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You can access the bonus material, such as quizzes, exercise solutions, and code challenges at the following URL:

This is your “hub” for accessing all of the book materials, so be sure to check it out. Of course you’ll also find the relevant exercises and quizzes at the end of each section in the book. But the resources page linked above is where you can find it all in one spot.

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The first chapter in the book contains links to the bonus materials—an online learning path, coding exercises and challenges, and interactive quizzes to check your learning progress.

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Hannes Nyberg on Sept. 18, 2019

Exciting :D

groovibe on Nov. 29, 2019

good stuff :)

paulmeek87 on Feb. 8, 2020

i need a hard copy

Ricky White RP Team on Feb. 8, 2020

Hi @paulmeek87, we are in the process of getting a paperback version ready for publishing. Hopefully will be done in a month or two. Hope that helps.

hansenk on March 26, 2020

Will purchasers of the book get a hard copy sent to them when it’s published?

JulioPDX on March 26, 2020

same as hansenk asked. will we get a hard copy? thanks a bunch!

JulioPDX on March 27, 2020

I read the FAQ, no we will not. Will have to purchase a hard copy separately.

Dan Bader RP Team on March 27, 2020

Yep that’s correct. When the paperback version is released it will be a separate purchase from Amazon or your favorite local book store.

avalidzy on March 29, 2020

Very impressed so far!:)

hansenk on March 30, 2020

How much will the hard copy of the book be? Is there a discount for those who’ve already purchased the early access? I’d like to review it as a possible book to use in one of my classes next year.

Dan Bader RP Team on March 30, 2020

Pricing for the hard copy will depend on our printing costs and I will try to have some kind of discount available for early access customers who got the digital version. So stay tuned for further announcements on the email newsletter :)

cairocodes2020 on April 20, 2020

The first step should really be to download the book files. When I went to Start Here > Learning Path each Chapter opens the product page asking me to buy the book again. Not very intuitive for a brand new user.

manasladdha2003 on May 20, 2020

Any updates on the status of the hardcopy?

Dan Bader RP Team on May 20, 2020

COVID-19 pushed us back a little on the paperback version (no point in launching it now as it would take several weeks to deliver). But we’re currently applying the finishing touches on the content and will soon wrap up the early access phase with a full release of the ebook version. Paperback will come out this summer, I can’t wait to hold it in my hands!

Sisyphus on May 31, 2020

Hi Dan,

I guess I didn’t read the fine print. I prefer a paperback version. Is their any way I can change my purchase to apply against a Paper/Hardback when it comes out?

robbuckingham on May 31, 2020

There is a one year money back guarantee @siegelmtx

ahmedbaobaid10 on July 1, 2020

Can I get the hard copy of the book, and does it come with my subscription, its really difficult for me to read from the laptop because my eyes condition.

David Amos RP Team on July 6, 2020

Hi @ahmedbaobaid10. We don’t have hard copies available yet. Hopefully those will be available in a few months.

As far as coming with your subscription goes, the book does not come included with your subscription. It is a separate product.

arthurasatryan2017 on Aug. 28, 2020

Hi there. I am pretty new here in programming. I just purchase the book but i want paperback one. So I am looking forward the book releaseing.I hope those all will help me to become developer of python which is I am very passionate about. Thanks

kihntonyk on Jan. 22, 2021

Great book. I’ve been waiting for the hardcopy for ages.

antlossway on Feb. 13, 2021

I did not find anything about Threading in the book, did I miss out something? Thanks!

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