The Best of The Next Point

  • Amazon (Kindle’s .mobi format).  For those who aren’t aware, there is a free Kindle app that enables you to read Kindle ebooks on Apple and Android devices (probably Windows, too);
  • iTunes (for Apple devices and iBooks);
  • Smashwords (.epub);
  • Barnes & Noble Nook Store (.epub).

I also intend to do a small print run, though how small will depend on the level of interest. Plenty of people who knew of this project as it progressed have expressed a desire to own a physical copy. If you’d like one, too, please let me know. Bear in mind that it will cost significantly more than ebook versions, to cover printing costs and shipping.

I’d like to thank all those who contributed their time, energy and expertise in preparing this volume, especially Alexandra. And as always my everlasting love and gratitude go to Kate, Sabine and Elias, who believes with all his heart that he and Novak Djokovic will one day be best friends.

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23 comments on this post.
  1. Lobber:

    Ah, so this is the mysterious project you’ve hinted at in the comments!

    And what a wonderful idea it is! I hope this print run you speak of comes true, as I’d be very interested in purchasing two physical copies. A good friend of mine is an avid tennis fan, but she’s also an extremely busy person and it’s always been a challenge for me to get her to read your blog. What better way to introduce her to your superb writing?

    Congratulations on having it finished! Physical copy or no, I’ll be sure to read it. It’ll be good to give something back after all these years you’ve given us.

  2. Jesse Pentecost:

    Ah yes, this is indeed the mysterious project. I think I promised it would be rather better than just another Annual. Hopefully that’s true.

    Two copies you say? I’ll add you to the list!

    And thank you very much.

  3. Eva:

    Ah… this is why we didn’t get any single line to enhance the many tennis highlights of the past week – Federer-Djokovic semi-final in Dubai, Grigor Dimitrov’s heroics to win Acapulco, the unexpected and heart-warming finalists in Sao Paulo… Well, I guess, it is as good an excuse as any.

    So, heartfelt congratulations… This is great news!!! A real book! And hopefully, it will get truly real to me with a printed version. I just can’t read a book online… An article is my limit… and nothing replaces the feeling of a book in one’s hands.

    I’d like to buy four copies. Two perfect presents for two of my friends… I’m not quite sure yet what will be the destination of the 4th copy but four feels a right number. My mother may be the beneficiary since she’ll wish to borrow my copy and I won’t suffer it to leave my care.

    I realize the shipping costs to Belgium will be huge and I’m fine with it. I also hope you won’t price the book too modestly – it is about time you get some financial rewards for your writing at The Next Point! Also if you’d like to be paid in advance, I’d be happy to do so – Paypal or credit card being the easiest way for money to cross the oceans.

    So we will learn all about Mikhail Youzhny winning this year’s US Open…. I wouldn’t mind! I’m just a bit surprised you have given up on Philipp Kohlschreiber… or do you pencil him for next year?

    Really really happy about your book and feeling a tiny measure of your own trepidation…. To a joyful celebration and great success!

  4. Jesse Pentecost:

    Yes, I watched both Dubai and Acapulco and intended to write about them, but alas, time got away from me. That Djokovic – Federer match was pretty good, certainly better than the scrappy final. And who’d have thought Dimitrov of all people would develop such mental fortitude. I admit I’m one to make fun of Rasheed’s simplistic and borderline kitsch worldview, but it seems to have been just what Dimitrov needed. The simple message cuts through, and to be simple enough it must be shorn of nuance.

    Four copies to Belgium? No worries at all. No need for advance payment. I still have to work all the details out, but have plenty of reasons not to dally.

  5. Shirley Hartt:

    Jesse, looking forward to getting a print version of you book. Kindle does not work for me here in Canada because it can’t be used with our library system. So it looks like a print copy is the best bet.

  6. Jesse Pentecost:

    No worries. I’ll add you to the list.

    Just so you know, the epub format is also readable on a PC (not that anyone really likes reading books on a PC).

  7. Marcia Fiani:

    Jesse, hi! So good to know about the book. For myself, as I am a lot of time at the computer, I struggle a bit reading e-books. But you can count me in for a paper edition. Tell me if we can make a sort of subscription… Cheers.

  8. Jesse Pentecost:

    I’ve got you down for a paper copy. I hope you enjoy it. Not sure what you mean about a subscription?

  9. Q:

    Jesse, congrats on the hard work! I will certainly buy the eBook version very soon – once I get my own writing done to some extent. Needless to say….but it’ll certainly be a joyous experience just revisiting matches I’ve seen or imagining those I haven’t through your writing.

  10. Jesse Pentecost:

    Thanks, really hope you enjoy it. It should be fun if nothing else.

  11. patzin:

    I enjoy your writing; being from the old school; give me paper please. Look forward to the paper edition at some point in the future.

  12. Jesse Pentecost:

    Thanks. I’ll put you down for a paper copy, and contact you when they’re ready for your details.

  13. Jelena Subotic:

    How great. Can’t wait to read it. Paper copy please, when available (shipping to the US). Well done you!

  14. Jesse Pentecost:

    Absolutely, Jelena. Consider it done. And thanks!

  15. yoyis pareyon:

    Congratulations!! I enjoy you’re writing immensely, so I’ll get the ebook version tomorrow, sending you good wishes from Mexico.

  16. Jesse Pentecost:

    Thanks very much. I hope you enjoy it.

  17. Shirley Hartt:

    Jesse, it looks like you have fans all over the world!

  18. Jesna:

    Yay, congratulations! I can see some of my fave posts there 🙂

  19. Jesse Pentecost:

    Really hope you enjoy it, Jesna. I’d love to know which are / were your favourites.

  20. Marc Nichol:

    Hey Jesse,

    Got your message about LinkdIn. I’d be happy to connect there but don’t think it’s really necessary as I rarely use it. Just signed up to do some research and never really followed through. I think I’ll follow you through Twitter, I see you there and I’m there a lot. Mostly about tennis, but some entertainment, news, and politics too.

    I see you have a new book out, congrats.

  21. Jesse Pentecost:

    Cheers. I admit I’m not really one for LinkedIn, so no worries.

  22. Soumen:

    Hi Jesse,
    Bought your book from Amazon on my Kindle and finished it pretty much in one go. One of the best sports writings, indeed any writings, that I have ever read. Enjoyed thoroughly.

  23. Jesse Pentecost:

    Thanks so much. That’s a lovely thing to hear, and I’m really glad you enjoyed it.

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