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“Beginning Ruby” eBook Only $10 For The Next 24 Hours

By Peter Cooper / June 20, 2008


I've had word from Apress that they're doing a one-off 24 hour $10 sale on the e-book version of Beginning Ruby as part of their "daily deal" series. The 24 hours is up - sorry! - but the e-book is still available from Apress at the usual rate of $27.99. It comes as a password protected PDF - no crazy DRM.

Beginning Ruby (Amazon link to the print version) is the ideal book for those new to Ruby, whether fresh to programming or coming from other languages. As well as covering Ruby in a general sense, it also covers the community, a handful of interesting RubyGems, database programming & SQL, object orientation (from the ground up), Rails (though very briefly), and network programming. Not convinced yet? The foreword was drawn by Why The Lucky Stiff, and of the 21 reviews of the book on, 18 give it five stars, and 3 give it four stars (the reviews are well worth reading to see if it's the sort of book for you).

At $10, even if you're a bit beyond the level of Beginning Ruby, it might make a good purchase for a co-worker, family member, or anyone else who's hassling you about Ruby. Feel free to buy a copy and share it around the office. You're probably not meant to, but I don't care because if you really wanted to steal, you can just get it off of BitTorrent anyway :)

Finally, while on the Beginning Ruby theme, Amazon has Beginning Ruby available for the Kindle. It's $23.75, and appears to be the best selling Ruby book on the Kindle so far (which isn't saying a lot, I appreciate).


  1. JacksonDane says:

    I'm a sophomore CS student and have been reading this book over the summer for fun (and I really mean it, it's good enough that it's fun to work through). I highly recommend it as I knew little about Ruby before hand, and at now about 3/4 the way through I feel like I could tackle a plethora of projects.

    Is the Apress 'Beginning Rails' book recommended too? I purchased it on a whim (thanks Amazon prime), is it really what I want to begin working on a Rails app though?

  2. Ryan Bates says:

    I see it's free shipping too!

    I've been on the verge of getting this book for a long time, this finally pushed me over. Well done. :)

  3. Jeremy Pinnix says:

    Hey Peter, can you use your connections and talk Apress into providing an RSS feed or email list for their Deal of the Day? I just read this post (a day late). They would probably sell a lot more if people didn't have to visit the site daily.

  4. Peter Cooper says:

    Good idea, Jeremy.. they'd sell a lot more that way! I'll drop them a mail about it.

  5. Peter Cooper says:

    I've just let them know. I'll post with any update.

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