Don Jones and I are often asked about our Month of Lunches books and when we are going to update them. This question seems to pop up more frequently now that Windows 10 is released to the wild and more of you are seeing PowerShell 5.0 for the first time. The short answer is no updates are planned. Here’s why.
If you are just getting started with PowerShell, which is the target audience for the set of books, the fundamentals haven’t really changed since PowerShell 3.0. In fact some fundamentals are unchanged since v2. Yes, there are a few new features in v5, but they are not features essential to you learning PowerShell. In fact once you understand the essential features, learning those new features on your own isn’t that difficult.
I realize potential buyers might look at the book and consider it “out-dated” but it isn’t. We developed these books to have a long shelf-life precisely because PowerShell fundamentals don’t change based on a version number. Sure, this might change at some point but so far we haven’t seen anything new in PowerShell that warrants revising the books for a beginning user.
Don and I have heard from many of you on how much you enjoy the books and how learning PowerShell has changed your career for the better. That is very humbling and I truly appreciate your support and trust. We hope you’ll continue to recommend these books to your friend and colleagues.
I just received the royalty statement for Q4 2013 on the PowerShell Deep Dives book. While I appreciate every sale, I know the community can do better. In case you didn’t know, this book is a compilation of PowerShell nuggets you won’t find anywhere else. Chapters were contributed by MVPs, leaders in the PowerShell community as well as Microsoft specialists. Nobody received any financial compensation for this project. All proceeds go to Save the Children. For Q4 2013 they received a check for $1,848.
Net sales for Q4 were 257 copies. Since I’ve never returned a purchased book I have no idea why there are any returns. Since publication we’ve sold 1733 copies. I have to believe there are more than 1700 people in the PowerShell community who would enjoy this book. Perhaps they simply don’t know about it.
If you don’t have your own copy you can get it from Amazon or Manning. If you are after a digital copy, you will need to get those from Manning. And if you already own a copy, please consider leaving a review on Amazon and encourage your friends and colleagues to get their own copies. They will pick up some great PowerShell knowledge and make the world a better place.
Last year I had the pleasure of editing PowerShell Deep Dives, published by Manning. This book is a community project with chapters contributed from MVPs and leading members of the PowerShell community. You won’t find this content anywhere else.
Anyway, I have the first royalty report from Q3 2013. Looks like we sold a little under 1500 copies. The important thing, in case you missed the original news about this project, is that all proceeds are given to charity. For this book, Save the Children received a check for $3,338.30. That’s nice but I know we can do better.
So if you’ve put off getting a copy, what are you waiting for? If you have a copy, thank you. Now spread the word and tell your colleagues to buy a copy. You can get the title in print or ebook formats. You can also buy the book from Amazon. In fact, if you’ve read the book a posted review would also help. The more reviews the attention the book can get which should lead to more sales and continued charitable contributions.
Thank you again to all of the authors and editors on this project and to those of you who have a copy on your shelf. I hope you found a few things that made it worth your investment. For the rest of you, well, you know what you need to do.