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Watching book sales

Now that stocks seem to be more plentiful, I've been watching the sales of Mono: A Developer's Notebook on Amazon. It's been a cause of some joy and some confusion.

First, the joy: watching the book soar to #5 in the Computers and Internet best seller list on Friday.

Rank 5 on Amazon Computers and Internet best seller list

Second, the confusion. Amazon appeared to run out of stock at one point, sending us plummeting out of the limelight. (Happily, they appeared to get some more books delivered.) I don't really know enough about how it all works, but it looks like sales are profoundly influenced by the availability text. If something's not available for shipping within 24 hours, it seems that consumers will go elsewhere. I think that I've now learned not to rely on Amazon sales rank to boost my ego.

On the positive side, Amazon UK now have the book available for shipping within 24 hours. At an astoundingly cheap price, too. It's almost cheaper than buying a couple of beers in London. (I'm told that if you find the right places, there is such a thing as realistically priced beer in London, but I've personally never encountered it.)

What to write next?

Given the warm reception of the Mono book, I'm currently contemplating what to do next. Everyone seems to like the new developer's notebook format and it was certainly a lot of fun to write. Given that, I think I'd like my next book to be part of the same series.

As much as I'd like to post my ideas here, no publisher would thank me for giving the competition a head start. However, I'd love to hear feedback about what should be covered next in the Mono world (or maybe even a different topic entirely!)

Update on Linux Fashion Parade

I've had some great suggestions in response to my Linux Fashion Parade piece, and also requests for URLs linking to the pieces of software I mentioned. It seems that quite a lot of people who use Linux anyway hadn't heard of some of the software, which further reinforces my impression that there's a big PR job to do on desktop Linux aimed at those who don't use it yet.

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