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Sales Totals for Core PHP and Core MySQL

Long, long ago, I wrote a book about PHP. Actually, it was the first book about PHP. And it was a success. It lead to two more editions and another book about MySQL. Zeev, Andi and Monte each graciously helped with reviews, writing and endorsements. Being a best-selling author of the first PHP book has been great for landing gigs. Facing a range of criticism, especially in Amazon reviews, was a valuable learning experience.

Having last published a book in 2003, you might guess that sales have dropped off. The royalty checks are small. Even though the effort to write the books was immense, the rewards more than made up for it, especially for the first edition Core PHP. Despite diminishing returns, I might have continued the pattern of writing a new edition for each major version of PHP, but better books came out and PHP 6 never did.

As a perspective-setter, I offer all-time sales totals for the four books I wrote.

  • Core PHP 1/e (1999): 19,448
  • Core PHP 2/e (2000): 16,714
  • Core MySQL (2002): 5,773
  • Core PHP 3/e (2003): 11,456


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Core PHP Programming in Google Books

Google Alert just informed me that Core PHP is available for preview in Google Books. It’s an interesting dynamic. It hints that it’s just a preview. I can’t tell if not every page is available or what. But from a practical sense, electronic versions of the book are widespread. I regularly get alerts for links to the book from book blogs. And you’ll find it on the pirate bay separately as well as in gigantic collections of the best technical books. Google makes it easy for people to click to buy the book, but I get a little extra money if people buy through my Amazon affiliate link here on my site.

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“Angels sing when I open [Core PHP]”

I love it when I read comments about my books that go like the following.

I also picked up Core PHP Programming (3rd edition) by Leon Atkinson and Zeev Suraski (Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference. Angels sing when I open it. Pithy, example-driven text. The binding and page layout are beautiful as well!

(From the Renaissance Geek blog.)