To install Internet Explorer 9, you need to be running Windows Vista or Windows 7. Once you download and install Internet Explorer 9, go back and click in the 'Exclusive Gift' email from Hotmail. You'll have exclusive access to Webmind, which includes Wake and Watch.
Limited time only--available until April 10, 2011 - 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time or 100,000th download of Webmind eBook, whichever comes first. One per person. Canadian residents only. To install Internet Explorer 9, you need to be running Windows Vista or Windows 7. Webmind eBook package consists of 2 eBooks, Watch and Wake, with an introduction by author Robert J. Sawyer, in ePub format and downloadable from Penguin Group (Canada) using Adobe Digital Editions software--a free download. Subject to Penguin Group (Canada)'s Webmind eBook Download Terms & Conditions located here.
If you download IE9 during this promotion, you can get an exclusive ebook containing my novels Wake and Watch, the first two volumes of my "WWW" trilogy, about the future of the World Wide Web. But, without giving anything away—no spoilers, I promise!—I want to talk about an idea I put forward near the end of the third and final book in the trilogy, Wonder.
Everyone knows that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, but I'm always surprised that so few people know the name of Tim Berners-Lee, who invented something even greater. Maybe he should have gone with his first impulse and called his brainchild The Information Mesh—or TIM, for short. That way, at least his first name would be widely known. Instead, as Douglas Adams, author of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, famously noted, Berners-Lee gave his creation a name whose short form—WWW—ridiculously has three times as many syllables in it as does its long form: World Wide Web.
Despite foisting that WWW mouthful on us, in Wonder I suggest that Sir Tim should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his invention. Nothing in history—not even the telephone—has done so much for bringing people together, for letting them collaborate no matter where they are, and for allowing them to share their thoughts and creativity with the rest of humanity.
As it happens, the World Wide Web turns 21 this year: its childhood has ended. But the best is doubtless yet to come: as you probe all the Web's marvels with Internet Explorer 9, you'll be part of the next phase of the Web's development, and I hope my books give you a little foretaste of what that wondrous future may hold for all of us.
—Robert J. Sawyer