User Guide listed on Amazon


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by Jim Manley » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:33 am
Gareth Halfacree wrote:It is going to be made available in Kindle format. If you cast your eyes up-thread, you'll see that the book is being released in dead-tree, Kindle, ePub and PDF formats. It's just that Amazon only has a pre-order page for the dead-tree version at the moment - and that's something Amazon has done itself, it's nothing to do with the publisher.

In the coming weeks there'll also be a more tightly-focused 'how to get started' book comprising the first six chapters, dubbed Meet the Raspberry Pi. That one is eBook-only, and again will be launched in Kindle, ePub and PDF formats.

As for the launch dates, they're placeholders - the book will hopefully be out significantly in advance of the supposed October launch. Oh, and the typos (programmes instead of programs, as you highlight - which, by the way, isn't really a generational thing, but has been common parlance for decades) aren't mine - I don't actually know who wrote the synopsis on Amazon.


Well, that's what I get for reading the earlier posts a month ago and then not reviewing them in detail, relying on Amazon to make things clear as mud with their generic placeholder! Obviously, this is certainly due to some autobot's evil machinations - never trust an autobot farther than you can throw it ... which will have to be virtually, in this case, since Amazon doesn't seem to have a single human-answered phone number, much less a physical presence outside its sweatshop (literally, they get to over 110F) distribution centers :cry:

Will the ePub and PDF versions be encrypted, with each having a unique key? I've never had to deal with that since I generally just go with whatever the distributors use in their cross-platform apps. Is it possible to keep code sections unencrypted and copy-pastable so that students will be able to accurately use longer chunks in their programs? Or, will the examples be downloadable from a web site? I realize it's a good idea for students to type code in for the muscle memory effect, but, those of us who can already type at 200+ wpm would appreciate the shortcut (now everyone knows why my posts are 200,000+ words long :D ).

Heck, I could have written the Guide months ago, if I didn't waste so much time making these posts ... hmmm, I think your Guide needs a companion 3-D graphics volume ... hey, that's exactly what I've been writing code about the last couple of months - so, I've almost got my examples for that book done! Now all I have to do is explain how it all works ... geez, that's gonna be the hard part - and readers are gonna want it formatted with lots of helpful diagrams, photos, etc.? This author stuff is harder than it looks! :geek:

Thanks very much for the quick and informative reply and I hope this is a chart-topper - hundreds of thousands would equate to how many printings? We can only dream, right? ;)
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by Gareth Halfacree » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:40 am
Jim Manley wrote:Will the ePub and PDF versions be encrypted, with each having a unique key?
That I honestly don't know - I'll try to find out.
Jim Manley wrote:Is it possible to keep code sections unencrypted and copy-pastable so that students will be able to accurately use longer chunks in their programs? Or, will the examples be downloadable from a web site?
Again, I'm not sure what kind of DRM Wiley uses on its eBooks - but I do know that the code - along with some other supporting stuff - will be downloadable in full from a dedicated website.
Jim Manley wrote:Thanks very much for the quick and informative reply and I hope this is a chart-topper - hundreds of thousands would equate to how many printings? We can only dream, right? ;)
If it sells a few hundred thousand world-wide, I'll be a very happy bunny.

(Incidentally, I'm also going to be working on a second Raspberry Pi-themed book - but it's a secret, so shhhhhh.)
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by AndrewS » Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:01 pm
Gareth Halfacree wrote:(Incidentally, I'm also going to be working on a second Raspberry Pi-themed book - but it's a secret, so shhhhhh.)

RaspberrySpy ? :D
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by Jim Manley » Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:42 pm
If it sells hundreds of thousands of copies, the follow-on will be titled "How to Eat Pi and Become a Big Buck Bunny"! :lol:
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by Jongoleur » Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:14 am
Currently (1st July @ 9AM BST), the Raspberry Pi User Guide is ranking on Amazon at: #21 in all books and at #1 for books/computers and internet.

I suppose its being kept out of the top 20 mainly by "50 shades of mummy porn", its sequels and imitators...... :shock:
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by Gareth Halfacree » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:28 pm
Jongoleur wrote:I suppose its being kept out of the top 20 mainly by "50 shades of mummy porn", its sequels and imitators...... :shock:

It actually got as high as #14 overall on Saturday - beating all but one George R. R. Martin book and The Hunger Games (Now A Major Motion Picture) - although has since dropped to #35 overall. Given the company it's keeping, however, that's still an impressive place to be.
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by Gareth Halfacree » Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:16 am
UPDATE:
Work on the Raspberry Pi User Guide continues, with the publisher working to get it out of the door as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the cut-down version - Meet the Raspberry Pi - is now available to buy on Amazon. This contains a big chunk of the Raspberry Pi User Guide, covering all the basics and only skipping some of the add-on hardware and programming sections. Best of all, it's only £3.29 for Kindle, so fill your boots.

I'll post again as and when the ePub version becomes available.
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by liz » Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:26 pm
I've stuck the good news on the front page. Thanks Gareth! (I actually read your post here before I got to the mail from Wiley...) :)
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by Gert van Loo » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:22 pm
Gareth Halfacree wrote:....... only skipping some of the add-on hardware.....


But the add-on hardware is the most important part!!!! :(
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by RandomCoder » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:34 pm
I've had the book on pre-order for the last month and recently recieved an email to say that it is looking likely to be published ahead of schedule, excellent news :D

The main reason for my wanting the book was down to the mention of the GPIO, and some Python programming examples to get me started. Can't wait to have a book that I can follow, IMHO its far easier to learn from a book than it is a Wiki page, but maybe I'm just getting old-fashioned :?:

Keep up the good work!
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by liz » Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:44 pm
I totally agree - I *much* prefer a book for that sort of thing. (And a real one; I use my Kindle for pleasure, but a proper book's much easier to flick through, bend pages of, annotate and generally abuse than an e-book.)
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by ukscone » Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:22 am
liz wrote:.but a proper book's much easier to flick through, bend pages of, annotate and generally abuse than an e-book.)


but not for the lack of trying :) how was it your kindle screen got busted again? you claimed it was dropped but i suspect you tried to fold it back on itself
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by liz » Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:17 am
I was using the little cover light in bed. Turned it off, reached out to put it on the bedside table, missed. :|
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