On their website you can have a preorder of the Hard Cover book, and
waiting for it, you'll the book on pdf (and you can regenerate it at
It works very well
Correct, you can get the Beta PDF (which I think is pretty complete)
and just follow along and get a "dead tree" copy when it is released.
You also might want to pick up Simply Rails 2 as a good place to
start, and also The Art of Rails as another good book. Both, I think,
cover Rails 2.x pretty well. I was able to use Simply Rails 2 with
2.1.1, so I hope that helps.