I bet that book would be out of date by 1 major update.
Well, that's one the the major downsides to buying a actual 3-D reference book. Since Minecraft updates rather frequently, I see it having some trouble keeping up. On the other hand, the basics of Minecraft haven't changed, and that's probably going to be the most important to any new player (though going on the Minecraft wiki is far easier and cheaper).
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Speaker: "Kids, drive carefully..." Mr. Magoo: "I'll drive very carefully sir..." *Drives so slow that he causes car accidents*
PARTY ON WHEELS BABY! Definition of a car - A set volume of matter that has wheels on it - Yeah!
Great points. No book can compete with a Wiki for timeliness, thoroughness or cost. But there does seem to be a niche of users who like to have a physical guide that they can refer to when they are away from the computer.
Perhaps as Minecraft becomes more frequently used in a classroom setting this relatively inexpensive book can be used to bring the whole class up to the same level of understanding (particularly in underpriveleged classrooms whose students don't have easy access to the Wiki outside of school).