Android for Programmers has just been published and we received a question about the print vs. online content for the book. I wanted to take a moment to explain why the book has 14 print chapters and why the others are online and not part of the Kindle book.
The original book had a strict print page-count limit and was only supposed to be only 14 chapters. As we developed the book, we determined that there were several other Android topics that we wanted to cover, so we decided with our editor to provide these as online value-added content. There's NO additional charge for these chapters. They'll be available to anyone who purchases the print or e-book versions of the book.
The additional online chapters are not yet complete, but we're working on them now. If you purchase an e-book version of the book, this is the reason that the online chapters are not yet included. As we send each chapter to review, a draft version will be posted on the book's webpage at http://www.informit.com. These will be replaced with final versions after we apply the reviewer comments.
According to Amazon, once we update the Kindle version of the book, purchasers of this version will automatically be asked if they want to opt-in to receiving the updated version of the book. Amazon requires you to opt-in, because apparently there's no way to transfer your notes and highlights to the updated book.
When the remaining chapters are finalized, they'll be posted on the book's webpage at http://www.informit.com in epub and PDF formats. Please be patient with us as it will take us some time to complete these.
For Kindle users, Informit provides instructions at http://www.informit.com/store/ebook-formats/kindle.aspx that show you how to convert the epub format additional chapters into Kindle format and install them on your Kindle as a separate book. This will allow you to keep your highlights and notes on your original purchase. If you don't care about these, then you can simply opt-in to the updated book once it's released to amazon with the remaining 5 chapters.
As many of you now know, since we sent the book to publication, Google released Android 4. So now, in addition to the 5 value-added online chapters that we're already working on, we're also developing 1-3 additional chapters that will introduce Android 4 features. We've begun this process by posting an Android 4 Resource Center at http://www.deitel.com/ResourceCenters/Programming/Android4/tabid/3630/Default.aspx. Later this fall we'll post the Android 4 chapter(s) as online bonus content.
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