Meet the Raspberry Pi – download the e-book!

The cut-down version of Meet the Raspberry Pi, written by Eben Upton, our Executive Director, and Gareth Halfacree, is now available on Amazon as a Kindle e-book. It’s only £3.29.

This is the shorter, cut-down version of the book, which is to be followed shortly by a much longer book with more tutorials, more programming, and more physical computing (and longer versions of the existing chapters). This shorter version is ideal for beginners, and will talk you through setting up your Raspberry Pi from scratch, and get you to a position where you can start using your Raspberry Pi like a pro. If you are a more advanced user, you may prefer to wait for the full version of the book to come out – I know the publishers are scrambling to get everything finished, so it shouldn’t be long now.

Big thanks to Gareth and to Eben, and to everyone at Wiley for all their hard work.

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Great news! Will there be a PDF, or e-book version of the full book when it is finished?

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Yes, there will.

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Amazon have just told me the printed book will be shipped on 26 Sept – that’s moved earlier than the original 24 Oct date when I ordered it a few months ago.

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The date may well come forward further than that, too – Amazon’s dates are a bit of a movable feast!

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Pre-ordered the print copy from the US store, 2d shipping(prime) expected delivery is 10/18.

Moveable delivery dates on Amazon? You mean like Torchlight 2? }:D

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Bought it and now I can’t get my grandson to eat his evening meal – he’s “absorbing” the ebook – his words. Reading over his shoulder, I can see this as the ideal introduction to Pi, rather than wading through all the fora and such. It reminds me of the BBC Micro and Commodore VIC-20 days.

Well done guys – a major step forward in the original objective. The 8-year old beside me has suddenly taken a shine to programming instead of just playing computer games.

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Brilliant. Thanks – that really raised a smile!

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He’s just gone to bed at 2:30 am – after “a hard day coding” – again, his words. In fact he is mesmerised by the power of Scratch. Now I have to buy him a Pi of his own!

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Hey

Does this mean that you can buy a the full version as a paper book ? If yes ISBN ?

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You will be able to when the full version is released, yes; see http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/1498

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Good News ! Congrats to Eben & Gareth !

The amazon.co.uk version, linked in the article, is only available to UK customers.

The amazon.com version shows me a $9.19 price.
http://www.amazon.com/Meet-the-Raspberry-Pi-ebook/dp/B008MYLMMQ/

Are there any plans for a Apple iBooks Store version ? At least they have consistent prices.

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I just purchased this for iBooks. It was $5.99

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Thanks for the tip ! It’s 3,99 € in the iBooks Store – you just have to search for “Raspberry Pi”

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Please, please, please make the book available outside the UK! :)

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It is available worldwide. On Apple iBooks store ($5.99 / 3,99€) & Amazon.com ($9.19)

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Already got this, read it over the weekend. As I am not a Linux expert it helped no end.

Many thanks.

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Surely it should have been priced 15 pence less? ;-)

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I got it, even if no-one else seems to have! ;-)

Cheers,
Norm.

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That would actually have been very cool ;-)

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I don’t think the folks at Amazon are that switched on.

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For that matter it sould have been called the book of pi

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Just bought the iBook version for € 3,99.

Scanning a few pages it looks great to me ;-)

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This ebook is also available from the Google play store… $6.99 Australian.

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I’ll read the comments shortly, but I am curious as to whether anyone has successfully downloaded the book “Meet the Raspberry Pi” to the Kindle App on an iPad? It downloaded to the Kindle program on my PC without a problem, but it keeps getting an error when I try to download it to the iPad.

Thanks

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Same here on Mac, iPad & iPhone :-(

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Same here. Thanks for posting, thought I must have been doing something wrong.

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I sent Amazon a complaint asking whether the Kindle book could be downloaded and read on the iPad and they sent me a form to fill out. I filled out the form and submitted. Maybe I’ll find some more information or at least get a refund. I really would like to be able to support this foundation by purchasing the book. If I cannot get it from Kindle, I’ll try the Apple store, but I prefer other sources.

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Apologies for this, everyone – I’ll flag it with the publisher, see if we can’t get it sorted as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, if you’re desperate for your Raspberry Pi fix, the book is available in iBooks – just search for ‘Raspberry Pi’ and it will appear.

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Will it be available in any other e-book formats?

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ePub in Apple’s iBooks store ($5.99 / 3,99€)

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Thank you.

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Great! Just got a copy via Amazon Germany for 3.60 €.
Are there also plans to translate this book into other languages?
Specifically, I would be interested in a German version for my older and younger family members :-)
If there are no plans yet, I would assume that there are many volunteers in the online crowd, including myself, who would like to help to translate into various languages. That said, I know nothing about the legal aspects of translating a book.

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Same question, different language: Dutch.

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You could probably crowdsource this to save time: get 114 German forum members to translate one page each, and you’d be done. Of course, someone would need to proofread the final outcome!

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Lovely book – very readable, and there are some nice linux tips in there as well (and I now realise there are lots of linux commands I just type blindly without much context!). Just one bit of feedback – on the Kindle the screenshots of the Console (white text on black background) are quite difficult to read – I’d suggest either writing them out and formatting them as monospace or reversing the images to make them clearer. (If you need a volunteer I’d happily do this for you! – I format ebooks as part of my job).

