Thursday evening last week I got an email from apress.com about my Functional Programming in R book and whether I would be interested in finding a publisher for it. It is already published on leanpub, Amazon and iBooks, but it has never seen a proper editor, and I would love to see it in print, so I wrote back that I would love to hear more.
I got a little more info Friday and was asked for a PDF of the book. I sent that but also the PDF for my Data Science in R book, mentioning that this book is longer and selling better.
Later Friday evening I got an offer for the data science book that I accepted. They are still interested in the functional programming book, but I had some suggestions for how it could be expanded and such, so they want to think a little more about that. The thinking time also gives me some time to judge the experience with editing the first book.
Because I’m selling Data Science in R, it will no longer be online. Not until Apress has made an ebook, at least. I’ve pulled it down from Amazon already, I’m trying to figure out how to remove it from iBooks now, and I will remove it from Leanpub afterwards. If anyone knows how to pull down a book from iBooks, please let me know.
I wrote that I would pull the book offline on twitter and Facebook yesterday, and since I’ve sold a lot of copies. I guess to people who want the book before it goes offline. Thanks for that, guys.
It will still be available there a few hours more, but it is going down tonight.
Functional Programming will stay online until I figure out what will happen with it, and of course so will Object-oriented Programming in R, which I’m still working on.
I haven’t written on it the last two weeks. I’ve had some other things to work on and I’m a little stuck trying to think of a good example of where you would use refinement of interfaces, but I hope to have the next chapter finished in a week or so.