Imagine that you were using a clunky and a painful email service and suddenly one day you are shown gmail. Aren’t you thrilled ?. It’s elegant, quick and has a ton intuitive features. I had the same feeling with knitr after having painfully used Sweave for a long time. I am certain that this package will stand out as the goto package for literate programming for a very long time to come because it is elegant, quick and has features that you were always trying to patch in via other packages. Should you read this book? Well, if you have the patience and time to go over the manual and a thousand posts from stackoverflow and other places to know the various features of the package, you don’t need this book. However if you are like me who is short of time, values content that is organized and prefers to know the key hacks from the package, this book is definitely worth it.