Half Off “Month of Lunches” Offer Details

On December 30th, Manning will be offering 50% off all the “Month of Lunches” titles. This applies to ebooks, as well as to print books (which all come with a free ebook copy). Just use their promo code, dotd123015au, when checking out on their site. The deal starts at midnight Eastern time going into the 30th, and will last for about 48 hours, I’m told.

The offer applies to:

  • Learn Linux in a Month of Lunches
  • Learn SQL Server Administration in a Month of Lunches
  • Learn Windows IIS in a Month of Lunches
  • Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches
  • Learn Active Directory Management in a Month of Lunches
  • Learn System Center Configuration Manager in a Month of Lunches
  • Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches, Second Edition
  • Learn Git in a Month of Lunches
  • Learn Cisco Network Administration in a Month of Lunches.

Bet you didn’t even know the series had grown so much, eh? And there’s more on the way in 2016!

OK, DSC Book Campaign Didn’t Work :(.

Well, it was worth a shot – but it’s looking like our IndieGoGo campaign to fund a comprehensive DSC book is gonna be a bust. Around January 5th, IndieGoGo should refund everyone who contributed – and thanks for that support! Unfortunately, the demand just doesn’t seem to be there within the audience that Jason and I can reach.

That was a concern all along. I’ve mentioned before how advanced books tend to do pretty poorly – PowerShell in Depth hasn’t broken any sales records, for example – compared to entry-level books. And we’re still early on in DSC’s life, so the adoption isn’t huge, which means the audience isn’t huge.

This doesn’t mean the idea is dead, however. Jason and I are going to be spending some time discussing possibilities. We’re considering, for example, offering an ebook on a paid subscription basis, which would enable us to update the thing more or less continuously. Dunno. Even with the DSC documentation now open-sourced, and even with great DSC video education available via Pluralsight, I think there’s a lot of need for the expertise and explanation a book can bring. So we’re going to think about it some more.

Anyway, thanks again for those of you who supported us, and we’ll keep you posted.