I was recently fortunate enough to get my hands on a copy of Instant Markdown by Arturo Herrero. I'm a big fan of Markdown (in fact, I'm using it to write this post) so I was interested to see what this book had to offer.

The first half of the book takes an in-depth look into the Markdown syntax and teaches you how to markup your content. This includes things like headings, paragraphs, links, images, lists and code blocks. If you've never used Markdown before the examples in this section should get you up-to-speed in no time.

The part of the book that most interested me was the "Top 8 features you'll want to know about" section. Here Arturo looks at some of the applications that are using Markdown in the wild, including a quick explanation of how some companies have created their own flavour of Markdown (such as GitHub). Examples of using Markdown to write emails, blog posts, and even presentations are also covered.

If you haven't used Markdown before this book is a great resource to get you started. On the flip side, if you're a Markdown pro you will probably find the most value in the tips section towards the end.

Packt Publishing provided me with a free copy of Instant Markdown so that I could write this review.

Matt West