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O'Reilly was the most active in publishing collections of books on CD, although he tries not to include most popular and most profitable books. Still O'Reilly published more than 30 books in HTML format. that means that  O'Reilly CD bookshelf series has a lot of value. Older versions are dirt-cheap.

For full and up-to-date list of O'Reilly open source books see O'Reilly Open Source Center

Some books from Que's Platinum series also contains CD with several books (historically Que was the first publisher to include full text of the book on CD).  At one time Que and McMillan published more then 100 books at InformIT. Later then delete most on them but the cat was out the bag ;-). Now it's down to 6, although some of those older books are still available from other Internet sites (books once put on Internet almost never disappear completely)

O'Reilly also experimented with publishing books in electronic format from 1999 to around 2003 and then like Que abandoned the idea. Still almost two dozens of so called "CD bookshelves" were published and some of then contain some good still valuable O'Reilly books (along with a lot of junk -- the selected specifically books that did not sell well, I think).

Most are now around $1 on Amazon, so it you got to this page seeking for free downloads, it make sense gen them for the price of shipping and spare yourself of this not always useless, but still pretty time consuming effort ;-). 

BTW Safari Bookshelf is a subscription service that contains most of books available from CDs and more. The first two weeks are free.

See also Free Online Web Development Books

O'Reilly Perl Bookshelf

Perl Bookshelf exists in 4 editions. They do not contain identical set of books so it make sense to buy several (they are really cheap now). The last one is probably the best.

Dr. Nikolai Bezroukov


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[Jan 22, 2004] Perl CD Bookshelf, Forth edition

***+ (Very Good) Six HTML based electronic books on one CD: the second editions of Perl in a Nutshell, and Mastering Regular Expressions; the third editions of Learning Perl (junk) and Programming Perl (good); and two new titles: Learning Perl Objects, References, and Modules, and the rather good Perl Cookbook. A paperback version of Perl in a Nutshell is included too
This is the last version of Perl CD BookShelf. A paperback version of Perl in a Nutshell is included too
Notable quotes:
"... I was quite disappointed to find that MRE 2nd edition is in PDF format, not HTML ..."
www.amazon.com

William G. Starr on June 20, 2005

Disappointed to see MRE is PDF, not HTML

I am a happy owner of Versions 1 and 3 of Perl CD Bookshelf. I finally decided to purchase a copy of Version 4 in order to have access to Perl Cookbook 2nd edition, Learning Perl Objects, and Mastering Regular Expressions, 2nd edition (I already owned the first edition of MRE in hardcopy book form).

I was quite disappointed to find that MRE 2nd edition is in PDF format, not HTML. This is a departure from every other book on these three editions of the Perl CD Bookshelf, and makes it significantly less useful, in my opinion.

One of the features I use extensively on the other CD's is the master index, with links to all books on the CD. The master index on Version 4 does not include any links to MRE 2nd edition. The search engine also does not include any capability to include MRE in its results.

I did not see any mention of this change in the promotional material about Version 4, making this loss feel like somewhat of a bait and switch.

Bill Starr

[Apr 14, 2003] The Web Programming CD Bookshelf, Version 1.0

We've packed six of our best-selling Web Programming guides onto this CD-ROM, giving you 4,668 pages of O'Reilly references and tutorials -- fully searchable and cross-referenced, so you can search either the individual index for each book or the master index for the entire collection. Included are the complete, unabridged versions of these popular titles:

As a bonus, you also get the new paperback version of Webmaster In a Nutshell, 3rd Edition. This collection of Web programming books is bursting with premium information: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition is considered "the" JavaScript book; nobody can touch the level of detail Danny Goodman explores in Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference, 2nd Edition; and Programming PHP is by Rasmus Lerdorf, the creator of PHP. To boot, you get three other excellent titles.

[Feb 1, 2003] UNIX CD Bookshelf, 3.0

***+ The Unix CD Bookshelf packs a stack of six books: one excellent, two good and three semi-useless/obsolite. Version 3 provides convenient online access to seven books. It also includes the hard copy of Unix in a Nutshell, Third Edition.

