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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thanks to everyone

Just wanted to say "Thank you" to everyone who has bought a copy of my book. It's only been available for purchase of two months but I've already sold 16 dead tree copies and 47 electronic books. I don't know how many free copies have been downloaded, since I'm not using a shopping cart system or anything like that.

I'm not making a lot of money with it, but that's fine. My goal is to spread knowledge and give back to the FOSS community. Of course, I won't say no to receiving royalties though. :)

Once again, thanks for your appreciation of my work. Let me know what you would like to see in the next edition.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The next version

Don't worry, I'm not going to put out another version so soon after making this one available. However, I would like some input from readers on what they would like to see in the next version, whenever I get ready to write it.

I've been thinking about adding a section about web programming, using either Django (which I haven't used yet, so it would be a good reason to learn) or Karrigell (which is a great web framework that is very easy to use). I think more expansion of GUI programming would be helpful as well, such as including screen shots and more discussion of GUI libraries.

I also don't know if rewriting the book to focus on Python 3.x would be good. It would relegate Python 2.x to a single chapter, much like the reverse of the book as it is now. People who are just starting in Python will most likely be using Python 3, but the installed Python version of *nix systems is usually an older version. Also, there is a lot of code in the wild that doesn't work with newer versions.

If you have an opinion about what to include, remove, or otherwise change in the next book version, please let me know.

An apology

I just wanted to let people know that I apologize for the formatting of the digital book files. I realize that the code sections look pretty horrendous in terms of spacing and can be hard to read. But hopefully the information is still usable to you.

Remember, you can always download the source code files themselves to see the code sections. There is always the PDF version, or the print copy of the book as well.

Monday, November 7, 2011

The book is published and available

I have finally published this book. You may find the links to the official versions (paperback and Kindle edition) on the left. However, the original, free versions will still be available on this site as well.

Monday, October 17, 2011

2nd Edition torrent available

I have created a torrent file for my new book, for those who prefer that method. The link can be found in the navbar on the side or you can peruse The Pirate Bay and Demonoid for the torrent file as well.

Additionally, I have received a proof of the hard copy book today. After reviewing it and making whatever changes are needed, I will make it available for purchase via Amazon and other book dealers. Notification will be made here.

Monday, October 10, 2011

One step closer to a physical book

I have uploaded the files for my book to a publishing company. A proof is on order. Assuming there are no changes that need to be made, a hard copy version of my book will be available around the end of the year. I will post when it is available, as well as providing the link. This will be beneficial to those readers who prefer to hold a book in their hands rather than trying to read on a computer screen.

An official Kindle version should also be coming out around the same time. Though you can currently download a Kindle (or other ebook-ready) version now, the official version should take care of any formatting problems you may have encountered. (I used Calibre to make the conversion, so I can't vouch for the reproduction accuracy).

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Revised edition (again)

Based on reader feedback, I have reformatted the book to ensure the code blocks don't scroll off the edge of the screen. I have made new PDF, MOBI, EPUB, and HTML files, which can be found to the left. I have also uploaded the source code files for the code examples in the book.

Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New version available

I'm still working on getting a hardcopy version of my book available via Amazon. Self-publishing is more complicated than expected; the legalese of the printing company makes me peruse their offerings carefully to ensure I am not giving up any important rights.

So, you can download the newest version of my Python programming book using the links on the left. I will provide a torrent file for those who prefer that method and PDF and HTML files as well. As soon as I get a chance, I intend to make an ebook-ready version, once I figure out the best format to use.

Let me know what you think and if you find any problems, typos, etc. that need to be corrected.

Friday, April 29, 2011

New version coming soon!

I'm nearly done with revision 4 of this book. I will be posting the PDF and HTML version on this site, as usual. However, I am also going to publish it on Amazon in both dead tree and Kindle formats. If possible, I will make other ebook formats, but I'll see how that goes.

Pricing for the physical and Kindle versions hasn't been decided yet, but you'll probably be able to buy it just by saving your pocket change for a week or two.