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Better title: "Surface of WordPress barely scratched"
on 7 December 2012
I wanted to learn how to develop my WordPress site, and this seemed like a promising book: the first two reviews I saw were pretty good (I ordered before Mark Gorman's review above).
I have nothing against self-published books per se, but they say "you can't judge a book by its cover" and that's literally true here, as the cover is thoroughly professional. The book itself is sparse - its layout is rudimentary, the font size is relatively large and the line spacing is set to 1.5 to bulk out the pages. The inclusion of tips from well-known bloggers and e-commerce entrepreneurs is a good idea, but simply cutting and pasting their emails complete with grammar and spelling mistakes rather spoils the effect.
Indeed, the author apologises in advance for grammar and spelling errors, which he really shouldn't have to do (errors include "monazite" for monetize and "loose site" for "lose sight".
My gripe is not just that the text hasn't been proofread, it's that it's simply not especially useful. The author clearly knows something about WordPress but this book doesn't do him any credit - it's more like a random set of hints and tips than a remotely comprehensive guide.
I wish the author well, but I'd respectfully suggest that he should hire an editor and work on distilling his know-how into something less amateur.
I've returned the book to Amazon and will try and find a more useful resource on the subject.