**** Unix Power Tools, 3rd Edition;

??? Learning the Unix Operating System, 5th Edition;

??? Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition;

??? Mac OS X for Unix Geeks;

**** Learning the Korn Shell, 2nd Edition;

*** sed & awk, 2nd Edition;

*** Unix in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition.

The CD has a master index, a powerful search engine, and all the text is extensively hyperlinked, so you'll find what you're looking for quickly.

The UNIX CD Bookshelf, 2nd Edition (w/ CD-ROM)

by Arnold Robbins, et al (Paperback - February 2000)
Avg. Customer Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars
Out of Print--Limited Availability

Unix Cd Bookshelf First edition

***+ The UNIX CD Bookshelf contains six decent books from O'Reilly plus the software from UNIX Power Tools.
Daniel Gilly(Editor) / Paperback / Published 1998
Amazon price: $55.96 ~ You Save: $13.99 (20%)

A bonus hardcopy book of UNIX in a Nutshell: System V Edition, is also included. The CD-ROM contains one excellent, two good and tree average books:

[Nov 15, 2002] The XML CD Bookshelf

"taserian" (Columbia, SC United States) - See all my reviews

My goodness, this one is a whammy!!, April 28, 2003

My goodness, this one is a whammy!! Aside from a hard copy 2nd edition of XML in a Nutshell, the CD contains the complete editions of the same book XML in a Nutshell (2nd Edition), XSLT, XML Schema, SAX2, Java & XML (2nd Edition), Java and XSLT, and Perl & XML. Each one of these books is deserving of its own review, but suffice it to say that having them all on CD just makes it more convenient to carry around. (I already have reviews on XML in a Nutshell and Java and XML.)

Developing a hernia by carrying the hard copy editions of these around is not my idea of a good time, so having the CD takes the cake. Of course, you'll need a laptop to actually be able to make use of the CD, and that'll leech battery power if you don't have a socket handy, so it's a toss-up either way. Still, the CD edition is searchable, so that you don't have to wiggle through the index of 7 books just to find that reference you needed.

All in all, a great deal!

[Oct 05, 2002] The Perl Cd Bookshelf, Third Editions

*** (Average) The electronic versions of 7 pretty average Perl books (only Cookbook is decent): the second edition of Perl in a Nutshell (paperback version included), the third editions of Learning Perl and Programming Perl, the Perl Cookbook, and 3 new titles: Perl & XML, Perl & LWP, and Mastering Perl/Tk. Overpriced and with bad selections, buy previous version or version 4.0 instead.
www.amazon.com
Gregor Theison November 28, 2002

Almost) everything a Perl Programmer needs

A review of this CD is rather problematic. Most of the books on this CD (as far as I read them before) are worth 4-5 stars. So this CD with online searching is worth ...5 stars... I will only comment on the CD version of the books and not on each single book (look at the reviews for the single books if you are interested in that).
Personally a CD with books is just an add-on to the printed versions, that I can read everywhere (bed, beach ...) and that I can mark in different colours and write on. Online books for me are for online searching and online reading of a few chapters.
This CD contains all the books in HTML format with a Java based full text search engine (works for me with IE 5.5 and mostly works with Netscape ... and an HTML based Master Index. There is a problem in the Master Index for the letter "L" (bad links, see Errata). Go to the O'Reilly website and download the updated file for this index.
Additionally to the online searching capabilities I really like the capability to use the WWW links to external resources directly from the CD (e.g. to CPAN). I think that the quality of the HTML translation of the books is quite high. It seems however that you need a rather new browser because we had some problems with Netscape 4.7 with the documentation. I like that all the links within the documentation are relative so that you can copy the CD wherever you like and still use it (even put it on your internal WWW server which is of course illegal). The size is rather small (60MB for all the books) so that you can put it on your laptop for mobil work.
You can find the following books on the CD:
- Perl in a Nutshell (2. Edition)
- Programming Perl (3. Edition)
- Perl & XML
- Mastering Perl/Tk
- Learning Perl (3. Edition)
- Perl Cookbook
- Perl & LWP
The book "Perl in a Nutshell (2nd Edition) as a printed version is part of the package as a "bonus book". I like it as a reference book.
Unfortunately O'Reilly did not put all its Perl books on this CD. For total happiness I am missing the following books (name your own):
- Programming the Perl DBI
- Perl for ORACLE DBAs
- CGI Programming with Perl (2nd Edition)
The price for the CD is not really low but compared with the printed versions of all the books it is reasonable from my point of view.
If you are a mobile Perl user I can really recommend this CD.

