — The Sopranos, Mad Men, Friday Night Lights, Lost — had on the television industry and the long-form drama.

Now the Touchstone imprint of Simon & Schuster has picked it up, with plans to release it in paperback in the early spring and in e-book format possibly earlier.

Released late last year, the book has been very successful — though Sepinwall won’t reveal specific sales numbers. He did, however, tell David Itzkoff:

“I like the idea that the book could exist in brick-and-mortar stores, could be on college syllabi,” he said. “I was pleased with the idea of being able to go back to the very beginning of the project.”

The book also received a lot of praise from The New York Times.

I’m almost as a much of TV nerd as I am a book nerd, so I’d really like to read the book. It will be interesting to see how much money the book will bring in, now that it will be so much more accessible.

Don’t want to wait? Get The Revolution Was Televised in paperback now for $16.99..

Or get it on your Kindle for just $6.99.

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Bill Gates: Book Critic

Bill Gates is best known for his computer work. But now he’s entering another field: book reviews.

According to this article by the L.A. Times, Gates has been reviewing books on his personal web site, The Gates Notes, since March of this year. It seems that the majority of the books he’s read and reviewed are nonfiction and align with his philanthropic interests, like healthcare, education, and technology. Just a few of the books he’s read include Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools by Steven Brill, Global Warming: The Complete Briefing by John Houghton, and The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa by Deborah Brautigam.

When I first read this article about Gates’ new venture into book reviews, I thought “What does he know? I thought he only knows computers.” But he is a Harvard dropout, and his worldly interests and opportunities have given him a real-life perspective into many of the topics he’s reading about and reviewing. That being said, his reviews are pretty good and eloquently written.

So if you ever get sick of me, just know you can always go to The Gates Notes and see what Bill Gates has to say about the latest nonfiction reads on prevalent social issues.

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