About the Book
Windows 10 Field Guide is a full-length e-book about the latest version of Microsoft Windows, aimed at those users who will upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, or acquire Windows 10 with a new PC or device.
Windows 10 Field Guide is...
Self-published. We wrote this book ourselves and there's no publishing company to get in the way. Because it's electronic, not paper, we can and will keep it up to date regularly going forward.
Transparent. This book is written and updated transparently and publicly, over time, so you can follow along, download updates, and provide feedback as it is updated. That is, unlike a book that is published traditionally and left to sit (rot?) on a book store's shelves,Windows 10 Field Guide is a living, breathing entity. And it will continue to grow and evolve as Windows 10 does over the coming weeks, months, and years. You get updates for free. For how long? We're not sure yet. Three years? We'll see.
Inexpensive. A traditional technical book about Windows 10 typically retails for $29.99 to $49.99 and is made available in print and e-book formats. But the authors receive only a very small portion of that price. With Windows 10 Field Guide, we are using the pricing model popularized by mobile apps, but with a twist: we're letting you, the reader, pick your price so you can pay more (or less) than our recommended price of $14.99.
Available in multiple formats. So what does $14.99 buy you these days? In this case, it provides you with one or more electronic versions of the book in the following formats: PDF, MOBI and EPUB. Get one, get them all. And get updates they come out.
Not available directly from Kindle or other e-book platforms.Thanks to our previous experiences dealing with these organizations for Windows 8.1 Field Guide, we are only offering this book directly to you, the reader. No worries: it will always work properly with Kindle, Nook, or whatever other e-book software you use. We're just cutting out the middleman. Again.
A how-to and a reference. This book provides tips, how-to's and reference information about Windows 10, and assumes only that you have used some version of Windows previously. But rather than cover every single little checkbox and option in all apps and features, this book focuses on the important stuff, on what's new and what's changed in Windows 10, so you can quickly get up to speed and master this new OS version and be productive as quickly as possible.
Incomplete, by design. Like Windows 10 itself, Windows 10 Field Guide will never really be complete. We are updating the book aggressively going forward, and whenever Microsoft meaningfully updates Windows 10 or its bundled apps. This was a key reason for self-publishing and doing so electronically: We can and will update this book regularly, and it will never be out of date.
Interactive. You're a part of this, too, or at least you can be. We want to hear from you while we're updating the book, and if you have any feedback about what's already written, the topic coverage, the formatting, or whatever, we're listening.
Windows 10 Field Guide is the only Windows book you'll ever need for your PCs, 2-in-1s and tablets. And if it isn't, tell us. We'll fix it.
Thanks for reading. Seriously, we couldn't---and wouldn't---have done this without you.
--- Paul Thurrott, Rafael Rivera and Martin McClean
About the Authors
Paul Thurrott is an award-winning technology journalist and blogger with over 20 years of industry experience and the author of over 25 books. He is the News Director for the Petri IT Knowledgebase, the major domo at Thurrott.com, and the co-host of two tech podcasts:Windows Weekly with Leo Laporte and Mary Jo Foley, and What the Tech with Andrew Zarian. He was formerly the senior technology analyst at Windows IT Pro and the creator of the SuperSite for Windows. You can reach Paul via <em>email</em> or on Twitter at@thurrott.
Rafael Rivera is a software developer for a VAR 500 company where he works on mission critical systems for the United States Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. He is also a certified reverse engineering analyst and takes Windows apart for fun in his free time.
Martin McClean is a computer scientist, electronic engineer and writer. He works as a program manager developing mobile software. He is a huge fan of all things Windows and he loves creating visual content, especially technical posters.