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.
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.
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.