I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who's taken time out to read and comment on We Got Served's OS X Lion Server series, Using OS X Lion Server as a Home Server. It's been our longest feature series to date (13 parts and still only half way through), and has received hundreds of comments from readers interested in experimenting with a Mac Home Server.
Over the last few months, I've had quite a few comments asking for the series to be presented in full in PDF or eBook format – reading through each part of the series is handy for some, but if you want to sit down and work through each guide next to a Mac Server, then there's no substitute for having everything in the one file or document.
I'm very happy to announce that from today, you'll be able to download the Using OS X Lion Server as a Home Server series in both eBook (ePub) and PDF formats, for reading on PC, Mac, Tablet and eBook reader. It's taken a few weeks to research what's required for eBook publishing and then reformat the content here on the website – imagine copying and pasting around 25,000 words from multiple web pages into a word processing app and then inserting hundreds of images and captions into that text. Sounds like fun? (No, it wasn't). But it's done.
I've also taken the decision to make the OS X Lion Server eBook a commercial release, at a (very reasonable) price of £14.99. In truth, whilst I'm really enjoying writing the series, it's been a massive amount of work and when you bring it all together, we basically have all of the content you'd find in a book costing a whole lot more! So, if the series has been useful to you, and you'd like to show a little appreciation for the effort, then I heartily encourage you to pick up a copy of the eBook/PDF edition.
Going forward, the eBook edition will be updated with new chapters, well ahead of any release here on the website, and it's likely that the eBook will have some exclusive chapters that won't be released on the site – that's to say thanks to those donating their hard earned cash. Apologies to all who believe that everything should be free, but I hope you see the work that's gone into the series so far and value the time and energy that's gone into creating it, converting it, and writing the rest of it!
For those purchasing, you'll receive both PDF and ePub versions of the book as a download, and will receive an email announcement of each new chapter as it's published, including a link for the updated download. Think of it a bit like a book club. There's a host of additional content waiting in the wings, including walkthroughs on client backup with Time Machine, remote access via VPN, iCloud integration, support for Back to My Mac, OS X Software Update Services and, of course, removing Lion Server from your Mac (if you wish to revert to a standalone client). That's just for starters! The next chapter, Client Backup via Time Machine, should be released next week, exclusively to eBook purchasers.
So, to support the site and buy Using OS X Lion Server at Home, head over to the WGS store! Please feel free to spread the word to friends and colleagues via your favourite social network too!
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