-Post by Rob Collie
***UPDATE: WOW, this is going a LOT faster than we’d dared to hope! Our initial $3k goal was to offset the color print costs. Our stretch goal is $20k which would cover the cost of the first color print run. If we go even higher, the extra funds will be used to insure that future printings of “DAX 2” will also be in color, and not just this first batch. (Each print run requires its own hefty startup cost). Thanks everyone!!!
Bill’s New Book in Color, DAX 1st Edition in B&W – Which is Easier to Read?
(Help us Make DAX 2nd Edition Look Like the Left Book)
Time to Refresh, Expand, and Clarify the “Classic”
The book I wrote back in 2012 has been through four print runs and continues, to this day, as the #1-selling book on Power Pivot (and perhaps on Power BI as well, by extension). I’m constantly gratified by people’s stories of how that book has been their launching point into the world of Power BI, and by their variety of backgrounds (Accountants, Auditors, CEOs, Developers, Interns, Project Managers…etc.)
But a lot has changed in the 3+ years since the book was written. DAX and Power Pivot themselves have received some significant upgrades. Power BI Desktop has emerged on the scene, as well as PowerBI.com. And just as significantly, we have grown as teachers – both in our understanding of the toolset and in our ability to convey it to others.
So over the past several months, Avi and I have poured ourselves into writing the 2nd edition of that book. The 2nd edition of the book features:
• Current coverage of the Power BI landscape (Power BI Desktop, New DAX functions etc.)
• Complete Edit of the whole book (400+ changes)
• 10 New Chapters: wholly new or completely re-written
• Learning Community Support by regular webinars to discuss book chapters and Q&A with authors
Color? From an Independent Publisher???
Avi and I both share a highly visual teaching style. Visual explanations have the power to “defang” otherwise-difficult concepts: explain them in text and they are intimidating and opaque, but a picture makes you go “oh, THAT’S all it is? That’s not so hard at all!”
So our book would benefit from color printing more than most “technical” books.
But since we essentially self-publish our book, we need to figure out how to bear the higher startup costs of color printing.
We ask for your help – our fellow revolutionaries. Support us in our crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo by pre-ordering book and other perks and help us print the book in full color.
I LOVE sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. A democratization of BI and Analytics goes quite well with a democratized, community-driven funding mechanism.
In exchange for your support, you will receive your copy of the book LONG before Amazon will have them, whether you live in the US or elsewhere.
But additionally, remember those designs we tested out a few weeks back? Those are also included as bonus perks…
These exclusive items will make you the envy of data nerds everywhere
All our perk levels are setup in stair-step fashion (cumulative manner), i.e. a higher level perk always includes all lower levels. As shown in this matrix:-