We made some good progress on "Windows 8.1 Book" this week, finishing a lengthy Basic Navigation chapter, getting started on the Mail chapter, and implementing a new topics request feature on the site. "Windows 8.1 Book" is now over 260 pages long and the 1.0 release is on schedule for early 2014.

Remember, we're charging just $2 for the book, and you can contribute in other ways as well. Check outBuy Windows 8.1 Book!or theWindows 8.1 Book websitefor the details.

This week's updates include:

Mail 0.1 and Book 0.24

Here's an early and incomplete first look at the Mail chapter, which of course covers the Mail app and email account management in Windows 8.1.

Basic Navigation 0.2 and Book 0.23

Here's a second, probably complete look at the Basic Navigation chapter. This is most likely a first draft quality version of the chapter, though I'm curious whether we'll be moving content around later as the book matures.

Windows 8.1 Book + NOOK

As promised, I picked up a Barnes & Noble NOOK e-book reader, the inexpensive NOOK Simple Touch, this past week so I could "Windows 8.1 Book" on the platform.

Post an idea

No, seriously. Post an idea. :) If you look down at the lower right corner of this browser window, you should see a little red "light bulb" icon. Click this to display a UserVoice-based "Post an idea" widget. You can (and should) use this widget to provide us with ideas for improving "Windows 8.1 Book."

More soon!