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iText in Action by Bruno Lowagie

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Preface

In the summer of 2009, Manning Publications contacted me with the offer to write a revision of the first edition of iText in Action, published in 2007.

I initially refused, much to the surprise of the publisher. He put forward several arguments in favor of a second edition: the book had received good reviews, the first printing sold out in about a year, and the book was still selling well, in spite of the fact that it was almost three years old and that its content was probably somewhat outdated.

So I had to clarify: “I want to write a second edition, but I don’t want it to be a revision.” I’m always disappointed when a revised version of a book is a rehash of the first version, with only a limited amount of new material. I wanted ...

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