"Rails Cookbook" - is it possible to get PDF version somewhere???

Hi,

Anyone know whether there’s somewhere I can purchase a PDF version of Rails Cookbook? (doesn’t seem to be an option for this on the O’Reilly site)

References:

Tks

Greg Hauptmann wrote:

Anyone know whether there's somewhere I can purchase a PDF version of Rails
Cookbook <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/railsckbk/>? (doesn't seem to be
an option for this on the O'Reilly site)

It's not been published yet, but you can buy 'Rough Cuts' access to the
work-in-progress via the Safari library:

http://safari.oreilly.com/0596527314

You can download Rough Cuts books as a PDF once you've bought access.

However, normal books in the Safari library aren't easily downloadable
as PDFs*. You have to read them online in your web browser. So I'm not
sure what will happen to this book once it's finished.

Chris

* If you have a higher-tier account, you get a number of 'download
tokens' every month, which you can use to download individual chapters
or sections of certain books in PDF format. But there's no way to just
'buy this book as a PDF'.

I just struggled and FINALLY was able to purchase and download the Rough Cuts PDF of Rails Cookbook.
Unfortunately, and I think O’Reilly sucks (for a number of reasons) pardon my language, you do need to purchase the safari online access in order to be able to buy the Rough Cuts. Whereas there is the RJS Templates and Web Services PDF from them, and those do not require online access. Whatever. Right now it’s about 560 pages I believe, updated last on 10/28. I love the Ruby Cookbook, same author I believe, so it should make a great resource.

Stuart

Rough Cuts use the same interface as Safari, but you don't need to
have a full Safari account to use them.

http://safari.oreilly.com/roughcuts

how much was it then overall to get the PDF guys? (i.e. Safari access + PDF purchase = ??)

I really wish O'Reilly would just "get it" and release full, non-DRM
pdf's of their books, the same way the Prags do. If I want a pdf, I
want it to be full unprotected so I can use it on my laptop when I
have no connectivity. And I don't want to have to subscribe to a
service or try to hack around with download tokens to do it.

As it stands now, if I want an O'Reilly book now I usually just get
the paper version from Amazon as its always cheaper and I don't want
to waste time with Safari. If O'Reilly offered combo packs with the
paper + pdf versions, I would probably by direct from them.

- Rob

If you’ve never been a member of Safari, you can get a trial subscription at no charge, I think it’s a few months.

You’ll need to supply a credit card though.
At that point you could purchase the Rough Cuts Rails Cookbook for $20

If you’ve had previous membership to Safari , like I, then I went with a base membership of 9.99 a month.

Stuart

Rob Sanheim wrote:

Jim - the Rails Cookbook seems to be already released no? It is online at O’Reilly for purchase (but there’s no PDF). Perhaps I’m missing something?

BTW - Wonder what people’s comments on the book are in relation to Rails Receipes? Worth getting Rails Cookbook too?

Greg Hauptmann wrote:

Jim - the Rails Cookbook seems to be already released no? It is online at O'Reilly for purchase (but there's no PDF). Perhaps I'm missing something?

BTW - Wonder what people's comments on the book are in relation to Rails Receipes? Worth getting Rails Cookbook too?

I "bumped" into the author at RailsCamp on Thursday, he said he was still proofreading it, so I don't think it has actually been released yet. He did say it would be available as a PDF though when it was released, maybe there will be a slight delay between the paper book and PDF though I couldn't say.

I definitely think it will be worth getting in addition to Rails Recipes (I have that one too), as I believe it has far more "recipes" in it (YMMV :wink:

Stuart