Office 365 for IT Pros FAQ

Q: Why should I buy Office 365 for IT Pros?

A: Obviously, we think that Office 365 for IT Pros is the best and most up-to-date book about Office 365 available today. Many other people, including some very-well known commentators on Microsoft like Mary-Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott, consider Office 365 for IT Pros to be unique and something that any IT Pro working with Office 365 should have. In a nutshell, there’s no other book like Office 365 for IT Pros available to cover the architecture, management, and deployment of Microsoft’s Cloud Office System. If you know of one, please tell us!

The price we ask for the book is more than justifiable for the content we deliver across the complete Office 365 platform. We could have a nice business selling books that we update annually. But because we want our material to be as accurate, complete, and timely as possible, we choose the annual subscription model for each edition. This model allows us to release updates monthly and gives us the satisfaction of knowing that if Microsoft releases something new in Office 365, we can cover it in the next update. We also correct mistakes, improve our writing, and generally tidy things up as we go along. The ePublishing platform allows us to do all of this pretty efficiently.

From a buyer’s perspective, you don’t get text frozen at a certain point in time like you do with other books. You get every update we release for the edition you buy. In fact, because we integrate our updates into the book, each time we issue updates, you get a completely new book. In addition, you also get the chance to subscribe at a big discount for the next edition. Just look at our change log to understand how much work and effort goes into keeping Office 365 for IT Pros updated and you’ll know what a bargain this book really is.

Q: How should I use Office 365 for IT Pros?

A: Office 365 for IT Pros is written to be useful to you in multiple ways. You can read it cover to cover, and learn a lot about Office 365 along the way. Or you can use it as a reference, dipping into different sections as you encounter deployment and support scenarios on the job.​

Q: How can I buy Office 365 for IT Pros?

Head over to our book versions and prices page for the latest information about what we have available. We sincerely appreciate each and every subscription because it’s the support given by our subscribers is what keeps us going.

Please use one of the browsers supported by Gumroad to make your purpose. Old versions of Internet Explorer just won’t work!

Q: How do I get the PDF and EPUB versions?

A: We use Gumroad.com (based in San Francisco, CA) to distribute our PDF and EPUB versions. When you buy a book, please remember to create an account on the Gumroad site so that you can continue to access updates as we release new files. If you forgot to create an account, you can go back to Gumroad and create one. You will then be able to return to your Gumroad account to fetch the latest updates.

Your subscription gives access four files – PDF and EPUB versions of both the main book and companion volume. The receipt you get from Gumroad includes a Download link (see below) to download the files. If you click Copy Link Address in your browser, you’ll see that the Download link is in the form https://gumroad.com/d/201c497120603fde7a3972aac00d5c01. If you copy and keep this link safe, you can use it to access your book at any time.

Click Download to access the Office 365 for IT Pros book files

We send email to tell subscribers when updates are available, but you won’t get these messages if you unsubscribe for updates from Gumroad. Even if you do unsubscribe for messages sent by us, you can always go to your account to get the latest available files.

We’ve received some notes from people whose update notifications end up in their junk email folder. Please check there if you can’t find them in the inbox. It’s a good idea to make Gumroad.com and Office365itpros.com trusted senders so that email sent from these domains is treated as such and not directed into junk mail.

Q: I didn’t set up a Gumroad account. How do I get updates?

A: You can always download the latest files using the Download link in your receipt even if you didn’t create a Gumroad account. By the way, please include a real email address in your contact details. If you don’t, you won’t be able to receive notifications when updated book files are available and you won’t receive discounts when new editions are released.

Q: Can I get an invoice when I buy Office 365 for IT Pros?

A: Yes. Follow Gumroad’s directions to create an invoice.

Q: Are updates to Office 365 for IT Pros free?

A: ​Updates and corrections to the current edition are made available to subscribers of that edition free of charge. For example, the subscribers to the 2019 edition (published in July 2018) received updates for as long as that edition was current. When we released the 2020 Edition in July 2019, our subscribers were given a chance to renew their subscription to continue with the 2020 edition for the very reasonable sum of $14.95.

Thanks to sponsorship from Quadrotech, subscribers who bought full-price ($49.95) copies of the 2019 edition in May and June 2019 will receive complimentary upgrades to the 2020 edition. As noted below, the upgrade offer does not cover the Kindle version of the book.

Please remember to provide Gumroad with a valid email address when you buy the book. If you don’t, we won’t be able to contact you with news about updated files. Also, when we issue a new edition, we won’t be able to send you details of the code needed to extend your subscription to cover that edition.

Q: I bought a copy of the EPUB/PDF version. How do I get updates when they are released?

Subscribers to the EPUB/PDF version can always log onto their Gumroad.com account to download the latest available files. This is the easiest way if you can remember the name of the Gumroad account you created.

You can always fetch the latest Office 365 for IT Pros ebook files from your Gumroad account
You can always fetch the latest book files from your Gumroad account
Click Download to access the book files

You now see the four files (two for the main book – EPUB and PDF, two for the companion volume – EPUB and PDF). Click Download to download the file you want.

