You can now buy Windows 8.1 Field Guide from the Amazon Kindle e-book store. This is the new 1.0 version of the book, which has received a few minor updates, mostly with regards to spelling and grammar mistakes.
If you have been waiting for that version for some reason, please read this post first. But if you already paid for the book here, there's no reason for you to buy the Kindle version.
Here's what's happening.
After a disappointing experience with Book Baby—which I used to publish Windows Phone 8 Field Guide to Amazon, Nook, and several other e-book platforms—I realized we'd need a different approach for this book. The problem is that Book Baby makes it impossible (or at least next to impossible) to update the book once it's published. This is contrary to one of the core goals of this enterprise. And I just can't agree to that.
So I decided to just publish directly to Amazon Kindle myself, using Kindle Direct Publishing. This comes with its own issues, of course. Some of which are worth noting:
Price. Because of the way the royalty breaks down, we had to price the book at $4.99 in order to make about the same per copy (less than $2) that we do here.
Updates. I can update the book through KDP. But it's not clear how often or whether there will be issues. If there are issues, remember that the version of the book on this site is always the most up-to-date, and we will give any Kindle purchasers free access to the download here. Also, since this was taking far too long, I've removed the in-progress "thanks" section and will add that in a coming update, both on Kindle and here.
Format. This is something I would really like readers/potential readers to understand: There is no inherent advantage to buying the book from Kindle (or whatever) beyond the convenience of Whispersync (which, by the way, Rafael and I pay for: That's why a $5 book nets us less than $2). In fact, the file you get from Amazon is no different from the one you get from us. It's not "better" or whatever. It's just stuck inside Amazon's ecosystem, is harder to update, and is more expensive.
Given all this, I'd much rather that people bought the book from us directly. I won't artificially hamstring the Kindle (or Nook, or whatever) version. But the one you get from us can be updated all the time, easily. You can pay what you want. You can give us feedback directly. Etc.
If you do want to buy the book directly from Amazon Kindle, however, you can do so now.
A few other related notes:
Print book. I can make printed copies of the book through an Amazon service called CreateSpace. However, I have to order books up front, so I'm curious if there is any demand for such a thing. Note that the printed book will have to be black and white, since CreateSpace limits full color books to 480 pages. Let me know
Nook. I'll work on Nook next. That will be probably be it if we just continue going the direct publishing route. But then, that's probably all the most people care about.
Versioning. Far too many people were confused over the 1.0 naming stuff, so this version (which would have really been version 0.93) was artificially bumped up to 1.0. So the next update will be 1.01 or similar, and I'll keep the versioning going from there.
OK, that's it for now.
Remember, you can download the latest version of the book from the download page you have hopefully already bookmarked. If you haven't yet paid for the book, please get a copy of the book today. If you've lost your download link, please contact Paul or Rafael via email.
Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.0 – 581 pages