[May 1, 2002] The Networking CD Bookshelf, Version 2.0

By O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
Version 2.0 May 2002
Series: CD Bookshelves
0-596-00334-x, Order Number: 334x
752 pages, $49.95 US

http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/netcd2/

[Dec 15, 2001] The Web Design CD Bookshelf CD-ROM

**** Web Design CD Bookshelf delivers six complete books:

Paperback - 640 pages Bk&Cd-Rom edition (December 15, 2001)
O'Reilly & Associates; ISBN: 0596002718 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.55 x 9.28 x 6.18

Amazon.com Sales Rank: 45,615

The Web Design CD Bookshelf delivers six complete books:

As a bonus, you also get the new paperback version of Web Design in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition.

Never has it been easier to find what you need to know about designing web pages. Formatted in HTML, The Web Design CD Bookshelf can be accessed with any web browser. The books--all 3126 pages of O'Reilly reference and tutorials--are fully searchable and cross-referenced, so you can either search the individual index for each book or the master index for the entire collection. With the CD Bookshelf, you have a complete library of technical books that you can easily carry with you anywhere you need it.

[Dec 15, 2001] The Web Design CD Bookshelf CD-ROM

Paperback - 640 pages Bk&Cd-Rom edition (December 15, 2001)
O'Reilly & Associates; ISBN: 0596002718 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.55 x 9.28 x 6.18

[Oct 15, 2001] The Linux Web Server CD Bookshelf CD-ROM

**** It's a searchable collection of six books on Linux Among then there are three decent (4-stars) books

Paperback - 812 pages 1st edition (Oct 15, 2001)
O'Reilly & Associates; ISBN: 0596002084 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.56 x 9.50 x 6.04

The Linux Web Server CD Bookshelf. It's a searchable collection of six books on the subject of the Linux operating system and its role as a platform for Web sites. Among three decent (4-star) books I have found:

[Oct 15, 2001] The Linux Web Server CD Bookshelf CD-ROM

Paperback - 812 pages 1st edition (October 15, 2001)
O'Reilly & Associates; ISBN: 0596002084 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.56 x 9.50 x 6.04

[May 15, 2001] Perl Cd Bookshelf, Second edition

**** (Good) Perl programmer alert: this CD includes Advanced Perl Programming ! Other books are mostly junk. The list of books: Perl in a Nutshell; Programming Perl, 2nd Edition; Perl Cookbook; Advanced Perl Programming; Learning Perl; and Learning Perl on Win32 Systems. As a bonus, the new hardcopy version of Perl in a Nutshell is also included.
Notable quotes:
"... the master index has a lot of flaws in it. ..."
www.amazon.com
CD-ROM - 654 pages Bk&Cd-Rom edition (May 15, 2001)
O'Reilly & Associates; ISBN: 0596001649 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.35 x 9.26 x 6.20

Amazon.com Sales Rank: 7,075

Six O'Reilly books on one CD-ROM in HTML format. Only one book is really good (cookbook) though. CD includes:

Includes: Perl in a Nutshell; Programming Perl, 2nd Edition; Perl Cookbook; Advanced Perl Programming; Learning Perl; and Learning Perl on Win32 Sytems. As a bonus, the new hardcopy version of Perl in a Nutshell is also included.

Related O'Reilly Titles:

Advanced Perl Programming
Perl Cookbook
Learning Perl, 2nd Edition
Learning Perl on Win32 Systems
Perl in a Nutshell
Perl 5 Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition
Perl/Tk Pocket Reference
Programming Perl, 2nd Edition
Perl Resource Kit -- UNIX Edition
Perl Resource Kit -- Win32 Edition
Web Client Programming with Perl

A Customer on August 2, 2001

Bad Quality

I bought this in hope that the CD will have the quality that is worth the name of O'Reilly. But I was wrong. The search engine is very poor. Even though it says to search the whole body, give it an 'is', you get no result. Also the master index has a lot of flaws in it. I cannot use the section "Symbol" and "C". All the links miss the book name. All in all, this definitely is a big disappointment to me.

