Wow! It’s hard to believe, but my first book is now a reality! Several copies of my first book — “Building Online Communities with Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress” arrived at my door this morning.
This is the book, published by Apress that I have co-authored with Robert T Douglass and Jared Smith over the last six months or so. It has long been my ambition to be published and when the opportunity presented itself earlier this year, I had to grab it with both hands. It has been quite a hard struggle; writing in a small amount of spare time is not easy, but I do think it has been worth it.
The result is six chapters on using WordPress to help build an online community. Although I wrote the book using version 1.5.x most of the WordPress chapters are version agnostic. This isn’t a “how to use WordPress” book (the excellent WordPress Codex is good for that). This is a book about how to use WordPress to help you build an online community.
You can buy the book online directly from Apress including in eBook form. You can buy from Amazon.co.uk or you can buy it from Amazon.com. I’m not sure whether it will be on the shelves of your local book store yet, but it will be over the next couple of days.
Apress have a good summary of the book (my emphasis):
Content management, blogs, and online forums are among the most significant online trends today, and Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress are three of the most popular open source applications facilitating these trends.
Drupal is a full content management system that allows you to create any type of website you desire, from an e-commerce to a community-based site. phpBB enables you to set up a bulletin board or forum. And WordPress is the software of choice for the exploding blog community. All three technologies are based on PHP and MySQL.
Finally, I think Jamie is quite proud of her Dad, Jan is just glad it’s finally published! I must thank them both for putting up with me while I’ve struggled through this. The next one will be easier! I have to thank Matt, Ryan, and the rest of the WordPress community, without whom I would have had nothing to write about!
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Hmm… why do Amazon US have a 34% discount while Amazon UK only has 9%?! I know I could buy it as an eBook for $25, but I don’t like reading lots of text on screen.
I don’t really know. Amazon in the UK seem to think we can afford to pay more. Or more likely, that they have fewer real rivals, especially with books!
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Congrats Mike. Being able to check off the “published book author” column on ones résumé (résumés have such a column? Ok, maybe not) is a very good thing indeed. Though I’m not building any online communities anytime soon, I look forward to reading it.
It’s a shame… I would’ve definatly bought it for the US price, but at the UK price I’ll have to see how badly the holidays have hit my wallet :).
Wieran, In the past it has been cheaper for me to buy from Amazon in the US, and have the books shipped over, though not, alas, in this case.
Wow! I run a community site using Drupal. This is going directly on my Amazon wish list.
Congratulations on getting your book published! 🙂 Nice to see it’s even on Amazon! Great job. 🙂
Thanks for the comments. I’m very pleased to have realized this ambition. I’ve got to go and scour my local book shops later and see if any have it on the shelf!
Under which licence is eBook?
Can I copy it?
The Apress FAQ has this to say:
Hey Mike, looking damn damn good. Should have posted something earlier to be honest but I’ve been all over the place. I’ll definitely be checking this out very soon :). Merry Christmas buddy.
Thanks Khaled. You look like you are having a busy time.
Hope you have a good time back home!
Congratulations Mike. Its good to hear that your hard work has been rewarded. I hope the book sells well.
And hope you have a great christmas too.
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Mike, great! I wan’t that signed copy. 😉 Email me a PayPal address, and price (including fees) and I’ll send you my payment.
oh wow, congrats mike, that’s AWESOME!!!
see, i told you you were simply the best! 😀
Paul, I’ll send you details shortly.
Tank, thanks very much. I haven’t seen it in the shops yet, but I’ll keep checking.
AHA! So you are that Mike Little — the one who co-authoured the book. I’ve wondered about that as I’ve waited for it from my local bookstore.
Congratulations! You should be very proud of your accomplishment. (And it’s nice to be able to put a face on you although your daughter steals the show in your picture.)
Many thanks for the plugin tip.
All the Best
I’ve already referred to the WordPress section several times as I’ve been setting up a couple installations; one for myself and one for a friend. 🙂 Great work!
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Congrats. Php is too much for me to comprehend. Great that other computer geeks sorted everything out for the simple girls, so I just have to enable the plugins in WordPress. I love plugins!! I promise , I will learn Drupal, too. Whatever that is 🙂
I’m searching for info about wordpress and happened on this posting. I dunno… I just felt so excited for you and your amazing accomplishment! Congrads!
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