The third edition is now available in ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats. Print format should be available early next week.
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O’Reilly has said that the third edition should be available in ebook format around March 10th, and the print edition should be available on or around the 16th.
The third edition of High Performance MySQL will be available in a matter of months. What’s new in this edition?
The third edition has a different focus than the second edition. The second edition presented a lot of information to readers, but no book can provide complete coverage of a topic. Between the second and third editions, we took notes on literally thousands of interesting problems we’ve solved or seen others solve. When we started to outline the third edition, it became clear that not only would full coverage of these topics require three to five thousand pages, but the book still wouldn’t be complete. After reflecting on this problem, we realized that the second edition’s emphasis on deep coverage was actually self-limiting, in the sense that it often didn’t teach readers how to think about MySQL.
As a result, this third edition has a different focus than the second edition. We still convey a lot of information, and we still emphasize the same goals, such as reliability and correctness. But we’ve also tried to imbue the book with a deeper purpose: we want to teach the principles of why MySQL works as it does, not just the facts about how it works. We’ve included illustrative stories and case studies, which demonstrate the principles in action. We build on these to try to answer questions such as, “given MySQL’s internal architecture and operation, what practical effects arise in real usage? Why do those effects matter? How do they make MySQL well suited (or not well suited) for particular needs?”
Ultimately, we hope that your knowledge of MySQL’s internals will help you in situations beyond the scope of the book. And we hope that your newfound insight will help you to learn and practice a methodical approach to designing, maintaining, and troubleshooting systems that are built on MySQL.
If you like reading books online, Scribd is another way you can do it! You can actually read a lot of our book through the preview, without even needing to buy it. Here’s a link.
My fellow authors and I are at the MySQL Conference and Expo 2009, and within minutes of opening the door to the expo hall, the O’Reilly booth sold completely out of our book. What fun!
O’Reilly tells me that translation rights for the book have been purchased in the following languages:
These are agreements with other publishers to essentially reprint it in other languages, as I understand it. In addition to these, of course there is English, and O’Reilly’s German division is supposed to translate it (may have already?) too.
The book has been selling very well–remaining in Amazon’s top 2000 titles–and the first printing has apparently sold out much more quickly than expected. If they had known how soon a second printing would be necessary, they would have printed more. In any case, O’Reilly has worked with us to go well above and beyond the norm for a second printing: not only have we fixed errata, we even went as far as rearranging page breaks and moving figures to improve readability. The second printing is on Monday August 4th.
To clarify, this is a second printing of the second edition, not an entirely new edition. As each print run sells out there will be more printings to meet demand.
The book is also going to be translated into Spanish, Polish, and Portuguese. Further translations may be announced in the future.
The book just keeps selling. We’ve all but sold out of the first printing, in much less time than expected, and we’ve been hovering around sales rank 1000 on Amazon.com for a long time. This continues to amaze me. A second printing is imminent — just as soon as the errata are corrected!