Xbox Music Field Guide 0.92

Here's another small update to Xbox Music Field Guide. This one doesn't have any new content per se, but I've removed references to the free streaming feature of Xbox Music since Microsoft is discontinuing it.

As with previous updates, incomplete sections are marked with "*****" so you can see what's left. There are fewer of those now. :)

More soon.

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.07 – Available to paying customers from the download page

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.6 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDF, MOBI and ePub formats

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.06

This update to Surface Pro 3 Field Guide completes the chapter about microSD storage expansion.

More soon.

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.07 – Available to paying customers from the download page

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Xbox Music Field Guide 0.92 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI, and ePub formats

Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.07

Here's a minor update to Windows 8.1 Field Guide that corrects a formatting mistake.

In earlier versions of the books, I used all-caps chapter names (INSTALL instead of Install) because I had used the same document template as with the Windows Phone 8 book. (And I had used all caps there because that's how application names are formatted in Windows Phone.) This never made sense for Windows, so I removed the all-caps chapter names some time ago. But I never fixed the references to those chapters, which still had all-caps names. So that's fixed.

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Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.05 (pre-release) in PDF, MOBI and ePub  formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Xbox Music Field Guide 0.92 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI, and ePub formats

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.05

Here is a 5th update to Surface Pro 3 Field Guide which includes most of a chapter about microSD storage expansion.

I also started renumbering the book version to more accurately reflect where we're at. So this version is 0.05 instead of 0.5. I won't need 100 versions to get to 1.0. But I'll need more than 10.

As noted previously, this book is a companion guide of sorts to Windows 8.1 Field Guide. Everyone who buys Surface Pro 3 Field Guide (whenever that option becomes available) will get Windows 8.1 Field Guide for free. The reverse is not true, however. And the coming Windows 10 Field Guide will also be a separately paid title.

You can't buy it yet, however. For now, I'll just some initial updates publicly so you can see how it's developing.

More soon.

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.06 – Available to paying customers from the download page

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Xbox Music Field Guide 0.92 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI, and ePub formats

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.4

Here is a long-overdue fourth pre-release version of Surface Pro 3 Field Guide. I will be moving more quickly on this title now.

This update adds a section on the kickstand with a few placeholder photos that will be replaced with more professional images later. Given the basic nature of this book, I wanted to see what a simple section of tasks might look like, so this is a good representation, I think: Your basic task list with some advice from the author(s).

As noted previously, this book is a companion guide of sorts to Windows 8.1 Field Guide. Everyone who buys Surface Pro 3 Field Guide (whenever that option becomes available) will get Windows 8.1 Field Guide for free. The reverse is not true, however. And the coming Windows 10 Field Guide will also be a separately paid title.

You can't buy it yet, however. For now, I'll just some initial updates publicly so you can see how it's developing.

More soon.

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.06 – Available to paying customers from the download page

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Xbox Music Field Guide 0.92 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI, and ePub formats

Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.06

This update to Windows 8.1 Field Guide accommodates Microsoft's recent rebranding of its Bing contents apps to MSN. So the Bing Apps chapter has been renamed to Bing Apps + Maps and has been thoroughly updated with new content and screenshots.

I've also adjusted the chapter heading to have half as much empty space before the heading as before. I've gotten a few complaints from people on smaller e-reader devices like the Kindle Paperwhite about that whitespace, so let me know if this is acceptable. Here's a before (left) and after (right) view:

Chapter headings before (left) and after (right)

The manuscript for Windows 8.1. Field Guide will of course be used as the basis for Windows 10 Field Guide, so I will be going over the rest of the book as I did for the Bing Apps chapter to make sure everything is up to date before making the switch. But that will be a few months from now, since I need to finish up Xbox Music Field Guide, Surface Pro 3 Field Guide and Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide first.

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.06 – 588 pages

Download the latest versions of the other field guides

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.3 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDF, MOBI and ePub formats

Xbox Music Field Guide 0.92 (pre-release) in PDF, MOBI, and ePub formats

Coming in 2015: Windows 10 Field Guide(s)

Obviously we'll need separate field guides for Windows 10 on tablets/PCs and Windows 10 on phones. Both will be updates to the current Windows and Windows Phone books, of course. But the Windows book will need to be further updated to accommodate both Windows 7 and Windows 8 upgraders.

But first. Finish Xbox Music Field Guide, Surface Pro 3 Field Guide, and Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide. And I've got an update coming soon for Windows 8.1 Field Guide that addresses the newly renamed MSN (formerly Bing) content apps. I will have another small Xbox Music Guide update first. (Tonight/tomorrow.)

No rest for the wicked.

Xbox Music Field Guide 0.91

Here's another small update to Xbox Music Field Guide. I'm going to start moving this thing towards completion so I can get onto the bigger books.

Incomplete sections are marked with "*****" so you can see what's left.

More soon.

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Xbox Music Guide 0.91 in ePub

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.05 – Available to paying customers from the download page

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.3 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDF, MOBI and ePub formats

Xbox Music Field Guide 0.9

Here's another interim update to Xbox Music Field Guide. This update adds several sections related to playlists.

