I’m glad to announce that the print edition of my new book is now available.
BLACK FIVES: The Alpha Physical Culture Club’s Pioneering African American Basketball Team, 1904-1923 is a beautiful full-color 122-page high-quality softcover book that may be purchased through CreateSpace, an Amazon-owned company that is the leading resource for indie publishers like me.
It also will be available on Amazon.com within a few weeks.
This book is the first in a series about the history of the Black Fives Era. It sells for a suggested retail price of $24.99, and includes over 30 photographs, many of which have never been published in modern times.
Also included is a Foreword by world renowned D.J., sneaker aficionado, publisher, voice-over artist, television personality, record label owner, writer, radio host, M.C., author, and film director Bobbito García.
At the back of the book there is a Reader Discussion Guide with 26 questions intended to serve as a guide for members of book clubs and reading groups.
Best Way To Get Your Book Autographed:
I am pleasantly surprised and touched that so many people have expressed that they want to get a signed copy of my book. Thank you! I would like to make a suggestion. To get your book inscribed by the author, please first call or visit your favorite local bookstore and ask them if they could stock my book or host a book-signing event. Please send me an email or use the comment section below if have a specific shop in mind that you wish to recommend.
Book shops can purchase this title for their resale inventory by 1) checking the retail distribution catalog of the Ingram Book Company, 2) getting this title through CreateSpace Direct, which is a program they have specifically for retailers, or 3) contacting me directly for help regarding setting up wholesale prices.
Book Signings and Appearances:
April 13, 2012
This will be in connection with a panel discussion featuring author Ron Thomas and myself, as part of the college’s HOUSEsports Weekend Sponsored by ESPN. (It will be my first ever book signing!)
Readers may continue to get the e-book versions of this book, which are available for 99¢ at the websites of Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Amazon sells the Kindle Edition, which is readable on its Kindle devices and on Kindle apps. Barnes & Noble sells the Nook Edition, readable on its Nook devices.
At this time I am still waiting for Apple to complete its approval process, which would make the e-book available via iTunes to be read using the iBooks app. The only issue is that they apparently have a heavy backlog.
How To Get This Book For Free:
To get this book for free as an e-book, you must first join the BlackFives.com mailing list by using the signup box on the right. You will subsequently receive an email with easy instructions for how to download the e-book in one of several formats:
Kindle Edition (.mobi for Kindle devices and Kindle apps)
ePub Format (for Apple iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps such as Stanza, Adobe Digital Editions, etc.)
Brief Book Summary:
Formed in 1904, the Alpha Physical Culture Club of Harlem was America’s first African American athletic club. Its founders were Jamaican-born and hoped to address rampant lung disease among blacks living in New York City’s overcrowded tenements by providing proper exercise facilities they could use without bias. The club’s basketball team, known as the Alpha Big Five, became nationally famous during the 1910s while sticking faithfully to strict amateur values. But the times were changing. The Alphas’ version of pure sport for its own sake was threatened by new black fives with visions of play-for-pay, led by team owners like fellow Caribbean immigrant Robert Douglas, the man who was about to organize the New York (Harlem) Rens. Which ideal would prevail? The future of basketball was at stake.