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A few weeks ago I blogged that I was going to give away 9 copies of my book, You want to do WHAT with PHP?  Well, today is the day to start.  There are a few ways you can win.

  1. Tweet this page.  You can use the kudos link on the top right of the page, retweet it, or tweet it on your own, but it MUST be under the hashtag of #ywtdwwphp.  If you use the kudos link, that tag will be automatically added to your tweet. That is how I am tracking who to put into the random drawing.  I will be making my drawing around 12:00 noon, central time, on Friday, November 12th.  That's tomorrow.
  2. Join my Facebook page for the book.  Around the same time I do the drawing from Twitter I will be choosing a random person from all of the people who like my Facebook page.
  3. If you are part of a user group AND the user group has a member library, have the user group maintainer email me.  The information that I receive MUST match the Zend local user group information.  I will make that drawing on Wednesday of next week

I will do this three times over the next three weeks since the publisher gave me 9 copies to give away.

One last thing, you are getting the book for free but you will need to still pay shipping costs if you win.  USPS estimates about $13 to ship almost everywhere.  Cheaper in the U.S.  But, I will use any shipping method that you like.  For example, if you wanted something with a tracking number.  So, before you retweet make sure that you a) know what it will cost to ship to your address, and b) are willing to do that.  I will accept PayPal to cover the shipping costs.  If you win, but don't want to cover shipping costs I will politely thank you for entering, and run the random person selector again.

If you want to increase your odds of winning both RT this page and join my Facebook page.

If you want to, or need to, contact me, email me at [email protected].

Good luck!!

You want to do WHAT with PHP? GIVEAWAY


I just got my copies of my book "You want to do WHAT with PHP?" today.  During my conversations with MCPress, my publisher, I had asked for 3 copies to do a social media promotion and they agreed.  I posted that I would be giving away 3 copies on Twitter and got a whole bunch of "I WANTS".  So I asked my publisher for more copies to give away and they agreed to another 6. So that is a total of 9 copies I have avaialble to give away.

Now the problem I have is; how do I give them away.  So here's what I'm thinking.  First of all, I'd like to open it up to everyone around the world.  But shipping 9 copies of a book to Timbuktu can get expensive, so I will ask that anybody who wins be willing to pay for shipping from my address in the U.S. to the address where you want to receive it.  I believe it will fit into a USPS international mail envelope which looks like it costs $13US to ship anywhere in the world (I tried the UK, India and China and all came up as $13).  So it doesn't look horribly unreasonable.  If the actual shipping costs end up being more I'll give you the option of deciding.

So, with 9 books I'm thinking of splitting it into 3 categories with 3 winners each.  I would split up the winners over the course of three weeks, announcing the winners on each Friday (or thereabouts).  The standard exclusions would apply; family, friends, coworkers (sorry all you Zenders!).  The categories would be:

1) User groups libraries.  What I would do is have the user group leaders submit their group to me via Twitter, Facebook or email.  I would have to verify that it is an actual user group and so I would check it against the list that Zend maintains.  I, technically, manage that list so if you want your user group on it contact me now. 

2) Twitterers.  I will have a blog post that, for you to enter, all you would need to do is retweet the link to the page that I post (and be willing to pay for shipping).

3) Facebookers.  I have a fan page for the book.  I would choose 3 random "Likers" from that page to win a copy of the book.  To win, just "Like" the page and be willing to pay postage.

How does that sound?  If you think it's dumb feel free to make alternate suggestions in the comments.

UPDATED: I would also be willing to accept PayPal to cover shipping charges

UPDATE #2: My twitter handle is kpschrade