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The second edition of High Performance MySQL has 27 reviews on Amazon, but the third edition only has 5 so far. By this point I assume many of you have a copy and have read it cover to cover. I’d really appreciate your reviews — when purchasing, people look not only at the star rating but at the number of reviews. You can create a review here. And thanks!
The third edition is now available in ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats. Print format should be available early next week.
O’Reilly isn’t the only excellent tech publisher, but they’re the one whose books most consistently give me pleasure to read. After going through the process of writing two books with them, one of the things that’s struck me is how much they invest into the thankless tasks such as indexing, proofreading, and copyediting their authors’ work.
There are probably many steps in the production process — what happens after the author “finishes” the book — that I know nothing about. But these are areas where I’ve had enough opportunity to see the specialists in action to understand that it’s brutally hard work, which must also be quite expensive for O’Reilly. And yet there are few things that make a book less enjoyable to me than a crappy index, confusing writing, or obvious lack of proofreading.
As an author and a perfectionist, I appreciate O’Reilly’s investments in these areas even more than I used to. I’ve even reviewed a topical book from another publisher that misspelled the product name on the back cover in one-inch-high font! Every time I think about my book, I feel glad that I’m with O’Reilly instead of one of the other publishers who might try to save money by sending my book to the press unpolished.