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Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by simongrahamuk, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Can anyone recommend a site, or even if, I can buy e-books of published books?

    For instance many books now come with a copy of the book on CD, but can you directly buy just the e-book?

    I ask because I'm getting wrong for having to many books cluttering the house up (and as we all know tech books usually aren't small), If I can store them on a disk then it's problem solved!

    And no, before anyone asks I don't want to buy the physical books just so that I can get the book on CD! :rolleyes:
     
  2. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

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    I think you can get / buy e-books from Syngress, and before the print version comes out too.
     
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  4. BosonMichael
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    The only places I can say with some certainty that you're not paying someone to give you copyrighted material illegally would be Amazon or straight from the publisher.
     
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  5. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    See, that was the concern that I had when I asked. I want to be able to know that I have actually legally bought the book.
     
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    Normally if a blind person wants audio book then they have to contact the publisher to see if they will do one, but the publisher will only create on the demand is enough.

    So chances are you wont find anything that you want, you could try here audio books .com
     
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    If you are running out of space to store books and you want the e-books, how about buying the book (which normall includes the CD containing an e-book). Take the CD for yourself and then sell the book on?? If you were to buy the e-book direct from the publishers (assuming they do/allow that) I doubt you would get much discount on the price - so perhaps, buying and then selling 2nd hand is the way to go.
     
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  8. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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    Hey Simon, I found this place for ebooks, not sure if it is the ones you will need though. And they have something called beta books too. Have not checked that out yet though.

    http://www.apress.com/ebook/catalog
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    Again, where's the confirmation that the publishers/authors are getting fairly compensated?
     
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  10. Mitzs
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    Mike I am fixing to shove that snotty additude up your arse bud. :) With love of course.

    Apress is the publisher of those ebooks I looked at on that site. If the authors are not getting compensated then I guess they need to take it up with Apress. However, the books are legal to download.
     
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    When your livelihood depends on it, you have to stand for what's right. :)

    Didn't know Apress was a publisher. Not sure that Apress is well-known for training materials... no sense in spending money on something that's unproven just because it's in electronic format.
     
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  12. Mitzs
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    That is why you go to amazon and google the book there to see what kind of reviews it get. The ones that I looked at are getting good reviews. I am actually thinking about getting their css from novice to professional by simion collins And later on down the road Pro JavaScript Techniques by John Resig though amazon. They are cheaper then apress. Simon didn't state that he was looking for study material so I didn't even think to look for that. But Mike you do surprise me with your unproven comment. Everyone has to start somewhere. I've never know you not to give someone or something a chance untill proven its not worth it.

    Have you read any of the company info? You might find these two links interesting if your thinking about writing another book.

    http://www.apress.com/info/writeforus

    http://www.apress.com/info
     
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  13. Phoenix
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    get a safari subscription
    job done


    safari.oreilly.com
     
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  14. Mitzs
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    I looked there Phoenix, but those people are high, and it doesn't say anything about you getting an ebook let alone it would be yours to keep. I can't see forking out that kind of money just to rent books.
     
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    Well i dont thin you can buy these books and why would you need to when youy can view them for free.

    www.freecomputerbooks.com

    Loads of stuff there, the add may be co.uk in case .com doesnt work

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  16. Phoenix
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    the whole ownership of IT books is a moot point (I threw over 20 out today, old NT4 ones, CCNA version 1 study guides, etc)
    they are of little value over time, and cert books are of less value once the cert if complete

    a subscription based service gives me unlimited access to thousands of books for a monthly fee, a fee that's akin to a night in a pub in London, or two starbucks

    its a small price to pay for the flexibility and convenience of an entire tech library at your fingertips
     
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  17. BosonMichael
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    Umm... no thanks... not until I know a LOT more about them.

    Yes, everyone has to start somewhere... but when there's something out there that's already proven, you've got to show me some concrete proof that I should switch.
     
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  18. Mitzs
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    That does not mean that this company is not as good. It is up to you if you try them or not. I just showed you the links because I know you write you said you did not get royalties on your book, I was just trying to be helpfull. You don't know what someone else has to offer till you look. What you do with that information is up to you. As for me, I will try their books and see what I think. I am actually excited about getting my hands on that css book. :)
     
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  19. BosonMichael
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    Uh... I DO get royalties from sales of my book... :blink So why would I go elsewhere?
     
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  20. dmarsh

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    Phoenix is right Safari is an excellent online resource with all the oreilly books plus a few more. Personally I'm not a fan of subscription models or ebooks but for thoose that are its fine.

    APress are an excellent publishing company, I have quite a few of their books and they are quite good, at least as good if not better than many of the other publishers that get mentioned around here.

    Lastly theres a small bunch of people who are trying new business models sourcebeat is another.

    Personally I like a real book, especially if its a good one generally by addison wesley or prentice hall and I can use if for reference for a few years.

    However as has been mentioned, with the internet reference books are less important these days. Also cert books are generally only good for passing the exam in my experience and destined for the bin soon after.
     
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