On 12/15/05, Hal Fulton <hal9000 / hypermetrics.com> wrote:
> Greg Donald wrote:
> > On 12/15/05, GJB <gjblomquist / hotmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >>If it's available in early access,
> >>I'll buy that too!
> >
> >
> > Is that the plan?  Seemed to work well for the Rails book.  I'd
> > definitely buy a beta copy in PDF form (now) for a hard copy final
> > edition later.
>
> I don't think the publisher has any plan of such. In fact,
> they might hate the very idea. But I will mention it.

I'm sure you know all of this, but just the same...

You should point them to the success of AWDWROR [1].  It certainly is
a new/controversial idea, but it seems to be win/win.

Publishers:
They get cash in early, followed by errata submissions before going to
press, so they're final product has a higher quality.  They also get
to market a product at 3 levels, the PDF buyer who can't afford the
book, the average book buyer, and those of us who want both.

Readers:
They get a chance to read it before it goes to press (and many of them
can't afford to wait).  When they finally get their print copy, it's
far more likely to be error free.  On top of that, they get the same
buying options mentioned above -- which gives them the chance to have
a book they can read at the beach, and/or a PDF they can quickly
search while coding.

I know the PragProg guys say there's no such thing as a 'magic bullet'
for programming, but they sure seem to have found one for publishing.

[1] http://www.loudthinking.com/arc/000487.html


> Hal
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Bill Guindon (aka aGorilla)