After announcing only yesterday that the Amazon look inside feature for our new book, My Xbox: Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox LIVE, was active, it turns out that it is now available for purchase and immediate delivery almost everywhere in both paperback and ebook versions, though not every bookseller will have both versions available just yet. For instance, Amazon has the paperback version available right now, but not the Kindle version, while Barnes & Noble has the Nook version available, but not the paperback. The publisher has sent various press and review copies out, so I'll keep you informed as new reviews and coverage rolls in. Besides using the look inside features of sites like Amazon and Safari Books Online, you can go straight to the publisher's Website, Que, and download Chapter 2 in PDF format for free (it also includes the Index; just select the sample from the "Sample Content & TOC" tab), which is the networking chapter. While that's not necessarily the most exciting topic in the book, it will give you a great idea of how visual and helpful the whole book really is, with multiple color images, callouts and diagramming on practically every page.
If you or someone you know thinks that the wealth of features available in the Xbox 360 are a bit overwhelming, this is the book that will finally bring it all together and have it make sense, and, unlike the other Xbox 360 books already out on the subject, this one covers all the latest features, including the new dashboard, so what you see in the book is what you'll see on your console and TV. Here's a high-level overview of the main chapter titles in the book:
01. Getting Started
02. Networking Your Xbox
03. Personalizing Your Xbox Experience
04. Getting to Know Your Xbox
05. Playing on the Games Channel
06. Viewing the Video Channel
07. Tuning into the Music Channel
08. Getting Social with Friends
09. Exploring Social Apps
10. Getting to Know Kinect
11. Using Kinect
Christina and I should be getting our author copies today and I'll try to put some customer images on the Amazon page. Anyway, that should just about wrap everything up for now. Let us know what you think!
Congrats, Bill! This is awesome!
Congrats on the new book! I will have to pick up a copy when I have the ability to do so. I hope it sells incredibly well!
-edit- I just checked out the little preview that Amazon does. I very much like the layout style of the book. It reads well too. I will be picking a copy of it and Dungeons and Desktops up when I get my tax return.
Thanks, Nathaniel (and Matt). Yeah, Que's "My" series books have incredible visual layouts. It's the most work we've ever done on a book by far, but I'm very pleased with the results and will be working with Que on future books in the series.
The Kindle version is now out, finally joining the paperback: http://amzn.to/xvZ14Y
~Well done this looks like a really nice book. Can't believe I am actually in it! Immortalized with my moo-cow-mug! :P
Where's my autographed copy? :P
Happily show it on Matt Chat. This thing really does look AMAZING, guys. Wonderful job.