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Sunday, June 16, 2013


Just a quick note to talk about pricing. The original, 1st Edition price has been dropped to $0.99 for the Kindle edition (Smashwords only has the latest edition). The hardcopy book's price hasn't changed.

The new, 2nd Edition book is $3.99 on Amazon but on Smashwords I have made a "set your own price". Yes, that means you can download it for free, just like the old version. However, I would hope that, if you find the book useful, you'll throw a few bucks my way. :) It's always nice to be able to buy my wife something without her knowing about it.

Also, I've said this before but I'll reiterate for clarification: I do not mind if you give copies away, set up a torrent file, make a download "vault", etc. Obviously, I would like you to link to my blog, but I'm not naive enough to think someone won't come up with a better way of sharing knowledge.

Let me know if you found my book helpful.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Now available on Amazon

Amazon finally posted my new edition to their web site. The funny thing is that I got an email from Amazon today asking me to confirm my book.

Basically, someone at Amazon apparently searches the Internet for previously published material that is incorporated into a book. Since this is a revised edition, and Python programming material is available on the 'net, my book naturally got flagged as a potential copyright violation.

Fortunately, I was able to explain the situation and Amazon relented and published it. So now everyone can get a copy of it from Amazon. I'm only posting the US link, as I figure other countries can figure out how to find it from there. Not to sound lazy, but with the number of countries Amazon is adding to their digital store, it's becoming difficult to track them all and ensure the store links are up to date.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Revised Edition is now available!

I have uploaded my ebook to SmashWords and you can get a free copy of the PDF through the link at left. I won't be uploading free copies of the various formats because, frankly, it is a pain in the butt converting them all and making sure they all work. Many of the poor reviews I've received with the first edition are due to formatting problems between the various versions and I don't want to deal with that again.

As soon as the revised edition is approved by Amazon, I will post a link to it as well, though I suspect most people find it directly through Amazon. I am going to reduce the price of the first edition; I'm curious to see how much the price affects sales, if any.

However, I'm still offering the book to the world at large for free, so don't feel guilty that you're "pirating" it by uploading your copy to the Internet or making a torrent file. Naturally, I would prefer that you make a donation or purchase a copy if you find the book useful, but it's more important to me that people find the book helpful. That means they need to be able to find it by any means possible.

So, share and enjoy!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Newest version coming soon

I have finished making the changes to the newest version of my book and am working on converting it to various electronic formats. At mentioned before, I will not be posting all the different file formats on this blog; it's difficult to ensure I have all the latest versions updated whenever I make changes. I will only post the PDF version and provide a link to SmashWords if you want to download the book in a format of your choice, e.g. Nook.

I will upload a .mobi version to the Amazon site as well. I will keep the original version on there but I plan on dropping the price of it. However, I will not be making a new print version of the latest edition; there simply aren't enough sales of the physical book to make it worthwhile to deal with the process.

I plan on posting the links to the latest version this weekend, if all goes well.