[Limited time offer] Programming Windows 6th Edition Preview eBook is now available. Buy the CP edition today for $10 and get the RP/RTM book updates as they are released, free...
The long-awaited 6th edition of Programming Windows is scheduled to be published by Microsoft Press in November 2012, but you can purchase the ebook direct from the O'Reilly website today:
Why would you want to do that? I can think of three reasons:
1. If you purchase the ebook in November, it will cost $50. If you purchase it today, it costs $10. This $10 price will only be in effect during these last two weeks of May.
2. If you purchase the ebook in November, you'll have to wait until then to get it. If you purchase it now, you can download a preview ebook of nearly 300 pages containing the first 7 chapters of the book today. By purchasing the book and installing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio, you can be developing Windows 8 Metro style applications this afternoon.
3. If you purchase the ebook today, you'll also be able to download a second preview ebook based on the Release Preview of Windows 8 a couple months from now.
It's a Win-Win-Win situation! [GD: Post Leached in full]
Special Offer to Celebrate Programming Windows, Sixth Edition
Reimagined for full-screen and touch-optimized apps, Windows 8 provides a platform for reaching new users in new ways. In response, programming legend Charles Petzold is rewriting his classic Programming Windows—one of the most popular programming books of all time—to show developers how to use existing skills and tools to build Windows 8 apps. (See the book's "Description" tab.)
To celebrate, Microsoft Press will release three versions of the eBook for Programming Windows, Sixth Edition, including two pre-release editions that provide crucial access to early content. Based on when you purchase (see table below), you will receive the most recently published version of the eBook—plus any subsequent versions—at special promotional pricing. Act between May 17-31, 2012, and your cost is just $10!
The first "Consumer Preview eBook", based on Windows 8 Consumer Preview, will be approximately 300 pages. The second "Release Preview eBook," based on Windows 8 Release Preview, will update those pages and provide an additional 200-300 pages. The final eBook will be fully updated for the final Windows 8 software.
Purchase example 1: If you purchase the Consumer Preview eBook for Programming Windows, Sixth Edition on May 17, you will receive it, the Release Preview eBook when released, and the final eBook when released, all for $10.
Purchase example 2: If you purchase the Release Preview eBook for Programming Windows, Sixth Edition after the two-week $30 promotion has ended, you will receive it and the final eBook for $40.
NOTE: This offer to purchase the Consumer Preview eBook version of Programming Windows, Sixth Edition and/or the Release Preview eBook version of Programming Windows, Sixth Edition (the "Pre-Release eBooks") is only available through oreilly.com from May 17, 2012 until November 14, 2012, as outlined in the table above ..."
$10? For this? Oh yeah, I so just bought this. Love the free updates and the pricing schedule. Got to love the flexibility ebooks provide. Heck even if you don't want to invert time in readying the CP/RP versions, this is too good a deal to pass up.