Ben and I are in the midst of our final push to get the 9th edition of Complete Digital Photography out the door (the final cover is on the left). My office is littered with page proofs — each chapter gets read a minimum of eight times — and my ever-patient wife is wondering if we’ll ever get this darn book out, but we’re feeling confident overall.

Currently the book is about 420 pages in length, which we’re fairly happy about (we’re waiting on the final chapter layout to dial in the exact page count). We’re close enough that I’ve scheduled the indexer, which is one of the final milestones before releasing the book to the printer. We’re expecting to start taking preorders on December 10, with the book being on sale (from Amazon and other outlets) on December 18.

It looks like we will be able to keep the book in the $50-$55 range, which we think is pretty good, given how much it costs to print in full-color at the book size we’re using. (CDP 9 will be 8″ by 10″, which we think lends a nice photographic serendipity to the whole enterprise.) I know some people won’t be happy with the price, but looking at comparable books, we’re still on the lower side (I just bought an InDesign book that was over $60!).

If you’re new to the site and want to know more about the ninth edition, start with Ben’s video update from a month ago. (All of the CDP posts are available via this link.)

Download Chapter 9 free!

Ben and I signed off on Chapter 9 yesterday, and it’s now live available here on the website. Entitled “Finding and Composing a Photo,” it’s one of Ben’s meatiest chapters, and you can download it entirely free when you sign up for our low-volume mailing list — just use the form below and we’ll send you a link.