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I have chatted with Amazon support. They have referred the book back to Engineering and it may have to go back to the e-book publisher. I’ll post more when I know.

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The Kindle for iPad version now seems to be working folks, go get it! :D

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It is Thursday and I just checked the Kindle app on my iPad. it downloaded the book sweet as could be. I can even open and read the book!

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I read the review of the latest raspberry book with interest this morning but… That was short lived.
The misguided drive by governments and business to protect us from information outside our countries continues to grow. Imagine my surprise when kindle informed me I can’t buy either version of the book as it’s not available in North America.
I’ve heard many arguments defending this ridiculous censorship but in my mind there is NO excuse that is valid.
Sorry for the dark nature of this article but after my dismal experience with kindle fire in Canada I am fed up with this situation.

Jim

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Hi Jim,

I visited http://www.amazon.com and typed in “Meet the Raspberry Pi” into the search window. I quickly found the book and ordered it. I have downloaded it to two PC’s, but I have problems getting it into the Kindle App for iPad. I’m from California and I had absolutely no problem ordering the book.

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Amazon UK does not allow for orders coming from other countries (I’m in Italy). They redirect you to Amazon.it that is not offering the ebook. Can you do anything about it?

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Are you sure?
For Amazon Germany, the redirect also did not work, but when I searched for the title on amazon.de, I found it.

On amazon.it, I found this:

http://www.amazon.it/Meet-the-Raspberry-Pi-ebook/dp/B008MYLMMQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343231813&sr=8-1

So, I think it is the same situation there. Though, I cannot try to buy it from here.

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Thanks. It works. Either they just added it or I missed it earlier.

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Any chance of releasing this in a non-DRM ebook format?

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Congratulations to you all. Just bought the Kindle version for My Galaxy tablet. Still stuck in the Virtual Pi world but having a ball.
Cheers

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Awesome, now I only need to wait for the RaspberryPI whose estimated delivery is 11 weeks :|

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HA! I am about 2 weeks ahead that…

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When and where will the “meet the strawberry pi” book be available in the USA

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Great, but when I search Apple iBook store from Sweden it does not show up. Is it available in all regions? Don’t want the Kindle format but ePub instead as from Apple.

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Found that it can be bought from Bokus now. Problem solved :-)

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Do you have a link – I can add it to my list of sources.

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Never mind – found it!

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How about a Nook version. Not everybody has (or wants) a kindle or the app.

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Gareth’s got a list of the non-Amazon formats you can buy the book in here.

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I like it. As a computer-literate but Linux-averse newbie, this book could have saved me many hours and a fair bit of head scratching if I’d had it when my Pi was fresh out of the box. As noted by Pete Taylor the screenshots don’t work too well on Kindle, rendered as grey on grey, but apart from that it’s all good.

The book seems sensibly organised and is written in a clear, straightforward style. Above all, it’s a proper book created and written by knowledgeable enthusiasts – those accustomed to the mish-mash of recycled data sheets and web pages that sometimes passes for publishing in the hobbyist world will know what I mean.

I look forward to the full version, in hard copy. Much as I love my Kindle for reading, I prefer paper for technical and reference books: they are easier to flip through and, for me, paper bookmarks work better than electronic ones. In the meantime, though, this eBook version is a good three pounds’ worth.

Gareth and Eben have done a decent job.

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Is there going to be a printed paper edition? I haven’t got a kindle and don’t plan to buy one.

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Not of this version, I’m afraid – but the entire contents will be included in the more expansive Raspberry Pi User Guide, which is due out as quickly as the publisher can print it. That will be available in both printed and electronic formats.

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I understand this is the beginners version of the book and a more detailed version is on its way. Will the updated version replace our current digital version or will it be a completely different release/book?

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Completely different release: this is Meet the Raspberry Pi, while the next book is the Raspberry Pi Users Guide.

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Hi,
I’m so far in the wilds, my internet download of Raspian – wheezy – is projected at about 2 hours. Is there any way I can purchase a disk with this software?

ps Don’t mean to be offensive but can Liz turn backwards – she’s distracting my typing – its gone from bad to useless!!
Just in case I forgot – I think Raspberry Pi is magic – I’m not into programmng but I love building hardware – am I excluded from your club?
All the best – I follow most of the streams,
Hugh

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Finally getting round to buying a RPi – might have a bit of a wait for the delivery. Just checked for cases, now looking at this book. Amazon UK are charging 250% of the RS price for the board – what a cheek!

I think I’ll go for an epub format, as there is an addon for Firefox that will read those

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250%?????? they are charging $87.50 ?????

most expensive thing I can find on amazon.co.uk that is raspberry pi related is a £68 raspberry pi model b that isn’t being sold by amazon or the foundation.
[edited: correcting math & actually i lie i just found some ****** trying to sell a model b for £199 :) ]

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I downloaded the book from Amazon, and have been reading it on my Kindle Fire. For a computer book, this one is surprisingly well written. The explanations are well-considered, and they provide plenty of detail. For example, the discussion on Video explains how to change from NTSC to PAL, tells me that NTSC is the default, and explains the difference. Good job, and a kudos to each of the authors. (No, I don’t speak Greek).

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