Jeremy Kie on June 22, 2001

Linux Applet Trouble

The Perl CD BookShelf is filled with all you need to go from a simple perl programmer to a perl guru. For those having trouble with the search engine applet on linux systems, O'Reilly has a fix to help you: ftp://ftp.ora.com/pub/perlcd/perl_search_files.tar.gz
Hope this helps, cheers!

[Sep 1, 2000] Java Enterprise Cd Bookshelf : Version 1.0

Java Enterprise includes seven complete texts: Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, Java in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition, Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell, Enterprise JavaBeans, 2nd Edition, Java Servlet Programming, Java Security, and Java Distributed Programming. The CD-ROM is tucked inside the cover of Java Enterprise In A Nutshell, a Desktop Quick Reference. Softcover.

by O'Reilly, et al (Paperback - September 2000)
Avg. Customer Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

Book Info
A text and CD-ROM, seven complete texts in all, including Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, Java in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition, Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell, Enterprise JavaBeans, 2nd Edition, Java Servlet Programming, Java Security, and Java Distributed Programming. The CD-ROM is tucked inside the cover of Java Enterprise In A Nutshell, a Desktop Quick Reference. Softcover.

Product Description:
The Java Enterprise CD Bookshelf is a power-packed collection of books from O'Reilly: both electronic and print versions of Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, plus electronic versions of Java in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition; Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell; Enterprise JavaBeans, 2nd Edition; Java Servlet Programming; Java Security; and Java Distributed Computing. Never has it been easier to learn, or look up, what you need to know online. Formatted in HTML, The Java Enterprise CD Bookshelf can be read using any Web browser. The books are fully searchable and cross-referenced. In addition to individual indexes for each book, there's a master index for the entire library.

Product Details:

[ Sep 2000 ] Java Enterprise Cd Bookshelf : Version 1.0

by O'Reilly, et al (Paperback - September 2000)
Avg. Customer Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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DDJ Essential Books: Algorithms & Data Structure 2

There's nothing more fundamental to programming than algorithms and data structures. Your CD-ROM includes nine of the most important books ever written for programmers about the subject.

DDJ Essential Books: Numerics/Numerical Prgrmmng

Dr. Dobb's Essential Books on Numerics and Numerical Programming CD-ROM is the answer for anyone who needs solutions for complex numerical programming problems.

DDJ Essential Books on Cryptography & Security CD

Theory and practice of network security implemented in C, BASIC, and other programming languages.

DDJ Essential Books on File Formats CD-ROM

Contains valuable info on file formats for graphics, multimedia, sound, databases, and more.

DDJ Essential Books on Graphics Programming CD

Includes all text, images, charts, tables, side bars, samples, and sourcecode

[July 1, 2000] The Oracle Pl/Sql Cd Bookshelf :

7 Books on Cd-Rom

by O'Reilly, Inc. Associates (Editor) (Software - July 2000)
Avg. Customer Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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[Mar 13, 1999] The Networking Cd Bookshelf version 1.0

The Networking Cd Bookshelf inlcudes TCP/IP Network Administration, 2nd Edition; sendmail, 2nd Edition; sendmail Desktop Reference; DNS and BIND, 3rd Edition; Practical UNIX & Internet Security, 2nd Edition; and Building Internet Firewalls. As a bonus, the new hardcopy version of DNS and BIND, 3rd Edition is also included.

Network administrator alert! Six bestselling O'Reilly Animal Guides are now available on CD-ROM, easily accessible with your favorite Web browser: TCP/IP Network Administration, 2nd Edition; sendmail, 2nd Edition; sendmail Desktop Reference; DNS and BIND, 3rd Edition; Practical UNIX & Internet Security, 2nd Edition; and Building Internet Firewalls. As a bonus, the new hardcopy version of DNS and BIND, 3rd Edition is also included.