More soon.

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Xbox Music Guide 0.9 in PDF

Xbox Music Guide 0.9 in MOBI

Xbox Music Guide 0.9 in ePub

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.05 – Available to paying customers from the download page

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.3 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDF, MOBI and ePub formats

Xbox Music Field Guide 0.8

Here's another interim update to Xbox Music Field Guide. This update adds several new sections of content and continues the work of updating throughout to match changes to the various Xbox Music apps. It's still incomplete, but it's starting to fill in. I'm hoping to finish this one soon so I can move on to completing Surface Pro 3 Field Guide and Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide.

More soon.

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Xbox Music Guide 0.8 in MOBI

Xbox Music Guide 0.8 in ePub

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.05 – Available to paying customers from the download page

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.3 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDF, MOBI and ePub formats

Xbox Music Field Guide 0.7

Here's a long overdue interim update to Xbox Music Field Guide. This update adds a number of new sections of content and some updates throughout to match changes to the various Xbox Music apps. But it is still very rough and incomplete.

I had stopped working on this book due to uncertainty about the future of Xbox Music and the Windows Phone 8.1 version of the app in particular. With those matters settled—Microsoft has committed to Xbox Music and has finally made the Windows Phone app usable—I'm picking up where I left off.

This book has always been an experiment, or a proof of concept of sorts, for whether it's possible to document so many different versions of a Microsoft app—in this case for Windows 8.1/RT 8.1, the web, Windows Phone 8.1, iOS, Android and Xbox One, which isn't even all of the supported clients. It's a bit unwieldy so far, but I hope to use this book as a template of sorts for future books that cover other Microsoft consumer services, so I'll keep fine-tuning it.

This book is a work in progress, so there is plenty of mess. It will get cleaner and more complete soon.

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Xbox Music Guide 0.7 in ePub

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.05 – Available to paying customers from the download page

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.3 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDF, MOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4

Here is an update to Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide that includes about half of the third chapter, "The Windows Phone User Experience," plus a few other revisions.

This half-chapter includes "completed" sections about basic navigation and hardware/soft buttons, plus a bit of the common software interfaces section, and I've replaced all of the screenshots in the completed parts.

I keep saying that I won't always be updating this book linearly, but this update does actually follow the previous one, so I'm once again providing the whole book document, even though most of it is rough material from the previous edition with my addition/to-do marks throughout. It's a mess. But that's OK.

I'll have more soon.

Note: I'm starting to cross-post all of my book updates to this site, which will become the Field Guide Books web site soon.

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Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 in ePub – Nook, other eBooks

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Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.3 (pre-release) in PDF, MOBI and ePub formats

Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.05Available to paying customers from the download page

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDF, MOBI and ePub formats

Xbox Music Field Guide 0.6 (pre-release) in PDF, MOBI and ePub formats

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.3

Here is a third pre-release version of "Surface Pro 3 Field Guide."

With this update, the first chapter, Before you start, is complete.

As noted previously, this book is a companion guide of sorts to "Windows 8.1 Field Guide." Everyone who buys "Surface Pro 3 Field Guide" (whenever that option becomes available) will get "Windows 8.1 Field Guide" for free.

You can't buy it yet, however. For now, I'll just provide the first several updates publicly so you can see how it's developing.

More soon.

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.05

Here's an update to "Windows 8.1 Field Guide" that includes navigational bookmarks for PDF. This is already included in the MOBI (Kindle) and (I assume) the ePub versions automatically.

If you're using the PDF, that means you'll see a Bookmarks icon in the left-hand navigation pane in Adobe Reader.

Click that to see a bookmark for each Chapter and major content section.

If you read PDFs with the Reader app in Windows 8.1, this feature is a little less useful since each heading is listed. But you can access Bookmarks by displaying the app bar and then choosing More and the Bookmarks.

If you're using a Kindle device (or software), you can access Bookmarks through the Go To item in the menu. If you're using a NOOK ... actually, I'm not sure, sorry. I don't have my NOOK with me. But I assume it works similarly. (Let me know if you do have one.)

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.05 – 590 pages

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.2

Here is a second pre-release and rough look at "Surface Pro 3 Field Guide."

This version includes a section on choosing Surface Pro 3 accessories. More important, perhaps, it also include the excellent new cover design by Martin McClean. In fact, you may notice that Martin's name is on the cover. I've asked him to collaborate with me on this one, and while I haven't added his even bigger contribution yet, I will do so soon. I think you're going to love what he's come up with.

As noted previously, this book is a companion guide of sorts to "Windows 8.1 Field Guide." Everyone who buys "Surface Pro 3 Field Guide" will get "Windows 8.1 Field Guide" for free.

You can't buy it yet, however. For now, I'll just provide the first several updates publicly so you can see how it's developing.

More soon.

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Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.1

Here is a first peek at "Surface Pro 3 Field Guide," a shorter Field Guide book that I hope to finish late this summer. I'm posting this on the "Windows 8.1 Field Guide" site for a few reasons:

- I don't have a separate web site for "Surface Pro 3 Field Guide" and won't, since I'll be consolidating the book sites into a single site called Field Guide Books soon.

