Greetings. We’d like to give you a sense of timing about the next release—the Release Preview version—of Charles Petzold’s Programming Windows, Sixth Edition eBook.
As we’ve announced and described previously (and it’s a good idea to review that page again for details about this offer), Microsoft Press is releasing three versions of the eBook for Programming Windows, Sixth Edition, including two pre-release editions that provide you crucial access to early content. Based on when you purchase (see the table below), you will receive the most recently published version of the eBook—plus any subsequent versions—at special promotional pricing.
The “Consumer Preview” eBook, based on Windows 8 Consumer Preview, was released on May 17, 2012, and it included 7 chapters (294 pages).
The “Release Preview” eBook, based on Windows 8 Release Preview, will update those 7 chapters and will include an additional 4–6 chapters.
This offer is available only through the book’s page at oreilly.com (our distributor’s website).
Pricing and Publication Schedule
Programming Windows, Sixth Edition eBook Version
Consumer Preview eBook
May 17–31, 2012
Consumer Preview eBook (same content as above, no updates)
June 1, 2012 until the release of the Release Preview eBook
Release Preview eBook
Approximately Summer 2012 (two weeks only, date to be announced)
Release Preview eBook (same content as above, no updates)
After the two-week $30 period and until release of the Final eBook, currently scheduled to be November 14, 2012
November 15, 2012 through life of edition
As you can see, when we release the Release Preview eBook, the price for the eBook will be $30 (if you have not already taken advantage of this offer by purchasing the Consumer Preview eBook). The price will remain $30 for two weeks only, at which point it will increase to $40 until we release the final eBook.
We are currently estimating that we will release the Release Preview eBook at some point during the first half of August. We will announce the release on this blog and also share the specific dates for the two-week $30 period.
All of you who have already taken advantage of this offer (or who do so before we release the Release Preview eBook), you'll be notified by O'Reilly that the Release Preview eBook has been added to the Your Products tab of your account. Easy.
By the way, the chapters in the Consumer Preview eBook are these:
Chapter 1 Markup and Code Chapter 2 XAML Syntax Chapter 3 Basic Event Handling Chapter 4 Presentation with Panels Chapter 5 Control Interaction Chapter 6 WinRT and MVVM Chapter 7 Building an Application
Chapter 1 Markup and Code
Chapter 2 XAML Syntax
Chapter 3 Basic Event Handling
Chapter 4 Presentation with Panels
Chapter 5 Control Interaction
Chapter 6 WinRT and MVVM
Chapter 7 Building an Application
The Release Preview eBook will include those chapters (updated) plus the following, as described by Charles on his blog:
Unfortunately, I was not able to get Chapter 10 ("The Two Templates"), Chapter 11 ("Collections"), and Chapter 12 ("Pages and Navigation") ready in time for the Release Preview. Instead, I concentrated on some later chapters that I thought might be more valuable to early Windows 8 programmers:
Total page count for the Release Preview eBook is about 570.
And the final eBook, which we expect to release in the fall, will include another 4–6 (or 8, knowing Charles!) chapters.
Thanks, everybody. We hope you’re enjoying the book.