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It's available on iBooks here.
If you're a Kindle sort of person, it's also available at Amazon.
If you don't care either way, go for the iBooks version. The book was built for iBooks and the formatting is slightly nicer there.
Update: it's now also available in ePub and PDF as a direct sale, for those of you in countries where the above options aren't available, and also print-on-demand for those of you who like paper. Details here.
(It will supposedly be available for Nook and Sony Reader as well, but isn't yet, and I'm not sure any of my readers have the requisite equipment anyway.)
I am considering making the ePub available for direct sale, for those who can't or don't want to buy from one of the above. If you're interested in that, please let me know, as I don't want to do it unless there's at least some demand.
For those wondering about the content, it is somewhat revised and cleaned up from my blog posts, but it's still the same basic content as what you'll find here. It contains every Friday Q&A post through August 2010. Buy it to have an offline reference, or to support the blog, or to show it to your friends, or any other reason like that. Just don't buy it to get more than what you can get on this site.
I'll be making a post sometime in the next few days about the whole process of self-publishing this ePub. Until then, enjoy, and thanks for reading!
I know being an author has been a long, not entirely happy road for you, but this is going to be an awesome resource for Mac and iOS developers and I'm really glad you found a way to publish it that worked for you.
Congrats on the new book!
Kelvin Kao: I figure, there are a lot of people doing great posts on easier topics, and there's not much need for another one. I'd rather do the hard stuff.
Your blog is a great source for learning about new topics. In addition to that, it has also served me well as reference material. When I encounter an issue I'm not familiar with, your blog has been one of my top places to search for a solution. I know that your articles will delve deep and help me understand the topic better. As a reference source, this new electronic book form is ideal. Thank you for your hard work.
I am also interested in buying the book, but not in a hurry though.
FYI - I can read the iBooks ePub file in the Adobe Digital Editions reader on my Mac fine (why you can't buy & read iBooks in iTunes is beyond me).
FYI #2 - searching for "Mike Ash" inthe iBooks store yields no results. Might be worth putting that in some keywords somewhere since I wouldn't have thought to search "Michael Ash" without seeing that was the author in Amazon. Call me stupid :) Except that there is no publisher involved I would guess it's a US publisher thing. A guy I know publishes here (Australia) as Matt, but in the US the publishers insist that the binding says Matthew!
Mark Aufflick: I didn't even know that Digital Editions reader existed, good to know. Regarding iTunes, if you share a link to a book from within iBooks, the URL it gives you actually tries to open iTunes on the Mac, which then falsely says that the item in question isn't available in the store! It's bizarre. I had to lightly modify the URL above to make it stop doing that.
Regarding the name, for some reason when it asked for the author name, I went all official-like and put in my full name. I'm not sure if I can change or add anything at this point, but I will check into it.
Congrats for this release!
The ePub isn't available in the Belgian Store neither but I'll definitely buy it when it's available as a directly downloadable/buyable ePub.
I'm really looking forward to your book.
I'd be interested in the direct-sale ePub. :)
Greets from Germany,
And if you update the Kindle version with a TOC, will the update be pushed by Amazon?
The content is great, of course. I just ran across is blog the other night, and was sold on the usefulness of the sample book chapters right away.
Following up in this comment thread because I didn't want anyone to get the impression that the kindle version didn't have a TOC at all. It does, just not a kindle menu link to it. (although I did think it was missing at first, based on the kindle menu text I quote above.)
The table of contents that you see when advancing past the cover is not a "real" table of contents as far as the book format knows. It's just additional book text that has hyperlinks to the various chapters. It serves the same function, but as far as the reader software knows, it's just more regular text.
The table of contents in the menu is special metadata included with the book. The iBooks version has this, but it must have been lost during the Kindle conversion. I will write to BookBaby to see if it can be fixed, as it really should have both. However, the TOC at the beginning should be a reasonable substitute, at least.
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