Related O'Reilly Titles:

TCP/IP Network Administration, 2nd Edition
sendmail
sendmail Desktop Reference
Building Internet Firewalls
Practical UNIX & Internet Security, 2nd Edition

[Jun 11, 1997] Java in a Nutshell, Deluxe Edition

CD-ROM five volumes for Java developers and programmers, linking related info across books. Exploring Java, 2nd Edition, covers Java basics. Java Language Reference, 2nd Edition, Java Fundamental Classes Reference, and Java AWT Reference provide a definitive set of documentation on the Java language and the Java 1.1 core API. Java in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition, our bestselling quick reference, is included both on the CD-ROM and in a companion desktop edition. This deluxe library is an indispensable resource for anyone doing serious programming with Java 1.1.

On CD:

Java Servlet Programming
Java Fundamental Classes Reference
Java Threads, 2nd Edition
Java Network Programming
Java in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
Exploring Java, 2nd Edition
Java Language Reference, 2nd Edition
Java AWT Reference
Database Programming with JDBC and Java
Netscape IFC in a Nutshell
Java Examples in a Nutshell
Java Reference Library on the Web
WebMaster in a Nutshell, Deluxe Edition
Photoshop in a Nutshell
Java Security
Java Cryptography
JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 3rd Edition
VB & VBA in a Nutshell: The Language
JavaScript Pocket Reference
Lingo in a Nutshell

[Oct 11, 1996] Webmaster in a Nutshell - A Desktop Quick Reference 1st edition

*** Webmaster in a Nutshell contains a single 356-page book and a CD with 4 books in electronic format ("HTML: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Ed.; JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Ed.; CGI Programming on the World Wide Web; Programming Perl, 2nd Ed."-- a rather weak book, and "WebMaster in a Nutshell"), There are also second and third edition of the same.

See also Web Reference Library

For $69.95 you get a single 356-page book and a CD with 4 books in electronic format ("HTML: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Ed.; JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Ed.; CGI Programming on the World Wide Web; Programming Perl, 2nd Ed."-- a rather weak book and "WebMaster in a Nutshell")

Definitely NOT a bargain when you check on what else is out there. Further, WebMaster in a Nutshell is an tiny book that really isn't much good. I think O'Reilly had to package it in this kit just to try to get rid of the thousands of copies filling up their warehouse.

In the same price range, you can probably can find better values. One of these values is Web Publishing Unleashed Professional Reference Edition. It contains a 1500-page book that is not equal to HTML Sourcebook (Graham), but still decent. The CD ROM for the book is also packed with goodies which includes 2 books in electronic format and dozens of great applications. Street price for the book is $69.95 and you can get at at Amazon for about $48.95. .

Another title that you may want to consider is (slightly outdated) the Web Publishing Electronic Resource Kit with 2 CDs which includes 14 books ( over 10,000 pages in searchable CD-ROM format) and a hard copy of the 1500-page book, Web Publishing Unleashed Professional Reference Edition. Street price is $89.95 and you can get it at Amazon for $71.99.


2nd Ed now has HTML4, CSS + XML, but missing Perl Quick Ref
By Andrew Oakley on January 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
As an avid fan of the first edition, I was delighted to discover that the second edition covered HTML4, Cascading Style Sheets, XML and the new JavaScript functions.
The book excells as a quick reference to these and virtually all other webmaster areas, including Apache server configuration, CGI variables and much more. You just can't beat it. It replaces half a dozen books costing thirty or fourty quid each!
Once you've grasped the basics of HTML and JavaScript, this may well be the only reference book you ever need.
Now on to the nitpicking... and why I only gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
I was exceptionally disappointed to see that the Perl Quick Reference that I had been so fond of in the first edition had now been replaced with a mere overview of the cgi.pm module; and that a quick reference to the PHP scripting language appeared to have taken Perl's place.
Yes, I have other Perl references. Heck, I've *already* got the Perl Pocket Reference, Perl In A Nutshell and Linux In A Nutshell (which includes a Perl Quick Ref). But that's not the point.
The second edition, like the first, sells itself as the only book you'll keep on your desktop (as opposed to on your shelf). Sorry, but with the Perl Quick Ref missing, this just isn't true anymore. Perl is the number one CGI programming language and the number one quick fix language. Whatever you want to do, you can rattle up a quick and dirty Perl solution in seconds. PHP just isn't up in that category. I need a Perl Quick Reference on my desk at all times.
I just don't understand the decision to cut the Perl Quick Ref, since it only took up a dozen pages or so. It was as vital to any half decent webmaster as the HTML or JavaScript sections.
O'Reilly, *please*, put back the Perl Quick Ref and earn yourself the full five stars.

