Linux Assembly Programming

( a story about a book that no one wants to publish )

During the fall of 1999 I've got an intention to write a book on Linux Assembly Programming. I was getting more and more questions on the topic from various people, and thought that it be would nice to write a book, which will be useful in educational processes, useful to embedded software engineers, Linux developers, former DOS assembly programmers, and assembly hackers in general. The book seemed to be unique. But..

I've contacted several publishers (including O'REILLY, Addison Wesley, Wiley & Sons, etc). All of them declined interest. Some of them decided that I am just crazy, others found the book interesting, but haven't found the real market for it. They say, assembly language programming is fast becoming a Lost Art, so the book would not sell.

Unfortunately I can't afford myself to work on this book on voluntary basis. Writing a *real* book takes a lot of effort (both technical and non-technical) and plenty of time (i.e. it isn't a lot of fun). If I had needed resources then I've already published the book on my own, because I KNOW that there's a real market for the book.

No way out? You can help! If you're a publisher, examine the proposal below. If you are a company/educational organization, request this book from some publisher. If you are just a hacker, shake your local publisher/bookstore for a book on Linux Assembly Programming. In one word, prove that there's market for this book! Possibly at some point we will have to collect pre-orders, so stay tuned.

Proposal for publishers | Table of Contents (PDF,RTF)