Dec 10, 2007

Questions on or help for NXT books?


Recently, I received a negative rating on amazon.com for my NXT-related book Advanced NXT: The da Vinci Inventions Book where the reader complained about the comprehensibility of some of the building instructions to him and his students.
Although a negative comment is something any author has to get along with, and although I do agree with him that some of those instructions have their weak points (as a result of the trade-off I was forced to make between the depth of detail and the volume of the book), I am nevertheless grieved that he never contacted me for support on that matter - in the book, I state on various occasions that every reader is welcome to contact me via my contact page and ask for help with points that are unclear to him/her, for other questions, suggestions or in general for any feedback to the book.
Like most authors of books, it is my desire that every reader should not get frustrated but make the best from the book, and hence I try to provide help or answers to any questions that I receive via the contact page (or any other channel) as soon as possible.

So I again encourage everyone of you who has bought the book but feels the need for help: please use that way of contacting me at your leisure.

Same goes for The LEGO(R) MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book: me and my fellow authors are grateful for any hint, suggestion or question you have regarding it - you can use our forum for that (and some readers of the book have already done and received help there).

In general, that appeals to any (NXT) book around: most of the authors have spent a lot of their time, energy and heart on them and want to see their readers taking benefit of their efforts - and after all, you spent your money for a book, so why not use that option?

Thank you,
MP

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Matthias,
I appreciate your post. I've contacted David Purdue regarding his book "The Unofficial GUide" when I was unable to get one of his programs to work properly after I modified it. He has been more than helpful and very prompt in answering my questions!

LEGOmom

Matthias Paul Scholz said...

Thanks LEGOmom!

Just wanted to add that all solutions/support for questions regarding the book readers have asked so far are contained on the associated book's page.
I will upgrade this page whenever new support cases turn up in the future.

Anonymous said...

I have a robot i made but it ignores obsticales. How can i make it so that it the touch sensor bumps something that it will back up and if it doesnt it will keep moving

Matthias Paul Scholz said...

anonymous,
how does that question relate to NXT books?
If you have a general question on NXT programming or design, please direct it to the forum.

Thank you,
MP

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