Current Book Service

What is the Current Book Service?

In response to customer requests for content that stays current with rapidly changing software, Microsoft Press has created the Current Book Service.

Books in this program will receive periodic updates to address significant software changes for 12 to 18 months following the original publication date. After the update period has ended, no more changes will be made to the book, but the final update to the web edition will remain available in your account on microsoftpressstore.com.

The web edition can be used on tablets that use current web browsers. Simply log into your microsoftpressstore.com account and access the web edition from the Digital Purchases tab.

How does the Current Book Service work?

As significant updates are made, sections of a book will be updated or new sections will be added to address the changes. The updates will be delivered to you via a free web edition of the book, which can be accessed with any Internet connection on microsoftpressstore.com.

Register your book at microsoftpressstore.com to receive access to the latest content as an online web edition. If you bought your book through microsoftpressstore.com, you do not need to register; your book and any updates are already in your account.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I know if a product is part of the Current Book Service?
A. If you are looking at a physical book, there will be information on the cover and within the book indicating that the book is part of the Current Book Service. Look for the Current Book Service image, as shown:

Image: Current Book Service logos

If you are looking at our website or a retailer's website:

  • The title will contain "Current Book Service"
  • The cover and product description will include information about the Current Book Service

See a sample product Page:

Image: Current Book Service: Sample Product Page

Q. How can I find a list of all available titles with the Current Book Service?
A. Search for "current book" to see a list of all titles.

Q. Where do I get the content updates?
A. The content updates will be delivered to you via a web edition of your book, which can be accessed with any Internet connection from your account on microsoftpressstore.com.

Q. How do I register my book?
A. If you purchased your book from microsoftpressstore.com, your book is automatically registered. If you purchased your book anywhere else, you must register it to receive updates:

  1. Go to microsoftpressstore.com/register
  2. Sign in or create a new account
  3. If you purchased a print book, enter the ISBN found at the bottom of the back cover
    or
    If you purchased an eBook, enter the ISBN found in the instructions within your eBook
  4. Answer the question presented on screen, as proof of purchase
  5. The web edition will appear under the Digital Purchases tab on your Account page; click "Launch" to access the product

Q. How do I find out about updates?
A. Sign up for the What's New newsletter at www.microsoftpressstore.com/newsletters to receive an email alerting you of the changes each time this book's web edition has been updated. The email address you use to sign up for the newsletter must be the same email address used for your microsoftpressstore.com account in order to receive the email alerts. If you choose not to sign up, you can periodically check your account at microsoftpressstore.com to find out if updates have been made to the web edition.

Q. How do I access my web edition?
A. Instructions to access your web edition can be found in the Introduction of your book, or you can follow these instructions:

  1. If you purchased your book from microsoftpressstore.com, your book is automatically registered. Go to the Digital Purchases tab in your Account and click on "Launch" for the web edition.
  2. If you purchased your book in any other channel, it must be registered:
    1. Go to www.microsoftpressstore.com/register
    2. Sign in or create a new account
    3. If you purchased a print book, enter the ISBN found at the bottom of the back cover
      or
      If you purchased an eBook, enter the ISBN found in the instructions found within your eBook
    4. Answer the question presented on screen, as proof of purchase
    5. The web edition will appear under the Digital Purchases tab on your Account page; click "Launch" to access the product

Q. How often will the content be updated?
A. Microsoft Press will update the content periodically, depending on the frequency of significant updates to the software. Changes will be made for 12 to 18 months following first publication date. After the update period has ended, no more changes will be made to the book, but the final update will remain available in your account on microsoftpressstore.com.

Q. How will I know when the content has been updated?
A. If you sign up for our newsletter, we will send notifications of updates anytime the web edition has been updated.

Q. Can I read the web edition on my eReader device?
A. No. The web edition can be accessed online, but it cannot be downloaded to an eReader device.

Q. Can I read the web edition on my Tablet?
A. Yes, you can access the web edition on tablets that use current web browsers. Log in to your microsoftpressstore.com account and access the web edition from the "Digital Purchases" tab.

Q. Which browsers support the web edition?
A. Viewing a web edition requires a web browser that fully supports HTML5. Supported platforms are:

  • Windows XP (Firefox only)
  • Windows 7, 8, or 10 (IE10, IE11, Edge, Chrome, or Firefox)
  • Mac OS X (Safari, Firefox, or Chrome)
  • Linux (Chrome or Firefox)
  • iOS 6, 7, or 8 (Mobile Safari)

If you have additional questions, please email customer service.