(And yes, signed up.)
Update: By "corp. involvement" I'm not suggesting this is a shill for Gumroad and Mailchimp, but rather it's interesting they see enough potential in this sector to agree to sponsor this. Also it is an interesting wrinkle on the self-publishing / info product phenomenon to get sponsors for your book.
Personally, I hope it doesn't become 'mainstream' otherwise every Tom, Dick and Harry who thinks they can write will be churning out their own 'masterpiece', and then wondering why no-one is interested in it. There is something to be said for budding authors to get their 10,000 hours in in 'publishing silence', and then produce something actually worthwhile reading.
That said, if someone has produced a guide that will benefit good writers that otherwise might flounder a bit with the self-publication process, more power to them. And the creator of this approach does note, to his credit, that this won't make you a better writer. I wonder how many will take serious note of this point!
I consider myself pretty knowledgeable with Google App Engine (built 2 websites with it). I'm thinking of writing a (self-published) book on the topic. In my dev, I use Scala and CoffeeScript+AngularJS. My questions are:
(1) Is App Engine too small to worth writing?
(2) Should I include "beginning Scala and CoffeeScript+AngularJS" (which means will be OOT and take significantly more effort to write)?
(3) But if I don't include them, wouldn't that significantly limit my target market? (people who use Scala and CoffeeScript+AngularJS on App Engine)
Maybe App Engine Development with Scala. And then the coffeescript and angular as a separate book or a short appendix.
You should rethink the whole pitch because it fails to deliver the main point.
Nice design though.
Best wishes, and thanks.
PS. So far it's super slick, and I can't wait to get started.