Minor update to the eBook version of Delphi XE2 Foundations

Just a quick ‘heads up’ to say a (very) minor revision of the Kindle edition of my book, Delphi XE2 Foundations, is now available. This corrects some typos in the original version, but as nothing substantive has changed, it isn’t necessary to update. Further, if you have bought one of the eBook parts this month (July), it is probable you already have the corrected version. This is because it has actually been out for a few weeks – I’ve just been waiting for Amazon to make it available to people who bought a part previously.

If at the start of the eBook the copyright page says ‘Updated 30 June 2012’, then you have the most recent version (the printed version won’t, since it had the corrections in question at the outset). Otherwise, you can upgrade by going to the ‘Manage Your Kindle’ page on Amazon’s website; an ‘update available’ link should then be visible:

Having chosen the option to update, the book should re-download when you next open your app or device. For myself, I found the book ‘disappeared’ in the Mac app after it had finished being re-downloaded, however simply closing and reopening the app fixed that. Also, please be aware that a side effect of upgrading will may be the loss of any annotations or notes made in the original version.

As an aside, various Kindle apps and devices have themselves had software or firmware updates from Amazon in the past couple of months. I would recommend upgrading to anyone affected. Of the Kindle apps for Windows and OS X, v1.9.x was better than v1.8.x, and v.10.x (current at my time of writing) finally supports the entire CSS subset supported by the Kindle Fire (under the hood, an eBook is composed of HTML and CSS, like a webpage). For example, here’s a page from my book in v1.8.1 of the desktop app (OS X, but Windows was similar):

And here’s the exact same page in v1.10.0:

The desktop apps supposedly auto-update, but I haven’t found that to be the case – I’ve needed to manually download and reinstall.

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2 thoughts on “Minor update to the eBook version of Delphi XE2 Foundations

  1. Chris,
    If I understand Amazon’s notice right
    “A corrected version of this book is available.

    The previous version will be replaced with the corrected version.

    Before clicking update, please be sure the wireless and Annotations Backup settings are turned on for each of your devices. Doing so will retain any highlights, notes, and furthest page read. You can check and adjust your Annotations Backup settings by navigating to the settings menu on your device. For further help with modifying settings, go to http://www.amazon.com/kindlesupport and check the help pages for the devices or applications you are using.”
    all annotations&highlights are safe with Annotations Backup setting turned on. Actually, I haven’t made any highlights in the book to test.

    • “Actually, I haven’t made any highlights in the book to test.”

      Same here! Amazon may have recently changed the behaviour, I don’t know to be honest. However, they will not email customers saying a new book update is available if the update is only a minor one (hence my blog post announcing it instead – similar to selling through an app store, I don’t get customer lists), which makes me suspicious…

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