With the recent additions by Dr. Bob the list of Delphi books on Lulu.com is really starting to grow. Although only about a dozen titles at the moment, I'm sure - or at least hope, that a number of additional titles are being worked on and will be added soon. One specific title that I'm anxiously waiting to have a look at is the Delphi 2007 Handbook by Marco Cantù.
This growth of available titles, to my way of thinking, just has to be a good sign. I see it as the authors making a significant effort in support of the Delphi community by making material available to the public .... they also get to make a bit of cash that they probably would have otherwise missed out on. IMHO, the more that get in there, update their material and make it available to the people who need/want it the better.
The Delphi Books by CodeGear ...
Remember the hefty "little bundle" of material that came in the box with older versions of Delphi? It sure would be nice to see that stuff, up to date and in the hands of the people who [although the help really is coming along] really need it.
Dust Off All That Old Stuff ...
Even get started on something new ... it's time to get it published. Even if you don't want anything for your effort, get it out there - I'll pay to get it printed out and shipped to me. There are so many things that I've already downloaded, printed out on 8.5" x 11" pages [double sided] and stuffed into binders and "Duo-Tangs" that, I would have much preferred to have been able to get in book format.
Julian Bucknall author of The Tomes of Delphi: Algorithms and Data Structures has taken the time to blog about his experience publishing on Lulu.
If You Wouldn't Mind ...
I really don't know how complex an issue it actually is, but I would really recommend that all authors split their books up by target ... Win32/.Net. Even [where it makes sense] if this means breaking a single book up into three individual books with some common material in all;
- Delphi FooBar for Win32 [200 pages at: $29.95]
- Delphi FooBar for .Net [220 pages at: $29.95]
- Delphi FooBar for Win32 and .Net [347 pages at: $49.95]
I think this is one of the really cool features of Lulu - nothing is actually printed until you order. Authors have these options now ... publish as many variations of your material that you like.
I'll still continue to vote with my credit card ... I look at a book, see that it contains material that I want [Win32] and some that I don't [.Net] -but- have no idea of the ratio. Is it 30, 40 or 60% wasted paper to me? Usually under these circumstances I pass on the purchase and continue to look around for something more specific to my needs, which is too bad really - we both lose. One of the reasons that the Delphi 2007 Handbook by Marco Cantù is so attractive to me, is that it is specifically targeted [or at least advertised to be] at Win32.
I'll be looking for your books/manuals on Lulu ... thanks for stopping by,