Free Books, Just For The Asking

I’m clearing my bookshelves and have four books that I was planning to trash (since the local library doesn’t want them). Then I thought, what the heck, give ‘em away on the blog.

So, forthwith, I have the following four books available:

Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual (1998 Edition): This is a reference book used by reporters to ensure they spell things correctly, use words properly, capitalize appropriately, etc. I am replacing it with the latest edition; this one is still useful, especially for the casual writer.

Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Step by Step (Step By Step (Microsoft)): An excellent book for the beginning programmer who wants to get up to speed quickly. It teaches you how to program by getting you to make real programs that employ each chapter’s lesson. Includes a CD-ROM with source code. I’m using Visual Studi0 2008, and this is mostly relevant, but I’ve pretty much outgrown its message.

Microsoft Expression Web Step by Step (Microsoft): Like the book above, teaches you how to use Expression Web with real-world examples you can employ. (This is the first edition of the book, not the one for Expression Web 2.) Also includes a CD-ROM with sample code. I got this as a gift but I don’t use Expression Web.

Professional ASP.NET 2.0 (Programmer to Programmer): An extremely big book that pretty much covers every aspect of ASP.NET 2.0 programming. Heavily thumbed but still in very good shape. I’ve used it for reference for a number of years and highly recommend it for programmers who are familiar with .NET programming but not ASP.NET, or for other experienced programmers who want a good desk reference. This one really isn’t appropriate for beginners.

These books are first-come, first-served and will be sent by media mail to US addresses only (be advised that media mail can take up to three weeks to arrive). I will pay the shipping; it’s totally free.

If you would like one of these books, post a comment on this blog with your real e-mail address. Provide me with the name of the book you want and a reason you want it. The first reason I like for each book will be contacted by e-mail for shipping info. This will continue until all four books are gone.


  1. says

    This post is a little old, but I don’t suppose the Professional ASP.NET 2.0 (Programmer to Programmer) book is still available. Email me at if it is and tell me what I need to do. I need it for my Dad and I both, he’s taking courses on ASP.NET and C# paid for by his company so he can be certified and I need ASP.NET and C# for when I finish PHP and MySQL.

    Thank you for your time,


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