I did get through chapters 1 to 5 in the self-study book for exam 70-536 last week. I didn’t get any reading done on the weekend, though. The books24x7 account I have through ACM stopped working. Heck of a time for *that* to happen. ACM seems to be aware of the problem now, so hopefully it’ll get fixed.
I decided to go out today and buy a hard copy of the book at Borders anyway. I had a 30% off coupon, so the book cost me about $50. I got through chapter 6 today, and will continue trying to get through a chapter or two each day, until I’m done and (hopefully) ready for the test.
The book is pretty well-written, and does cover a bunch of stuff with which I’m not terribly familiar. So, it’s worth reading regardless of whether or not I take the test.