From painstakingly handwritten manuscripts with a feather quill and inkwell to the printing press, and from hand stitched bindings to mass produced paperbacks, the way we produce and consume the written word has changed quite a bit over time.
In recent years we’ve seen the onset of audio books and ebooks (because who has time to read, amirite?), and with the upcoming release of Chris Moorman’s, Moorman’s Book of Poker, in a video format, we may be witnessing the next iteration of books… which admittedly, will only be useful for certain genres such as a poker strategy book.
Overview of Moorman’s Book of Poker
Moorman’s Book of Poker could best be described as a one-on-one training session between Moorman and the book’s coauthor Byron Jacobs, as Jacobs describes hands he has played followed by critiques from Moorman. In style it’s similar to the Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time series.
Without turning this into an all-out review of the book, Moorman’s Book of Poker is a really good and worthwhile read, and will be a real eye-opener for a lot of players. What makes it so powerful is Moorman sees things most poker players never even consider when they are working through difficult decisions. There is very little “do this” in Moorman’s analysis; it’s more a matter of “why would you do this,” and “have you considered doing this instead.”
There’s a reason he’s hands down the best online tournament player of all-time, and if you read (or watch) Moorman’s Book of Poker you’ll definitely learn a thing or two.
As I said, I’m not going to use this column to review the book, as I want to focus on the new video product. If you’re interested in reading a more in-depth review of the book, I reviewed the paperback version of Moorman’s Book of Poker when it was first released just over a year ago. You can also read Chad Holloway’s excellent review of the book at PokerNews.
How the video version of the book works
If you purchase the video version of the book you’ll receive eight separate videos (each video features 10 of the book’s 80 hands and is roughly an hour in length) with a total viewing time of 8 hours and 17 minutes.
At the start of each hand you’ll be greeted by the dulcet voice of the book’s coauthor, Byron Jacobs, a D&B author and editor. Once Jacobs begins speaking you have what amounts to a mishmash of an audio book (Jacobs simply reads through the book’s text) and an online training video, as the hand plays out via a PokerTracker hand replayer in sync with Jacobs reading of the text.
To avoid confusion, when Jacobs is reading his sections of the text you’ll see a picture of him in the upper left corner of the screen. And when Jacobs is relaying Moorman’s comments and critiques a picture of the 25-time PocketFives.com Triple Crown winner with nearly $13 million in online tournament winnings appears in the upper left corner.
Buy the book or the videos?
The decision to purchase the traditional book version of Moorman’s Book of Poker or choose the video version is a decision each person will have to make. Both are equally good, and relay the same information.
If you have difficulty slogging through a poker book than the videos would be a good fit. Conversely, if your mind wanders while watching poker training videos the paperback or Kindle version of the book would be a better match.
One factor to consider is price.
The paperback version of Moorman’s Book of Poker can be had for $27.60 on Amazon.com, with the Kindle version costing $14.72.
The video version is a bit pricier at $45 (there is currently a 15% discount available if you’ve already purchased the print version, bringing the price down to $38.25) but much easier to watch and re-watch. You can also get a free 25 minute preview video to see if the video version of the book is something that interests you.
This is speculation on my part, but I’d imagine a print and video bundle will available down the road.