For the past three years or so, I've been trying to write a chemistry textbook in my spare time.
Well...some of my spare time.
And now, finally, I'm proud to say that I'm...more than halfway done.
Chemistry: A Novel (Textbook) was originally meant to be a single book covering both semesters of General Chemistry, but once the figures were added and the book was formatted to 6 x 9, it ended up being close to 800 pages. So I decide to split it into two volumes, one for each semester, to make it a bit friendlier.
Volume 1 was published last month and finally made it to Amazon last week. At $24.99, it ended up being about where I wanted it to be price-wise, and for the curious, I get about a dollar of that. You can also buy it direct from the publisher at a discount, though it's pretty much a wash since they don't offer free shipping. And I know I'm a penny short from free shipping on Amazon. Sorry.
The first thing you'll notice if you flip through the Amazon preview is that it doesn't look like a traditional textbook. That's part of the "novel" approach I'm trying to take here. I also formatted it to look and feel like a "normal" book, which (hopefully) helps it's readability.
The title actually started out as a joke, but since that's covered in the introduction I won't bother repeating it here. And, yes, all the molecules on the cover are very well known. You win a no-prize if you get them all.
I'm doing the final edits to Volume 2 and hope to have it ready by early fall. After that, I'll try and figure out the logistics of doing the eBook version.