If you’ve purchased my new book, Using Microsoft Visio 2010, or are contemplating purchasing it, you’ll be pleased to know that it comes with a free web edition. This allows you to not only watch the companion videos and listen to the audio snippets, but also conveniently access the entire book electronically, in full color!
Not surprisingly, I think Using Microsoft Visio 2010 is full of fantastic content and at around $15 is a great value. The book offers over 400 pages of tips, tricks, techniques, practice and wisdom that will make you a power user. And it comes with 37 video files and 11 audio files that add an exciting dynamic dimension.
One drawback of the lower price, however, is that the print edition is in black-and-white. Color printing, while becoming more commonplace everyday, still adds considerable cost to a publication.
Luckily, the free web edition also offers full access to the book in spectacular color, along with in-place, one-click links to those media files. I enjoy perusing the book in all its vibrancy on my iPad 2, and find that it works wonderfully–and yes, the videos do play on the i-Pad!
Getting to the Web Edition
While getting to the Web Edition isn’t hard, there are hoops to jump through. The key concept is to know that the content is hosted by Safari Books Online, not Que Publishing. You need a Safari Books Online account to get at the goodies, but never fear: if you have a Safari account already, you should be able to link this when you register your book, otherwise, a free account is created for you automatically when you register with Que.
Once I an account with setup with Que, and the book was registered, I was able to go to my.safaribooksonline.com, sign in with those same account credentials, and get the online book plus media elements.
Let’s take a look at the process for registering and accessing the Web Edition of Using Microsoft Visi0 2010.
1. Start Here
On the back of the book, you’ll see near the bottom UNLOCK THE FREE WEB EDITION! With subtext To register your USING book, visit quepublishing.com/using.
Notice the big yellow button on the right, that entices you to Get access to the web edition, video tutorials + web + audio sidebars.
Below the registration button, notice also two additional links to help you if you get stuck:
The FAQ lots of helpful info, including what to do if you’ve purchased the Kindle Edition.
2. Create an Account by Entering Registration Information
After clicking the big yellow Register button, you are taken to a typical “create an account” page that asks for the usual tidbits, like name, e-mail address and password.
After filling in this info and clicking a few check-boxes for something you haven’t read, but agree to, you’ll receive a nice e-mail from Que Publishing, entitled Que Publishing Account Creation. This asks you to verify your e-mail address by clicking a link. It also offers a summary of your account information, and possibly a limited-time coupon on other Que products. More bonuses!
3. Log-in, then Log-in Again
With a verified account, you can now log-in to the QUE site and register your book. You are asked to register a product by entering the ISBN number for it. These are located in a white box in the lower-right corner on the back of the book. My book has the 13 and 10 digit versions:
- ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-4297-1
- ISBN-10: 0-7897-4297-7
Once I entered the ISBN-13 number, was taken to my Account page:
Once you’re in, you should see the familiar, sky-blue book in your Safari library:
Click again and you get glorious on-line access to the book, the videos and the audio files.
4. Enjoy the Web Edition!
In addition to color and media elements, the Web Edition has the features that make the internet so wonderful, namely links and search. If you like the videos, there’s even a Media Table of Contents to take you straight to the animated bits:
You can also play the directly from within the text:
Voila! The video starts to play and you can relax your reading muscles for a few minutes!
If you’ve purchased the book and enjoyed it, I’d love to know what you think. Hop over to Amazon and leave me a few stars, and some comments that will help others make an informed decision to purchase: