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Ruby on Rails Tutorial Print Edition + Amazon reviews

Dec 6, 2016 • posted by Michael Hartl

I’ve got an exciting announcement and a big request (with a big offer) for you all.

First the announcement: The print edition of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial book is out! You can buy it now on Amazon.com.

This is great news for anyone who likes good old-fashioned hard copies of books—and for anyone who’s looking for a nice heavy present to put under the Christmas tree.

Ruby on Rails Tutorial print edition

The Rails Tutorial print edition has actually been out since last month, but I’ve been delaying the announcement because Amazon keeps running out of copies.

This is a good problem to have, of course, but it’s definitely an inconvenience when making announcements. And in fact they’re still running out—as of this writing there are only 5 copies left in stock!

But you can delay an announcement only so long, especially with the holiday season upon us.

There are more copies coming, though, so don’t worry—if you order now, you’ll get your copy ASAP.

Now for the request (with a big offer).

When a new book edition comes out, one unfortunate side-effect is that the number of Amazon reviews gets reset to 0. This means the nearly 200 reviews of the 3rd edition—including over 170 5-star reviews—are all gone!

In order to rebuild this review count, I’m hoping some of you will be able to help out by leaving new reviews for the 4th edition (Rails 5):

  1. Leave a review at the Rails Tutorial website.

  2. Leave the same review at Amazon to help rebuild the review count.

As a special bonus, if you leave your Rails Tutorial website review within the next week you’ll receive a free month in the Learn Enough Society (a $29 value). This membership gets you access to all the enhanced Learn Enough tutorials (including Command Line, Text Editor, Git, and HTML), plus streaming videos for the full Ruby on Rails Tutorial. Current Society members will get a free month added to their membership.

(Note that Step #1 is not necessary to get the free month in the Learn Enough Society, but completing Step #2 by leaving a review at Amazon is greatly appreciated.)

Thanks for all your support, and I hope you enjoy the new Ruby on Rails Tutorial print edition!

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Michael Hartl

I’m Michael Hartl—author, educator, and entrepreneur. I’m probably best known as the creator of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial, a book and screencast series that together constitute one of the leading introductions to web development. Once called his “favorite book” by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, the Ruby on Rails Tutorial currently has over 150 5-star reviews at Amazon. I’m also (in)famous for creating Tau Day and The Tau Manifesto, which have inspired an international movement dedicated to the proposition that “pi is wrong.” (For example, as a result of The Tau Manifesto, MIT releases their admissions decisions each year at “Tau Time” (6:28 p.m.), and typing tau/2 at Google yields 3.14159…) Finally, I’m a founder of Softcover, a publishing system and sales platform for technical authors, which among other things powers both The Tau Manifesto and the Ruby on Rails Tutorial.

I’m a graduate of Harvard College and have a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech, where I studied black hole dynamics and was an award-winning instructor in theoretical and computational physics. I’m also an alumnus of Y Combinator, the entrepreneur program that has produced companies such as Dropbox and Airbnb. (Alas, my own Y Combinator startup was neither Dropbox nor Airbnb.)