How to download the Office 365 for IT Pros eBook files
How to download the Office 365 for IT Pros eBook files

Q: Is there an Amazon Kindle version of Office 365 for IT Pros?​

A: Yes, Office 365 for IT Pros is available in the Amazon Kindle store. The companion volume is also available on Kindle. Please be aware that customers who buy Kindle books do not receive the same frequency of update notifications due to limitations with Amazon’s publishing processes. We ask Amazon to notify purchasers when we post updated files to the Kindle publishing process, but Amazon makes the call as to when and if they tell people that new files are available. This article offers some good tips as to how to fetch Kindle updates.

Every edition of Office 365 for IT Pros has a different ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number). For instance, the 2020 edition has the ASIN B07TRXSXTR. If you bought a Kindle book with that ASIN, you can benefit from the updates to the 2020 edition, but you can’t update your book to a new edition after it is released.

In addition, we can’t offer Kindle subscribers the same kind of upgrade offers from one edition to another as we can for PDF/EPUB subscribers. Amazon takes 70% of the book price and that removes a lot of flexibility. It is possible to read PDF files on Kindle and this is a way to preserve the ability to get updates faster and receive offers for new releases (here’s another how-to article explaining how to transfer PDFs to a Kindle). It’s also much easier to search the PDF than it is to look for something in a Kindle eBook.

Some have also suggested that if you want to read on Kindle, you should use the Caliber eBook program to convert the EPUB file to MOBI format. There are also many online sites that will do the job, including these: Convert-Online and Zamzar.

Q: How do I get updates for the Kindle version?

If you buy a Kindle version from Amazon, you can download free updates from Amazon.com. You do this from the Amazon site by going to Manage Content and Devices, select the book, and click on Update Available. Amazon can sometimes be slow at making updates available through this route (they want to avoid lots of extra downloads, so they force authors to go through hoops before they release an update). If an update doesn’t show up, you might have to ask Amazon support to delete the entry in your list and get a refreshed copy of the book.

Q: What are the big differences between the 5th and 6th (2020) editions of Office 365 for IT Pros?

A: First, there’s lots of new content, like the new chapter on Stream (14). Second, we have gone through every chapter to update the content, including all the parts that sometimes slip through our regular reviews. Third, we have added new content to the existing chapters to make sure that everything is bang up to date. Fourth, as we added new content, we took the opportunity to consolidate and reorganize the flow of the book so that it works better. See our article about the release of the 2020 Edition for more information.

Q: Can I upload Office 365 for IT Pros to Google Play?

A: You can. We recommend that you upload the PDF version to Google Play as some people have had problems processing the EPUB version. Bizarrely, if you convert the EPUB to MOBI format and back again to EPUB using an online file converter like https://www.online-convert.com, Google Play is happy to load it.

Q: Is a print version of Office 365 for IT Pros available?

A: No, we have no plans to offer a print version of the book. Due to the frequent updates to eBook content we have found that it would be impossible to maintain updates for a print version as well. Furthermore, customers who purchase a print copy would not be able to receive the updates that eBook customers get.​

Q: Can I print the PDF version of the book?

A: Absolutely, if you have enough paper to hand. The current book is around 1,100 pages long, so it takes a lot of paper and ink to print – but you can do it and some people do.

Q: What if I think something is missing from Office 365 for IT Pros?

A: We welcome all feedback from readers, whether it be a mistake that we made, a topic that you think should be covered in more detail, or some topic relating to Office 365 that we are missing in the book. In all instances, you can send email to bookcomments@office365itpros.com to share your comments and ideas. We’ll consider your input and decide if we can fit in the coverage alongside the nearly 1,400 pages of content in the main and companion volumes. If we do go ahead and accept a request to cover a new topic, it’ll appear in a future update that we will make available to all current subscribers.

Q: Why should I buy a book like Office 365 for IT Pros – isn’t everything about Office 365 free to read on the Internet?

A: It’s true that a lot of information about Office 365 is available to read free of charge on the internet, including the fine material published on this site. We don’t intend to compete with what you can read from Microsoft or in blogs. What we offer is curated, up-to-date information that we think is important and valuable. We apply our own insight and experience to that information to highlight things that we believe Office 365 administrators and architects should understand, and we provide a lot of practical advice. And we keep on updating the material to make sure that it takes account of changes Microsoft makes to Office 365 (most, if any, blogs don’t do this, so they can be horribly outdated and just plain wrong). You have to put your own value on that work. We think that $49.95 is pretty reasonable. Think of it this way. If you employ a consultant to help with Office 365, they’ll probably charge you a considerable daily fee. Let’s use $1,000/day as an example – our book is 5% of that fee, and it’s updated all the time. We think you’ll get more value out of the 5% you spend with us (seven experienced MVPs) than the first 5% of a consultant’s day with you (24 minutes of an eight-hour day).

Another way of looking at the issue is to consider how long it would take anyone to figure out some of the scripts that we include in the book. If a single script saves you a couple of hours of work, the book has paid for itself. And we have lots of scripts in the book.

Q: I bought an older version of Office 365 for IT Pros. What can I do to upgrade?

When a new edition is published, it contains significant amounts of new content (such as brand new features in Office 365). To make the transition easy, we offer subscribers a discount to upgrade to the new edition during the first few months after the publication of the new edition. Once this time has passed, the upgrade offer lapses and we’re afraid that you must buy a brand new copy.

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