On Saturday, 18 July 2015 at 13:34:55 UTC, Ali Çehreli wrote:
On 07/17/2015 12:37 PM, Jack Stouffer wrote:

I just added Ali Çehreli's "Programming in D" on Goodreads. If any of you have accounts, please rate the book, because people do use Goodreads to find books as well as determine if a book is worth their time.

Also, Andrei's book is also on Goodreads if you haven't already rated it: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6660101-the-d-programming-language

Thank you for doing that.

On a related note, the paper version of the book is in proofing stage: I have just ordered a print copy for proofing. (I don't expect any major problem as what they print is the same as the pdf copy.) It should hit Amazon soon.

I am also trying to determine the price for the paper copy. Unfortunately, the threshold price for standard distribution channels came out to be a little over $17, which is almost the same as what I was hoping to sell for. Adding extended distribution channels pushes the threshold price to over $25. :(

What is a fare price for that book, considering that HTML and PDF versions will always be free anyway?

I have started considering drastic changes to reduce the page count by

- making the font smaller (currently 10pt)

- reducing the margins

- removing the exercise solutions from the book (currently 50 pages)

none of which makes me happy because I've spent a long time on deciding all of that. :-/ I am still sleeping them over.


Seems perfectly reasonable to me. I imagine the free online version will drive sales for the physical version. The tabletop RPG company Paizo puts all of their books for the Pathfinder RPG system up in an early searchable format[1] in addition to selling hardcover books for 40-60$ each, and they're currently dominating the mainstream RPG market. Even if it's available online for free, people love owning physical items, especially if they're value-added.

1. http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/prd/

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