let me explain my points step wise..
First of all lets admit that, this book is delayed beyond expectations.
Next.. there are evolutionary changes declared in last month since Dec 23rd.
Third… This book is scheduled for March 2009 and Rails conference 2009 is declared from 4th May 2009 onwards, where they will distribute Rails 3.0 beta or version 1.0
This clearly means… the life of this book is hardly 2 months, and no developer would like to preserve or invest in an outdated version of the book.
Fourth… Merb in action by manning publishers is changed to Rails 3.0 in action. Another book called “Merbway” will now focus strictly on Rails 3.0 only.
When Rails 3.0 == Merb 2.0, any Merb book will be useful for all.
This Beta book is considered to be an apple amongst Rails books. This is the most trusted book when it comes to Rails.
The Authors should stop now… They should hold the production of the book and re-write strictly focusing on New rails 3.0. Subscription should start once gain with the New title.
The current subscribers are not at all in loss, they are already getting PDF version regularly.
Authors should conduct an opinion poll and ask the community what do they feel. Anything in a haste would be a waste thats what i feel.
Looking for more suggestions here by community.