|| ||Keir Thomas <keir.thomas-AT-gmail.com>|
|| ||Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference|
|| ||Tue, 27 Jan 2009 10:36:59 +0000|
My name is Keir Thomas and I'm the author of several Ubuntu books,
including my latest title which went on sale yesterday: Ubuntu Pocket
Guide and Reference.
This is sold through Amazon.com for $9.94 like any other book, but I'm
also offering the PDF edition entirely free-of-charge through the
book's website: http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com. Giving away the PDF
edition of a commercial book by an award-winning and best-selling
author is already raising eyebrows in the community. So far the book
has been downloaded over 50,000 times, even though the site only went
live yesterday (thank God for Amazon S3!).
Anyway, the press release is below. It would be great if you could
mention this on your site, which I've been a reader of for quite some
UBUNTU POCKET GUIDE AND REFERENCE: NOW AVAILABLE
Available immediately, Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference (ISBN:
978-1440478291) is a uniquely compact guide to the world's favorite
Written by award-winning Ubuntu author Keir Thomas, the book is
available from Amazon.com for $9.94 (USD) and, in a ground-breaking
move, as a free-of-charge PDF Edition that can be downloaded from
At 5.25 x 8 inches and 166 pages, Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is
compact yet comprehensive. It covers all everyday aspects of Ubuntu
and was written from the ground-up for Ubuntu 8.10 and also the
earlier 8.04 long-term support release.
Readers learn about the installation of Ubuntu, configuration of
common hardware, getting to grips with the desktop (including
customisation), navigating the file system, working at the
command-line, administering software, and enhancing system security.
"This is a totally unique book," comments Thomas. "It's free of filler
material, yet provides everything an Ubuntu user needs to know. It was
a lot of fun trying to fit everything in!"
At just $9.94 (USD), the book is the most inexpensive commercial guide
to Ubuntu by some margin. The PDF Edition costs even less -- $0.00 --
as it is available as a free-of-charge download from
http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com. Readers are encouraged to share the
eBook version with friends and even upload it to file sharing
"If just one person converts to Ubuntu because of my book, I'll be
happy," continues Thomas. "It's great to be able to offer something
that the community might find useful."
The book was reviewed by Matthew Helmke and Ryan Troy, administrators
at http://ubuntuforums.org, the premier Ubuntu community site, and
John Southern, long-time Free Software activist and former editor of
the European Linux Magazine.
For more information, visit the book's official website:
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reviews are encouraged using the PDF Edition of the book, which can be
freely downloaded at the book's website. For a review copy of the
print edition, contact email@example.com, providing a delivery
address. Please state the publication or website you write for.
Biographical details: Keir Thomas is one of the world's most prolific
authors writing about Ubuntu Linux. In 2006 he wrote Beginning Ubuntu
Linux (Apress, ISBN: 978-1590599914), the first English-language book
to cover Ubuntu. A consistent best-seller, it won a Linux Journal
award and is now in its third edition. Thomas is also the author of
Ubuntu Kung Fu (Pragmatic Programmers, 978-1934356227), the #1
best-seller in the Amazon.com Linux category that contains over 300
tips, tricks, hints, and hacks for Ubuntu users of all levels. He is
also the author of Beginning SUSE Linux (Apress, 978-1590596746), and,
with Shashank Sharma, Beginning Fedora (Apress, 978-1590598559).
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