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Some New eBooks

Posted on: December 13th, 2014 by Larry Gonick No Comments

The Cartoon History of the Universe I and II have both been issued as ebooks in three different formats, Kindle, iPad, and Nook. Get one, and tell me what you think!

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NEW! The Cartoon Guide to Algebra

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Larry Gonick No Comments

My new book, The Cartoon Guide to Algebra, will be out January 20, 2015. It’ll come in a digital as well as print edition.

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Cartoon Guide to Calculus: Corrected Edition Is Now in Print!

Posted on: May 30th, 2013 by Larry Gonick 5 Comments

A corrected edition of The Cartoon Guide to Calculus is now in print and available. This fixes nearly all the typos, missing minus signs, and other goofs in the first edition. The new edition can be identified by an author’s note at the bottom of the the Acknowledgments page. On the copyright page, the corrected edition has a printing number of 4 or higher.

Because a few of the problems have been changed or moved, readers of the corrected editions should refer to this updated pdf of Solutions to Selected Problems in the Corrected Edition rather than the older document, which is still available for folks with the older printing.

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Calculus Solutions and Errata Are Here!

Posted on: March 6th, 2013 by Larry Gonick 5 Comments

I’ve uploaded a pdf of Solutions to about half the problems in the Cartoon Guide to Calculus. You can either download it or read it in your browser. You should also look at the Errata sheet, which details a number of errors in the early printings of the book. (These links are also on the Calculus page on this site.) I’ve recently sent the publisher a revised electronic file that fixes all the mistakes (and makes minor changes to the problem sets), and as soon as the the corrected edition is in print, I’ll post an update here.

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Calculus eBook now available

Posted on: March 22nd, 2012 by Larry Gonick 5 Comments

The electronic version of The Cartoon Guide to Calculus is now available from iTunes. This will be iOS compatible only. At present, Kindle support for graphic books is still too primitive, but HarperCollins has been good enough to make a “fixed-format” edition available for the iPad. I’ve seen it, and it looks just like the paper version, but without paper…

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EBOOK OF CALCULUS ALMOST HERE!!!

Posted on: March 5th, 2012 by Larry Gonick 2 Comments

Hey! Wow! HarperCollins made a fixed-format ebook of The Cartoon Guide to Calculus. I know this because I’ve seen it. This is iPad only, and it won’t be on sale until the end of March… but it exists. It really, really exists!

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Lifted from Comments

Posted on: February 27th, 2012 by Larry Gonick 1 Comment

Reader Chuck commented in the last post,

“It always seemed environmentally wasteful to have a new version every year with minor differences that tanked the resale value of the previous book. Add the obligatory CD-ROM extras (which I don’t remember ever having to use) that once opened meant no resale would be possible at all and you really feel like you are being taken for a ride.”

The only thing I have to add is that the flip side of this is the counterattack from Apple, which promises to provide textbooks at $15 a pop. I can’t conceive that anyone can make money writing one at that price level, especially if the “book” is to have the software enhancements that everyone craves.

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Peonage for Textbook Authors

Posted on: February 21st, 2012 by Larry Gonick 2 Comments


Via Professor Mike Klymkowski, here’s “Afraid of Your Child’s Math Textbook? You Should Be,” a long, thoughtful piece by Salon blogger Annie Keeghan on the state of the textbook business. It’s not a pretty picture.

Keegan describes in detail the consolidation of the industry into a few huge publishers and the market forces that impel them to push sales and volume over accuracy and coherence. For writers it means a pay cut. For students, something even worse. This has to change.

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The future of the web

Posted on: February 11th, 2012 by Larry Gonick 1 Comment

Via Naked Capitalism comes this video. You never know. Could be true.

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Tiny Mammals

Posted on: February 9th, 2012 by Larry Gonick No Comments

I'm less competitive than you.

Meet the ancestors. They are very, very different from you and me.

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