"Just like Arthur Dent, who after inserting a Babel fish in his ear could understand Vogon poetry, a computer program that uses Tika can understand Microsoft Word documents." This is how Tika in Action, our book on Apache Tika, introduces it's subject. Download the freely available first chapter to read the the full introduction.
Chris Mattmann and I started writing the Tika in Actionbook for Manning at the beginning of this year, and we're now well past the half-way post. If we keep up this pace, the book should be out in print by next Summer! And thanks to the Manning Early Access Program (MEAP), you can already pre-order and access an early access edition of the book at the Tika in Action MEAP page.
If you're interested, use the "tika50" code to get a 50% early access discount when purchasing the MEAP book. You'll still receive updates on all new chapters and of course the full book when it's finished. Note that this discount code is valid only until December 17th, 2010.
We're also very interested in all comments and other feedback you may have about the book. Use the online forum or contact us directly, and we'll do our best to make the book more useful to you!
Update: The book is out in print now! Use the "tika37com" code for a 37% discount on the final book.