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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Final C&B Talk Announced

I just announced the final talk I'll be giving at this year's C++ and Beyond. It's Secrets of the C++11 Threading API.  Like my other talks, it's a new presentation covering new information I've never written, blogged, or spoken about before. (Okay, there may be some tiny overlap.  For example, in my Effective C++11 talk, I'm going to offer a more detailed analysis of the issues I raised in my blog post, std::string, SSO, and Move Semantics.)

The full slate of talks I'll be giving at C&B in August is:
In addition, I'll be participating in panel discussions and Q&A sessions with Herb Sutter and Andrei Alexandrescu on these topics:
For the talks Andrei and Herb will be giving, check out the C&B schedule. I think you'll find that the mix of talks this year is especially compelling, even by C&B standards.

Registration for C++ and Beyond continues through the end of July, but we're nearly 3/4th full, and once all the seats are gone, they're gone.  In addition, the discounted room rate for C&B attendees expires on July 6, so if you're interested in being part of the premier C++ event of 2012 (at least among those being held in Asheville, NC, in August :-}), I encourage you to sign up sooner rather than later.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

35% Discount Code for my Digital Book Bundle

Today I got email from my publisher regarding the bundled electronic versions of my books:
Only informIT.com offers this collection in both PDF and ePub formats, together for one price. PRE-ORDER TODAY and SAVE 35% off the list price.
Enter the coupon code MEYERS8627 during checkout to receive your discount. Offer expires June 21, 2012.
The list price of the bundle is $95.99, but, from what I can tell, the "normal" pre-order price is $76.79.  The email says that with the code, the price drops to $62.40.

I don't know if I'm supposed to share this coupon code with you, but the email didn't say I shouldn't, so here you go :-)

In my original post about this digital book bundle, I noted that I had not had a chance to review the product, and that's still the case.  (They tell me I'll get a copy once they're sure it's ready to ship, which I think is quite reasonable.)  I've also not tested the discount code mentioned above.  But I have no reason to think that the bundle is anything less than it's advertised to be, nor do I have a reason to doubt the authenticity of the coupon code. 

If you're interested in having electronic copies of my books for only about $20 each, this looks like a good way to get them.


PS - My wife suggests you buy as many copies as you can afford.  My editor wonders whether it'd really be such a hardship if you were to buy a few more than you can afford :-)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

New Digital Bundle of my Books

I recently received this message:
Hi Scott,

I was looking through the books at InformIT.com and was checking to see if the promotion for buying all of your Effective C++ books together was still active and found this instead:

Are those updated versions of your books, or is that one SKU for all three existing books in that series?
I replied:
This is a single SKU for digital editions of all my existing books.  The content of the books is the same as the current editions of the printed books. I was not actually aware that this SKU had been put online, though I knew it was in the planning stages.
Shortly thereafter, I got mail from my publisher:
Your eBook digital collection is now available for pre-order. You can feel free to start pointing folks to http://www.informit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0133068625 now!
Consider yourselves pointed.

My books have been available in PDF for over three years (per this post from Feburary 2009), but, as far as I know, this is the first time they've been made available as a bundle of all three books in both PDF and ePub formats. I have not yet had a chance to examine this bundle myself (the author is always the last to know...), but when I announced the PDF versions in February 2009, I wrote:
[The PDFs are] DRM-free and chock-full of linked navigation in all the ways I believe you have a right to expect: tables of contents, indices, cross-references, URLs, mailtos, the whole nine yards.
To the best of my knowledge, all those features are still present.  For all I know, so are a whole bunch more.  Once I get my hands on the digital bundle and take a look at it, I'll let you know for sure.