Well, here it is

It wasn’t really a lot of work, making a paperback version of Functional Programming in R, and uploading it to Amazon was really easy. The only stumbling block along the way was having to install a new version of Flash to preview the result.

Damn flash!

Reformatting the book to be printed took less than an hour. It took a couple of hours to proofread it—again—but that would be worth doing whether it got printed or not. The hard part was picking an cover design, and I am still not entirely happy about it. I just got tired of mucking about with it.

Anyway, go and see it here.

Considering that the survey clearly says that most people would prefer to have both a printed and an electrical version of a text book, I have set it up such that if you buy the paperback you can get the ebook for free through Amazon’s MatchBook program. You should be able to see that on the ebook page. I haven’t bought my own book—yet—so I haven’t tried it myself. I probably should. I’m curious about what it looks like.

Let me know what you think—and if you like it, do leave a review.

Paperback version of Functional Programming in R

I was a little surprised by my quick survey to find that more people prefer ebooks over paperbacks for programming textbooks. I do prefer ebooks for most books I read, but I tend to slightly prefer hard copies for text books. Most prefer to have both an ebook and a paperback, and I would as well.

Anyway, I looked into what it would take to make a paperback and it is really very little. I want a black-and-white print—to keep costs down—but I can get that with a single option to Pandoc, so that didn’t take long. I had to reformat a few lines where code goes over the margin, but I should do that for the PDF anyway. The only troublesome part is making a book cover. I’ve used Canva for the ebook covers, but they don’t have designs for entire books, and the cover designer that Amazon provides is, hmm, not full of pretty designs.

That is what is holding me back right now, but my patience is running out and I’ll just pick something soon, I think.