- This book is a companion guide of sorts to "Windows 8.1 Field Guide." In fact, everyone who buys "Surface Pro 3 Field Guide" will get "Windows 8.1 Field Guide" for free.

I'll try to get payments going for later, but the first few updates at least will just be "free" or at least not blocked by a paywall or whatever. I think this will be just $2, like "Windows 8.1 Field Guide." But I'll talk that over with Martin McClean, whose collaborating with me on this one. Martin did the covers for all the Field Guide books and he has some awesome graphical stuff coming for "Surface Pro 3 Field Guide," but I'll save that for a future update. You'll love it.

Anyway.

Here's what we've got now. Not much. :) Kind of the beginnings of the initial chapter of the book plus some rough ideas about what topics I'll be covering.

So take a look, tell me what you think, and I'll get cracking on more content.

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Typo fixes

A reader was nice enough to send in a ton of typos fixes for the first part of the book, so here's a revised version of the full book document that reflects those changes.

It's a bit surprising to see these kinds of typos at this stage, but it's best to just get them fixed and moved on. And besides, that's what this publishing model is all about: The ability to fix mistakes (and add new content).

More soon.

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.04 – 590 pages

Book 1.02/1.03

Nothing major, just a revision of the current manuscript that includes the H2 and H3 resizing I mentioned in the previous post.

Looking ahead...

While I do have a number of topics to follow-up on for the post-1.0 versions of the book, I think the initial focus should be on desktop experiences. There are a few reasons for this. We ignored that for the most part in 1.0 because the Modern/Metro stuff was so new and unknown to most. Desktop is a focus for Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update 1 (and presumably Update 2 and Threshold/Windows 9). And like many of you, I actually spend most of my time in the desktop.

The question is how to approach this. There could be one big desktop chapter, of course. Or I could integrate desktop discussions throughout the book as needed (File chapter is an obvious place for OneDrive desktop and Storage Spaces type discussions, for example.) Will continue to think about this.

More soon.

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.03 – 590 pages

Note: There was a formatting glitch in 1.02 where the book cover design made its way into the Contents listing somehow. I fixed that and republished as version 1.03. --Paul

Moving "Windows 8.1 Field Guide" Past 1.0

Note: This was cross-posted to the SuperSite for Windows.

With Windows 8.1 Field Guide now published to Kindle, I've started thinking about some of the updates I'd like to make in the months ahead. Yes, I'll be updating the book to accommodate whatever changes Microsoft makes to Windows 8.1 and its bundled apps, but I'd also like to get the book out in a print version and update its look and feel. Here's a quick update.

First, if you've not yet purchased Windows 8.1 Field Guide, I'd really appreciate it if you did so: This book is only $2 if you purchase it directly from Rafael and me (or you can set your own price), or $4.99 at the Amazon Kindle Store. The version you get from us is in fact superior to the Kindle version, since it can be easily updated each time I make a change to the book. You can learn more about that in my previous post, "Field Guide Books" Update. But however you choose to do it, your support is absolutely appreciated.

The version that is currently available on Kindle is what we call the "1.0" version, or what you might think of as the first edition. I'll be updating the book on the Windows 8.1 Field Guide web site as I make changes, and incrementing the version number (1.01, 1.02 and so on), as I did before, and past that 1.0 version. In fact, if you did pay for the book, you can now get the 1.01 version from the site; this doesn't include any new content but it does have a single new style, discussed below, which somewhat changes the look and feel of the book.

Several days ago I went through the process of preparing the 1.0 version of the book for purchase as a print book through Amazon's CreateSpace service. This won't be ideal for the reasons listed below, but I'm curious to see what a print version of the book looks like and I know some readers prefer that.

As it turns, converting a Word document/PDF into a printable book has a few issues, which I discovered when I created and then ordered a proof of the book. It's pretty cool looking at first glance.

But some of the issues include:

Size. After fooling around with various book sizes, I found that this book will need to be printed in a 8.5 x 11-inch format that is identical to the PDF version. That's a bit huge, but smaller versions didn't look right.

Color. If a book is over 480 pages long, CreateSpace will not print it in color. Our book is bigger than that, so it's in grayscale. (Though the cover is full color and quite nice looking.)

Page numbers. I don't have page numbers in the manuscript, but I'll need to add those for the printed version of the book. Otherwise, the Table of Contents (which is interactive in the e-book versions) is pretty useless.

Style. The heading styles are clearly too small, especially the H1 headings I use for chapter names.

With this in mind, I decidedly I needed to restyle the headings. I started with just the H1 heading, removing the all-caps, making the font bigger, right-justifying it, and adding some white space above it to visually separate it from the end of the previous chapter. For example:

I may make the H2 and H3 headings bigger as well, but they won't be a dramatic as the H1 chapter titles. The 1.01 version of the book, which you can now download from the Windows 8.1 Field Guide web site if you bought the book already, includes this H1 change.

More soon.

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.01 – 585 pages

Windows 8.1 Field Guide is Available Now on Amazon Kindle

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.

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.0 – 581 pages