Speaking of free books

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Are there any plans to release Programming Ruby 2nd Edition as a free
ebook, akin to the 1st Edition, once the 3rd Edition hits the stores (or
some time after that)?

That’d be a great boon to me, since I have misplaced my dead-tree
edition. :confused:


Phillip G.
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Blog: http://justarubyist.blogspot.com

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On May 16, 2008, at 1:45 PM, Phillip G. wrote:

Are there any plans to release Programming Ruby 2nd Edition as a free
ebook, akin to the 1st Edition, once the 3rd Edition hits the stores
(or
some time after that)?

To be honest, I haven’t thought that far ahead.

I’m still waiting for Ruby 1.9 to settle down enough to even consider
freezing the current version. (For example, the next beta will include
the 'symbol is no longer going to be an immediate object (probably))
change.) There have been hundreds of new methods added to the built in
libraries, changes and then more changes to numeric division, etc
etc… Once the dust clears, we’ll think what our options are.

Dave

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Dave T. wrote:

| To be honest, I haven’t thought that far ahead.
|
| I’m still waiting for Ruby 1.9 to settle down enough to even consider
| freezing the current version. (For example, the next beta will include
| the 'symbol is no longer going to be an immediate object (probably))
| change.) There have been hundreds of new methods added to the built in
| libraries, changes and then more changes to numeric division, etc etc…
| Once the dust clears, we’ll think what our options are.

Yeah, I read your little rant on the changes to Ruby 1.9 on your blog.

As soon as the 3rd edition becomes available it’ll land in my shopping
cart/ Speaking of which: It’d be ‘best’ to buy the book via the
Pragmatic Bookshelf store to maximize your (as in: you, and the
Pragmatic Bookshelf’s) cut of the sale?

Oh well, I’ll just bide my time, and wait for the opportune moment to
nag you about it. :wink:

Thanks for the answer, Dave.


Phillip G.
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Blog: http://justarubyist.blogspot.com

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Rick DeNatale wrote:

|
| There are some advantages to you to buy directly from the Prags. For
| one, your purchase gets registered, something which they can’t do for
| books you purchased elsewhere. That convinced me to buy any further
| PragProg books directly.

That is a good point. Though I fail to see why I should register a book.
But that is probably a cultural difference between Germany and the US.
:slight_smile:

| Why not just go for the beta program now, you get the PDF version
| right away, updated as available, and the paper copy when that’s
| available as well. While I prefer to have a physical book, I also
| really like to have the pdf available on my laptop.

Because the beta program isn’t free, and I can’t afford to shell out
that kind of money, as much as I’d like to. :frowning:

I;m pretty much left to what I can find online and for free (and it is
tempting to grab a .torrent or so, but…). :confused:


Phillip G.
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On Fri, May 16, 2008 at 3:06 PM, Phillip G.
remove[email protected] wrote:

As soon as the 3rd edition becomes available it’ll land in my shopping
cart/ Speaking of which: It’d be ‘best’ to buy the book via the
Pragmatic Bookshelf store to maximize your (as in: you, and the
Pragmatic Bookshelf’s) cut of the sale?

There are some advantages to you to buy directly from the Prags. For
one, your purchase gets registered, something which they can’t do for
books you purchased elsewhere. That convinced me to buy any further
PragProg books directly.

Why not just go for the beta program now, you get the PDF version
right away, updated as available, and the paper copy when that’s
available as well. While I prefer to have a physical book, I also
really like to have the pdf available on my laptop.


Rick DeNatale

My blog on Ruby
http://talklikeaduck.denhaven2.com/

On Fri, May 16, 2008 at 6:39 PM, Phillip G.
[email protected] wrote:

That is a good point. Though I fail to see why I should register a book.
But that is probably a cultural difference between Germany and the US. :slight_smile:

In order to get notified of updates and errata. And if you have the
pdf versions they get refreshed occasionally even after release.

| Why not just go for the beta program now, you get the PDF version
| right away, updated as available, and the paper copy when that’s
| available as well. While I prefer to have a physical book, I also
| really like to have the pdf available on my laptop.

Because the beta program isn’t free, and I can’t afford to shell out
that kind of money, as much as I’d like to. :frowning:

No more than buying it when it comes out, and perhaps less if the
price goes up (I doubt it would be coming down).

And since your paying in Euros rather than Dollars, it’s even less.


Rick DeNatale

My blog on Ruby
http://talklikeaduck.denhaven2.com/

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Rick DeNatale wrote:

|
| In order to get notified of updates and errata. And if you have the
| pdf versions they get refreshed occasionally even after release.

Yeah, but I can do that manually, too. Though, automation is nice, I
agree.

| No more than buying it when it comes out, and perhaps less if the
| price goes up (I doubt it would be coming down).

Yeah, but I don’t have the money now and I might have it when the
book’s actually out.

| And since your paying in Euros rather than Dollars, it’s even less.

Still an issue of having the money or not. Though, this is absolutely
off topic by now. :wink:


Phillip G.
Twitter: twitter.com/cynicalryan
Blog: http://justarubyist.blogspot.com

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