Win Free Copies of Packt’s new book on Apache Solr (updated)

Readers would be pleased to know that we have teamed up with Packt Publishing to organize a Giveaway of the Apache Solr 4 Cookbook. Two lucky winners will win a copy of the book (in eBook format). Keep reading to find out how you can be one of the Lucky Winners.


Let’s start with a little reminder about the book:

  • Learn how to make Apache Solr search faster, more complete, and comprehensively scalable
  • Solve performance, setup, configuration, analysis, and query problems in no time
  • Get to grips with, and master, the new exciting features of Apache Solr 4

Read more about this book and download free Sample Chapter.

How to Enter ?

All you need to do is head on over to the book page (Apache Solr 4 Cookbook) and look through the product description of the book and drop a line via the comments below this post to let us know what interests you the most about this book. It’s that simple.

Product Description:


The contest will close on 28.03.2013. Winners will be contacted by email, so be sure to use your real email address when you comment!

Who Will Win ?

The winners will be chosen by the team randomly from readers entering the competition that replied with on topic comment.

If you want to increase your chances of winning, write a small review of the book using the sample chapter on and also forward the same post to

Book Format

The free copies will be provided in eBook format.


The contents is now officially closed. Thank you to all the participants. The winners will be announced in a dedicated blog post right after Easter, on Tuesday 2nd of April.

21 thoughts on “Win Free Copies of Packt’s new book on Apache Solr (updated)

  • 15 March 2013 at 12:16

    I’m interested in Natural Language Processing, so I would read about autocomplete, spellchecking, stemming, etc features in Solr 4.

  • 15 March 2013 at 12:42

    I have been using the Beta version of SOLR 4.0 for quite some time now and have been really looking forward to this book coming out. Having owned SOLR 1.4 ( before this one, this has been well overdue for me to buy.

    The bits I liked the most about this book are the sections on the Data Import Handler, the longingly wanted updating of single fields in documents and faceting! Faceting has been an absolute livesaver for generating navigation and breadcrumbs for my ecommerce website projects and this book goes into more details.

    I generally like these books because they always back up every explanation with an example, so if it doesn’t quite give you what you were looking for it at least leaves you in a place when you can find your own way from there.

    Keep up the great work!

  • 15 March 2013 at 12:53

    We move from version 3 to 4. It would be interesting to get acquainted with the version 4 for examples.

  • 15 March 2013 at 13:04

    Thank you for the comment so far 🙂 Because one reader asked this – please note that the book will be provided by Packt Publishing in eBook format.

  • 15 March 2013 at 14:50

    I started learning Solr in January, but the book wasn’t out yet, so I used some online guides. Now it’s time to take it seriously and check out all its functionalities.

  • 16 March 2013 at 01:17

    I’m looking forward this book. I’ve been playing with solr for over a year now, right now with solr 3.6.2 and really looking forward for the upgrade. I think this book will definitely help me in the process. I must say the chapters that brings more my attention are: Chapter 5 Using the faceting mechanism and the Chapter 6 Improving solr performance. Really looking forward to read this.

  • 17 March 2013 at 08:24

    For me performance tuning and monitoring are the most interesting, especially in context of SolrCloud deployments. Mostly this stuff is hard to find in the mailing lists or wikis.
    Relevance tuning and suggestions are non trivial and thus interesting too.

  • 17 March 2013 at 16:12

    We have a Solr 3 instance running and serving our searches, however we’re planning an upgrade to version 4 some time soon. So to me the following topics would be of most interest: upgrade from 3 to 4 configuration-wise and the new slick AJAXy interface I keep hearing about.
    Reading a sample chapter now – good stuff!

  • 17 March 2013 at 21:19

    As a search specialist, I worked on FAST ESP and Fast Search for SharePoint 2010, now I want dive in Solr Search. I downloaded Apache-Solr 4.2 for self-learning. My Special interest in Geo-spatial, Natural language and BigData search using Solr.

  • 18 March 2013 at 07:16

    I want to test & try Solr in some projects.
    Also I want compare it with ElasticSearch.

    Thanks for your good blog.

  • 18 March 2013 at 23:05

    Very interested in the SolrCloud chapter. Currently running a single instance, but would definitely like to play with clustering soon.

  • 20 March 2013 at 19:05

    Using search as one part of the game, all aspects of integration and extensions (Chp8?) are relevant for me. Coming from a search platform (FAST ESP) it is important for me to get the hooks for deployment (Chp1), administration, scaling (Chp7), tuning (Chp6), … From your cookbook I expect real life scenarios, which allows me an understanding *beside* the technical documentation 🙂

  • 21 March 2013 at 10:26

    Hi there,

    As of last year, our company has implemented Nutch and Solr to work as our search engine. We found out that our current implementation of Solr is not the best and therefore I will rebuild everything from scratch this year.

    Im very much interested in chapters:
    Chapter 3: Analyzing Your Text Data
    Chapter 4: Querying Solr
    Chapter 5: Using the Faceting Mechanism
    Chapter 6: Improving Solr Performance

    As that Solr needs to handle over 200 client websites, I need it to be optimized for such queries.

    Goals are to make it flexible, scalable and stable.

  • 21 March 2013 at 10:28

    I forgot chapter 7, solrcloud. Im currently researching on that subject.

  • 21 March 2013 at 11:00

    I find this book pretty interesting and to the point. The way author present the content is awesome . Never read a book before which describes things so vividly. 🙂

  • 21 March 2013 at 18:22

    I’m an Alfresco user and I’m looking into using Solr to extend search capabilities of Alfresco beyond the buil-in integration

  • 25 March 2013 at 15:50

    Thank you for this book, I read sample ‘Chapter 6. Improving Solr Performance’ and founbd useful tips. Now I’m specially interested in Solr additionnal functionalities, faceting tips and real life recipes.

  • 28 March 2013 at 01:14

    My interests in this book are performance optimization, near real time search, query optimization and SolrCloud.

  • 28 March 2013 at 02:51

    Interested in SolrCloud and dealing with the internal load balancer for possible ways of customizing it for my neeeds, thinking that this book could be interesting, especially the topics related with the cloud.

  • 28 March 2013 at 16:39

    Mostly interested in pondering of Solr results. This is the most important part of configuration exact and alternative matches.

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