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Book Review: Learn to Program with Minecraft by Craig Richardson

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jimfordbroadcom
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Re: Cost of learning
jimfordbroadcom   3/11/2016 8:20:08 PM
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@antedeluvian, LOL!  Hopefully your book is good for more than just being a doorstop!

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antedeluvian   3/9/2016 11:18:14 AM
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Max

-- They've opened doors for me

I don't think mine opened any doors, but now it keeps them open- it makes a great door stop!

 

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Clive"Max"Maxfield   3/9/2016 11:12:27 AM
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@antedeluvian: ...Writing technical books/articles for money is a mug's game...

There is always the exception that proves the rule .. but they are very rare.

On the other hand, I'm happy I did write my books:

-- They made my mom proud

-- They've opened doors for me

-- I got a lot of personal satisfaction from them

-- I use them for reference now my memory is fading LOL

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antedeluvian   3/9/2016 11:08:55 AM
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Max

I've been on the other side of this -- I've had several books published and barely made anything out of it.



Absolutely. I made more money out of 3 articles for a magazine (about 12 pages) than a 400 page book. Even in the case of the former, if you calculate the earnings per hour, it is less than minimum wage.

Writing technical books/articles only for money is a mug's game.

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Max The Magnificent   3/9/2016 10:48:22 AM
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@Crusty: ...but even the Kindle version is £11.56 or second hand around £11.00.

I've been on the other side of this -- I've had several books published and barely made anything out of it.

Let's say a book is on the shelf at $30 -- the publisher actually probably only gets around 50% of that after discounting it and shiping it to stores and suchlike. Meanwhile, the author will be lucky to get 15% of the publisher's net -- so that's 15% of 50% of $30

When you consider thge amount of time it takes to write a book like thsi, $30 is actually an amazingly good deal. 

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Max The Magnificent   3/9/2016 10:44:32 AM
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@David: ...which will be about 0.1% of them I reckon...

Sad but true...

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David Ashton   3/9/2016 4:40:15 AM
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Too true, Crusty, that is expensive for a book like this.  High prices, especially for the e-book, will only encourage piracy and then everyone loses.

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Cost of learning
Crusty1   3/9/2016 3:41:05 AM
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Good review and it looks like a good way to get into understanding Python, but even the Kindle version is £11.56 or second hand around £11.00 .

This brings me to the main reason only a few of David's young beginners will get into programming technical books are just so expensive especially if you are buying on a private budget.

I can source hardware or a DVD's or a months phone time with thie cost of this book.

Why are text books so high priced especially if e-books are so easily distributed?

If we want young engineers they have to have cheap and good learning resources.

What do the rest of you think.

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David Ashton   3/8/2016 6:13:50 PM
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"Just about every teenager I know is familiar with Minecraft. For any of them who has an interest in learning how to program....."

...which will be about 0.1% of them I reckon.

It does look to be a good book though.

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