I made the announcement on my blog, but here’s the text too:
Another reason I’m keen to work with No Starch on this is that they believe in publishing freely available material: we’re going to take the existing manuscript, whip it into shape, make a nice paper book out of it, and merge the changes back into the official documentation. So the improvements will get back to everyone, even those who can’t afford a physical copy.
The authorship credit is to “The Rust Project Developers,” as other people have contributed significantly: we even have an active PR to re-write an entire chapter. Rust is a team effort.
Oh, and one last thing: the profit from the book won’t go to me, it will go to OpenHatch, “a non-profit dedicated to matching prospective free software contributors with communities, tools, and education,” to use their words about it.
I’ll let you know when we’re closer to actually shipping!