"ppk on JavaScript" released

Well, today's the day. "ppk on JavaScript" has been released—in the US, that is. If you are actually holding a physical copy, please leave a comment with your location. This will allow me to follow my book as it penetrates the JavaScript world.

I haven't yet received my own copies because the printer has made a spelling error in my address (Dutch street names are generally unpronouncable for English speakers, so such an error is only natural). I'll probably get them in the next week or so.

In fact, I need those copies—or at least one of them. Right now I can hardly imagine I ever wrote a book; it's as if I've dreamed then entire sequence of events. What I need to wake up to the fact that the book is real is holding a physical copy in my hands, proudly showing it to my friends, and reverently opening it only to discover a typo. (Incidentally, as Bruce Lawson revealed, discovering a typo immediately upon opening a new book means the book will sell well.)

Over the past few days I've expanded the Book section somewhat. You can download the example scripts (ZIP file containing .txt files) and use the list of all URLs in the book instead of laboriously typing them into your browser's location bar. If you're still hesitating whether to buy the book or not, you can study the table of contents or read the larger part of the Introduction, which also links to the live versions of the example scripts.

Anyway, I'm extremely excited and I hope the book will help web developers around the world to make more sense of JavaScript (but only after they buy it, of course).

For now I'd like to say Thank You to the people who helped me most:

  1. my three tech editors Dean Edwards (general), Derek Featherstone (accessibility), and David Flanagan (Core), who prevented me from many mistakes and oversights;
  2. my development and copy editors Wendy Sharp and Wendy Katz, who tightened my prose considerably and more than once pointed out I forgot to explain something that was clear to me, but not to my readers;
  3. and my former colleagues Babette van Hardeveld, Marloes Hautmann and Remco van 't Veer, who read early drafts of a few chapters and provided feedback from the perspective of a non-JavaScript programmer.

By the way, I'm planning book release parties in Amsterdam and London once the book is available in Europe; probably somewhere around the end of October or the start of November. I'll post some more information when dates and venues have been chosen.

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1 Posted by Andreas Næsager on 20 September 2006 | Permalink

Congratulations on the book.

I do not myself own a copy yet, but as it hits the bookshops in Denmark or Amazon in the UK, I will definently grab myself a copy!

2 Posted by Nicolas Sanguinetti on 20 September 2006 | Permalink

Congratulations man!
It's a pity that shipping and handling to Latin America is so expensive, I might have to wait a little before having your book in my hands :(

But again, congrats!

3 Posted by anjan bacchu on 20 September 2006 | Permalink

hi there,


It would be nice if you could give a link to your book on amazon/borders/barnesAndNoble/bookpool
which are the large(popular) online booksellers in the US.

This way, people can go to their familiar bookseller and
decide if the reviews are any good.


4 Posted by Nathan Smith on 20 September 2006 | Permalink

Awesome, I've had this book on pre-order from Amazon for awhile now, and can't wait to read it. Nice redesign by the way, much better than the frameset version.

5 Posted by pauldwaite on 21 September 2006 | Permalink

Hate to break it to you, but you actually must have dreamt writing a book. This is the first I've heard of it, and I've been subscribed to your RSS feed for two years. Searching Amazon US turns up nothing. Sorry.

P.S. You clearly dreamed the previous four comments too :)

6 Posted by Harmen Janssen on 21 September 2006 | Permalink

Congratulations on the book!

So the Netherlands have to wait a bit longer huh? Well, for me it's for the best; I just bought Flanagan's Definitive Guide, so it would be a Javascript overkill on my account ;)

Eventually it will definitely be on my shelf!

7 Posted by Derek Featherstone on 21 September 2006 | Permalink

ppk - Congratulations on the release of your book! Very exciting! it was a pleasure to work with you on it...

8 Posted by Dannii on 21 September 2006 | Permalink

Congratulations! I will definately look into ordering one to Australia... if it can be done

9 Posted by Mark McDonnell on 21 September 2006 | Permalink

When is the book released in the UK? I've been desperately waiting for this book to come through.

10 Posted by ppk on 21 September 2006 | Permalink

Today I talked to someone of the Dutch branch of Pearson, and she said the book will take about 2 weeks to reach Europe, instead of the month I previously assumed.

So with a bit of luck you can hold the book in your hands around 5-10 October.

11 Posted by Erik Arvidsson on 21 September 2006 | Permalink

Congratulations. I'm looking forward to reading this. If it is as good as I expect it to be I'll see if I can get this available to everyone here :-)

12 Posted by demimismo on 22 September 2006 | Permalink

I ordered two copies via Amazon.com (one for me and another for a friend) But international shipping is very slow, so I have to wait another month to write a review. Congrats anyway =)

13 Posted by Student on 23 September 2006 | Permalink

I have received book from my Pearson friends in the USA. I skimmed through the book. It looks nice, but it doesn't cover what I hoped. I will donate it to the school library probably.

14 Posted by ppk on 25 September 2006 | Permalink

Thanks, Erik. I doubt whether I can teach you anything, but maybe it's a good book to give to your colleagues, along with your own thoughts.

15 Posted by Andrew Herron on 25 September 2006 | Permalink

Just saw that PeachPit has your book listed in a "Flash" sub-catagory.


16 Posted by Bob H on 26 September 2006 | Permalink

Hi ppk,
Is there a US source with your book in stock?? I ordered on the release date and it was supposed to come this week but now they say maybe by November!?

From Amazon
ppk on JavaScript, 1/e, Peter-Paul Koch (Author)
Updated Shipping Estimate: October 19, 2006 - October 26, 2006
Updated Delivery Estimate: October 26, 2006 - November 8, 2006

17 Posted by Bob Gibson on 27 September 2006 | Permalink

Congratulations on the publication of your first child... uh book. I have had it on backorder from Amazon for quite some time. I anxiously await it's delivery.

Are you going to do any book signing tours? :-)

Good luck on the sales.

18 Posted by Kapitancho on 27 September 2006 | Permalink

Is the book available to buy in PDF format because I am from Bulgaria and the book on paper will have a big shipping cost?

19 Posted by ppk on 27 September 2006 | Permalink

Yes, Peachpit offers a PDF version at http://www.peachpit.com/bookstore/product.asp?isbn=0321489462&rl=1

20 Posted by Kapitancho on 9 October 2006 | Permalink

This peachpit site doesn't do the job.
I follow the process and I get to a point where I get "cannot process.. contact your administrator". I think that there is something buggy in their process of ordering the book. Also they wanted my address which is strange since I am about to download a PDF version and they won't ship me anything.
So if you now any other site where I can buy the PDF version, I will be very happy :)

21 Posted by ppk on 9 October 2006 | Permalink

Sorry, Kapitancho, I have no idea. I was surprised that Peachpit offers the PDF at all.

I suggest you contact Peachpit and ask them for a solution.

22 Posted by Tom Keenan on 17 October 2006 | Permalink

I have had a copy for a few days and am just starting to read it. I'm in Northern California.

23 Posted by Gareth Davis on 28 October 2006 | Permalink

Just got my copy, looks good and I'm looking forward to reading it.

24 Posted by Michal Rok on 31 October 2006 | Permalink

I just got my copy shipped to Poland.

25 Posted by Dan O on 5 November 2006 | Permalink

My first JS book in six years I purchased last week in Austin, Texas.