Not taking the hint I chose to write and publish it on my own anyway. It is now available on this web page for the price of 29.95€ plus a tax that depends on the country of purchase. Some countries which have unreasonable requirements for foreign online sellers such as India, Russia and South Korea have been geoblocked. Sorry about that. However you can still buy the book if you are traveling outside the country in question, but in that case all tax responsibilities for importing fall upon you.
What if you don't care about books?
I don't have a Patreon or any other crowdfunding thing ongoing, because of the considerable legal uncertainties of running a donation based service for the public good in Finland. Selling digital goods for money is fine, so this is a convenient way for people to support my work on Meson financially.
Will the book be made available under a free license?
No. We already have one set of free documentation on the project web site. Everyone is free to use and contribute that documentation. This book contains no text from the existing documentation, it is all new and written from scratch.
Is it available as a hard copy?
No, the only available format is PDF. This is both to save trees and because international shipping of physical items is both time consuming and expensive.
Getting review copies
If you are a journalist and wish to write a review of the book for a publication, send me an email and I'll provide you with a free review copy.
When was the book first made public?
It was announced at the very beginning of my LCA2020 talk. See it for yourself in the embedded video below.
Can you post about this on your favourite social media site / news aggregator / etc?
Yes, by all means. It is hard to get visibility without so I appreciate all the help I can get.