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Update on the Rails Tutorial print edition

Oct 8, 2012 • posted by Michael Hartl


This is a quick update on the print edition of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial, 2nd Edition. I've been notified by several readers that, despite the discount I negotiated at a non-Amazon retailer, in fact the print edition of the book is cheapest at Amazon. Having spent a week trying and failing to negotiate a bigger discount, I've decided that sending people to Amazon is best. (Please accept my apologies if you bought a copy at the (slightly) higher price; send me an email and I'll do my best to make it up to you.)

This change in retailer also affords us an opportunity, as the book's star rating at Amazon is currently being dragged down by several obsolete one-star reviews dating from the book's blown first printing. Now that the corrected second printing is out, I would deeply appreciate it if you could leave a review at Amazon.com to help counterbalance these outdated bad reviews. (Of course, maybe you think the book deserves its one-star ratings, in which case—ouch.)

Finally, I'd like to note that the Rails Tutorial ebook bundle includes a MOBI format for Kindle. I've had reports that the formatting is nicer than the "official" version at Amazon, and my version comes with free updates and bugfixes, so I recommend buying directly from railstutorial.org.

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.)