The chapter on DRM was fun to write; it’s a short one, since there isn’t much useful advice I can give beyond “Avoid it!” The tales of the Sony rootkit and the disappearance of 1984 into the Kindle memory hole will be included, and I’ll quote Amazon’s legalese that says you don’t own what you’ve “bought.”

Now I’m revisiting the draft of the hardest chapter for me, the one on physical media. Hardware isn’t my specialty, so I’m doing extra research. The questions here are extra tricky: Is Blu-Ray more durable than DVD? What will happen to a memory stick that you leave untouched for a couple of years? The newer a technology is, the better it might be, but the less of a track record it has.

Spreading the word is the key to making the book happen. If each of you can find one place where you can appropriately point out this campaign, we’ll have the base of support that’s needed.

If you know any professors teaching computer courses, call their attention to the bargain price at which they can get a bulk license for their students: a $100 pledge will let them distribute the book to 50 students — just $2 a book! If the drive comes through, Files that Last will be out in plenty of time for the fall term. If not, it doesn’t cost them anything.