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Whats the most you've ever spent on a tech book

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Juelz, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. Juelz

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    Trying to convince myself spending £110 on a book is normal lol.
     
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  2. SimonD
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    Depends on the book but I have to say that's pretty damned expensive, what is it?
     
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  4. dmarsh

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    Wait a few months, pick a second hand copy up cheap. Never pre-order books.

    Cert exams aren't really worth that much, neither are cert books.
     
  5. Juelz

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    when you say cert exams do you mean certs in general or the specific cert the book relates to?
     
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  6. dmarsh

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    Both. Taking the exam in 6 months time is unlikely to make much difference to anything.
    Only worth paying the premium if you think passing the exam 6 months earlier will be important.
     
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    I can't recall exactly but I think I might have paid £150 for the MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exams 70-290, 70-291, 70-293, 70-294): Microsoft® Windows Server(TM) 2003 Core Requirements (Certification) back in the day
     
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    Technically 4 books Jim, but nice try ! :-)
     
  9. Juelz

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    I managed to pre-order the book for half the price by pre-ordering it of Amazon.com and oppose to .uk... happy!
     
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  10. Theprof

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    I spent a lot on books in the past, could easily have bought 3-4 books costing 200+ every 5-6 months... but the one thing I hate today, is that technology is changing so fast that the books become outdated quite fast. So if you do spend the 100+ on a book that won't stay relevant for long, then I don't think it's worth it, unless its the kind of book that you can always reference to get a good ROI from it.

    I also noticed that today, there are a tons of free content on the internet to go through... For example, Microsoft Technet articles and various blogs, Citrix has a strong knowledge base as well.

    I personally have a Packt subscription of online reading, it gets the job done, I read on the computer often because I tend to multitask while doing my work stuff.
     
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    Amazon Kindle Unlimited :)
     
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    Yeah - I had the same one. Shame to see it go - lol :)
     
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    Doesn't have that many IT books it seems, unless I missed something?
     
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  14. Juelz

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    Nope it doesn't, I'm not a fan of it tbh.
     
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    I've finally remembered the company I was trying to think of when you asked about ebooks. We used to have a couple of advocates here for Safari Books Online. Looks like it's about £25 a month at current exchange rates...so not as cheap as the lowest Pluralsight sub, but depends on your preferred study methods
     
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