The new one does not include the book, which is somewhat disappointing. Still, you'd be hard pressed to buy all the bits on your own for a better price. Now, if you have a stock of bits & pieces, you might do better buying just the arduino and sourcing the few bits you need, on your own.
If you don't need to hold dead trees in your hand, there are tons of tutorials online that easily make up for the missing book.http://www.adafruit.com/tutorials#0
Ponder this kit, also: http://www.adafruit.com/products/170
and if you scroll down to Resources, you can read the book online.