The original plan was for the book to consist of 10 core chapters suitable for teaching memory from a more traditional viewpoint, to be followed by 10 chapters that reflect current hot topics in memory. As a response to reviewers' comments, these "hot topics" will now be incorporated into the main text as illustrations and examples.
A major feature of the book is the clear neuropsychological focus. Each chapter will begin with an illustrative case or disorder, which places the study of memory firmly in the real world, with a concrete example of the importance of memory function in everyday life. These cases and disorders themselves will illustrate how cognitive psychology now gathers converging evidence from brain degeneration (e.g. Alzheimer's disease and Semantic Dementia), genetic abnormalities (Williams syndrome, Downs syndrome), neuroimaging (e.g. PET activation in Aging) as well as the more traditional lesion studies. It is the authors' experience that teaching using such illustrative cases is both thought provoking and supportive.
The authors feel that most of the competition is unnecessarily long, and that they can keep to a shorter extent than the competition, whilst not compromising coverage. However, it is likely that the extent may increase by 30,000 words. It's notable that none of the reviewers highlighted a discrepancy between proposed length and comprehensiveness of coverage.
NB more research needs to be done on pricing policy in the US - I'd welcome the thoughts of the meeting.