I'm new to the forums but have been using GTD on and off for over 5 years. I would say, there isn't really a need for a beginners thread - as you say, the book itself is a great step-by-step walk through of building the entire system.
The only thing the book doesn't really cover (and it's intentional) is the specific tools that will work best for your personal implementation. Some people love paper lists, personally I like to write handwritten notes but it would drive me crazy if I had to walk around with a paper system all the time.
I would say, pick the tools you want to use and just get started, asking questions in the forum as you need specific help.
Oh, and you didn't ask but I think I've developed a pretty good portable, cloud-based, mostly free digital system as follows:
Remember the Milk - Projects, Someday/Maybe and NA lists. I upgraded to pro ($25/yr) so I can stay synced with the Android app for my phone
Evernote - Reference materials, project support, and any lists not related to projects/actions. Also synced to my phone via mobile App.
Dropbox - cloud storage for whatever files I need access to on the go, also syncs to phone with mobile app
Google Calendar - synced to my Outlook calendars on my work and home PC's so I can see an up to date schedule from any computer or my phone
Other than that I do have a physical inbox and filing cabinet both at home and work to cover paper storage.
Hope that helps!
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