From: Janet Crosbie <> Date: May 17, 2006 4:03:43 PM EDT Subject: User Groups: Apress Spring Newsletter Finally Here!


Apress User Group Newsletter Issue 5; Spring, 2006





1. Catch-up Time--Apress Catalog | Ablog | Radio Interviews | eBookshop FAQ 2. Apress Introduces "betaBooks" 3. Special Offers and Promotions 4. Join Apress: Become Part of the Apress Affiliate Program 5. T-shirts--Series 2 6. The Latest Apress Books--Hot Off the Press 7. Forthcoming Books--Spring Releases 8. Upcoming Tradeshows


1. Catch-up Time--Apress Catalog | Ablog | Radio Interviews | eBookshop FAQ

It's spring and Apress is blooming! If you haven't been to our web site in a while (or even if you have), swing by and check out what's new. Or keep reading and I'll just tell you:

Apress has published a glamorous 8 1/2" by 11" catalog, featuring titles through May 2006. To take a look at the PDF version, please visit the Apress Trade Site, (You only need to quickly register your e-mail address to access any of the Trade Site's downloads.)

Have you read Ablog yet? It's where Apress, well, blogs! Do check out "Gary's Eclectic Thoughts" on Ablog (musings straight from our publisher). In fact, Gary just posted an interesting read about the state of the IT book market:

If you've never listened to an Apress author interview, do try one! It's been a while since our last newsletter, and we've posted lots of sizzling interviews since then. 'Nuff said.

Have you stopped by the Apress eBookshop before? Get your questions answered about buying and downloading eBooks:

By the way, the eBookshop now sells some of the most popular friends of ED books in eBook format: Perfect for you web designers, bloggers, and podcasters!


2. Apress Introduces "betaBooks"

New Apress betaBooks give you access to the newest programming topics straight from the author, by way of weekly PDF chapters and updates, all before the final printed versions roll off the press. Eight weeks before final publication, the first several chapters of an Apress betaBook become available. After that, available updates or new chapters are delivered weekly to your inbox. Apress plans to publish betaBook versions of select titles across multiple technologies to suit every programming professional.

You may purchase betaBooks where you purchase other eBooks, in the Apress eBookshop. These betaBooks are a bargain since the price includes a copy of the entire finished eBook. At this time, betaBooks aren't intended to solicit reader feedback or shape a final book. Instead, the main function of a betaBook is to honor the adage, "Timing is everything" and give you two-month leverage on a particular technology. Learn more about them here:


3. Special Offers and Promotions

A. eBooks:

1. Did you know you can try FREE eBooks from Apress? Download one here:

2. Are you a Perl user? From May 16 - 31, 2006, you can purchase a limited edition Perl eBook bundle. You get five eBooks for 50 bucks--but hurry, because this deal only lasts for 15 days!

3. Purchase a select title during the first printing (about six months from publication) and you'll be eligible to receive a free (that's right, FREE) companion eBook! All of our eBooks come in fully searchable PDF form and are sure to be your constant companions for quick code and topic searches. View the list of eligible books here:

B. Hardcover Discounts:

It's time to shop! Get a hefty 50% discount on lots of great Apress and friends of ED books through Bookpool. Hurry! The sale lasts through May 31, 2006.


4. Join Apress: Become Part of the Apress Affiliate Program We invite you to join the Apress Affiliate Program, which benefits online communities, web site owners, and bloggers who publicly recognize Apress books and help generate sales. The program credits affiliates who link to Apress eBooks a 10% commission on eBook sales when their visitors click through and purchase Apress eBooks. Setup is free and an account is easy to maintain. We'll supply affiliates with images or text links to place on their sites. Then at the beginning of every month, we'll send a check to each affiliate for the previous month's commissions. For more details and to set up an affiliate account, visit


5. T-shirts--Series 2

The first series of collectible Apress T-shirts was so popular that we sold out. But fear not--we have a second series of limited edition T-shirt styles for sale. Just like their Series 1 predecessors, these shirts are smart and witty. So treat yourself to a summer T, or get a major head start on your holiday shopping. These fashionable shirts are just $10 each, plus the cost of shipping. And if you purchase four out of the six featured styles at once, we'll waive the shipping cost!


6. The Latest Apress Books-Hot Off the Press

I only have a little room to feature just a sampling of our latest titles. But you can view lots more new releases here:

"Beginning Visual C# 2005 Express Edition" By Peter Wright May 2006 | ISBN: 1-59059-549-1 | 480 pages | $29.99

"Pro Java EE 5 Performance Management and Optimization" By Steven Haines May 2006 | ISBN: 1-59059-610-2 | 424 pages | $49.99

".NET Test Automation Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach" By Dr. James McCaffrey May 2006 | ISBN: 1-59059-663-3 | 408 pages | $49.99

"Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional" By Akkana Peck April 2006 | ISBN: 1-59059-587-4 | 552 pages | $49.99

"Beginning REALbasic: From Novice to Professional" By Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. May 2006 | ISBN: 1-59059-634-X | 400 pages | $39.99

"Pro Apache XML" By Poornachandra Sarang May 2006 | ISBN: 1-59059-641-2 | 504 pages | $44.99


7. Forthcoming Books-Spring Releases

Here are a few titles to look forward to. Preview even more upcoming titles here:

"Foundations of Atlas: Rapid Ajax Development with ASP.NET 2.0" By Laurence Moroney To publish May 2006 | ISBN: 1-59059-647-1 | 400 pages | $39.99

"The Game Maker's Apprentice: Game Development for Beginners" By Jacob Habgood and Mark Overmars To publish June 2006 | ISBN: 1-59059-615-3 | 336 pages | $39.99

"Beginning XML with DOM and Ajax: From Novice to Professional" By Sas Jacobs To publish June 2006 | ISBN: 1-59059-676-5 | 450 pages | $39.99

"SCJP Exam for J2SE 5: A Concise and Comprehensive Study Guide for The Sun Certified Java Programmer Exam" By Paul Sanghera To publish June 2006 | ISBN: 1-59059-697-8 | 425 pages | $39.99

"Pro Ajax and the .NET 2.0 Platform" By Daniel Woolston To publish June 2006 | ISBN: 1-59059-670-6 | 600 pages | $49.99

".NET 2.0 for Delphi Programmers" By Jon Shemitz To publish June 2006 | ISBN: 1-59059-386-3 | 350 pages | $49.99

************************************* 8. Upcoming Tradeshows

Apress will be exhibiting at the following shows this summer. If you are there, please stop by and say hello!

TechEd Boston, MA June 11 - 16, 2006

OSCON Portland, OR Jyly 24 - 28, 2006

LinuxWorld San Francisco, CA August 14 - 17, 2006

Oracle Open World San Francisco, CA October 22 - 26, 2006

PASS Seattle, WA November 14 - 17, 2006


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Topic revision: r1 - 2006-05-17 - TedRoche

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