By now you’ve seen the upgrade guide I’ve been working on for the latest TFS release. I’ve taken this same material and published it as an e-book. You can get it free, here, from Smashwords. Soon it will appear on all the Smashwords affiliate vendor sites, like B&N’s nook store, Apple’s iTunes book store, Kobo, Diesel and a few others.
I did it mostly for your convenience, but I’m also thinking a lot about ebooks lately. A small publisher based in India contacted me during the run up to the latest release and solicited my help with a different title for TFS. I had to turn them down, but I kept thinking about how easy it is to self-publish these days. If a small press sees a chance to earn money, then perhaps a reasonable amount of customers would find information useful in this format. It’s also satisfying for me to arrange the information for ebook publication. What works here on the blog doesn’t necessarily translate to a successful ebook layout. I found I had to cut about 20% of the information because it was duplicative and I thought it might be confusing to add to the ebook. I also found I had to create about 5% or 10% new information to tie things together. Gone are the three distinct server upgrade paths. In its place, I have one major server upgrade path with various optional steps.
If you get a chance to check it out, let me know what you think in a comment here, or with a review or rating at any of the retailers were you might find it. I’m interested.