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Asterisk: The Definitive Guide, First Draft Complete!

Today we marked the finishing of Asterisk: The Definitive Guide (3rd Edition) by sending the first draft off to the O’Reilly production team. We finished nearly on schedule (within a few days, which is remarkable considering we added 150 more pages than originally intentioned) and have our favourite copy editor Rachel Head (formerly Wheeler) who did the first edition of Asterisk: The Future of Telephony who we emphatically enjoyed working with. We’re looking forward to it again.

With the draft done now, and the copy sent off to production to do their magic, I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with my mornings! Perhaps I’ll start blogging about some dialplan stuff, or coming up with some sort of project to build. We’ll see! Any suggestions about things to document on my blog are of course welcome.

Don’t stop posting your comments and suggestions to the OFPS site though! ( When the O’Reilly production team is done with the book in a few weeks, we’re going to have time to do additional modifications and editing, so your comments will get addressed then. It’s looking like the estimated shipping date of books for March is realistic at this point.

Thanks for all the support the community has shown us this far. This is going to be by far the best book on Asterisk to date.


Written by Leif Madsen

2011/01/11 at 8:30 pm

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  1. Awesome man! Great work!


    2011/01/13 at 5:42 pm

  2. it’s very useful!!! play up!!!!!


    2011/01/13 at 10:03 pm

  3. I am visually impaired. Will there be an HTML edition of the book? PDF’s are not accessible, and converting a PDF to HTML/text would screw up the formatting of those oh so important code samples. The current edition of the book is online in HTML, and is freely viewable. Not saying I want the book for free, by any means – I would gladly pay for an HTML version.

    James Scholes

    2011/01/14 at 9:38 am

    • After the book is published it will be available in HTML format as it is released under Creative Commons. There should also be a Kindle version from Amazon as well I believe.

      Leif Madsen

      2011/01/14 at 9:55 am

  4. 1st of all, congratulations for a great job!
    2nd #James, why is the actual HTML version not good enough?
    Question is, will ther be an errata sheet after the final editing process, or will corrections be applied directly into the online version, hence not matching the printed one.


    2011/01/14 at 10:02 am

    • Gus: James isn’t saying the HTML version isn’t good enough. He’s asking if an HTML version will be available, either for purchase, or for free. He wants to make sure an HTML compiled version is available.

      We haven’t discussed how we’re going to handle errata yet. I imagine they will be filed through the standard O’Reilly errata interface, so things will work the same way there. What we might want to do is have a copy of the book online that is the same as the print version(s), and then have a “development” version which would be the latest changes beyond the latest print version.

      We’re not that far yet, so I’m just thinking out loud at this point.

      Leif Madsen

      2011/01/14 at 11:11 am

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