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Print edition of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial book

Sep 27, 2012 • posted by Michael Hartl

I'm pleased to announce that, after a temporary hiccup, the print edition of Ruby on Rails Tutorial: Learn Web Development with Rails (2nd Edition) is now available at Amazon.com. (A previous version of this post suggested buying from a different website, but it turned out that even my specially negotiated discount wasn't enough to compete with Amazon. Please accept my apologies for the discrepancy.)

Speaking of Amazon, I would greatly appreciate your taking the time to leave a review at Amazon.com, especially because there are (as of this writing) several obsolete one-star reviews dating from the broken first printing. A few good reviews to counterbalance those bad ones sure would be nice… Thanks!

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.)