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DDJ Essential Books: Numerics/Numerical Prgrmmng   -  $99.95
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DDJ Essential Books on Cryptography & Security CD   -  $99.95
Theory and practice of network security implemented in C, BASIC, and other programming languages.

DDJ Essential Books on File Formats CD-ROM   -  $69.95
Contains valuable info on file formats for graphics, multimedia, sound, databases, and more.

DDJ Essential Books on Graphics Programming CD   -  $69.95
Includes all text, images, charts, tables, side bars, samples, and sourcecode

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Sams Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days : Complete Compiler Edition (Sams Teach Yourself Books) 

Jesse Liberty / Paperback / Published 1999
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Contains Microsoft C++ compiler v. 6.0 (teaching edition) (there is a similar package from WROX Press as well)

Platinum Edition Using HTML, Java, and CGI, with 2 CD-ROMs; With 2 CD-ROMs

by Jim O'Donnell

Our Price: $70.00

Paperback - (November 1996) 1471 pages

Two CD-ROMs include HTML source code used in the book, and useful software tools for creating and implementing HTML, second CD-ROM includes the full text of at least 10 Que books in HTML format


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Effective C++ CD : 85 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series)

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Random Findings

Bruce Perens' Open Source Series -- right now vaporware, but who knows, they might deliver ;-)

I've convinced Prentice Hall PTR to publish a series of books that have their text under Open Source licenses. This is a tremendous departure for a mainstream publisher. The books are sold like any technical book. Two of the titles are in all of the the Barnes and Noble stores right now. But they are legal to copy, modify, and redistribute. The electronic versions of the books are placed on the web a few months after the print versions hit stores. The advantage of these books is that they need never go out of print. The electronic version can be kept up to date by anyone who cares to, and can be printed and sold. An instructor who is using them to teach a class can also tailor them to their particular needs, and a poor student need not buy the textbook to have it. They avoid some of the problems that have kept e-books from working. And this fulfills a long-time dream of mine to get good documentation into Open Source. The books are all about Linux and other Open Source software, so they're directed to a clientelle that cares that the texts themselves are Open Source licensed.

How do we make money? People like paper. We put the paper versions in stores several months before the electronic versions come out. Since the retail channel is filled as soon as the paper versions come out, it removes most of the incentive that a second publisher would have to reprint the books while they are new.

Why did Prentice Hall go with me? I guess they think I have "Open Source credibility". They named the book series after me - it's "Bruce Perens' Open Source Series". I suppose they're trying to make me into the Peter Norton of Linux :-) I swear, I didn't ask them to name it after me, it was their idea. They need my name there to differentiate their line from any other Open Source book series that another publisher creates. I will go along with that, as long as they are willing to help me get good documentation into Open Source. I won't make much money from this, that's the nature of the technical book business - and I'm not the author of the current titles, just the series editor. But it helps me achieve a good cause.

You can see a full-size cover at http://perens.com/Photos/Books/Massa.pdf

You can get a look at the first three books on the Barnes and Noble web site, at

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?isbn=0130354732 http://search.barnesandnoble.com/bookSearch/isbnInquiry.asp?isbn=0130091154 http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?isbn=0131407333

The first two are available now, the third is coming in March. We expect to have 7 to 9 books on this shelf in 2003.

The books are under Open Publication License 1.0 with no options taken. It is an Open Source license in that form, but would not be if any of the options were taken, as they restrict modification and commercial use.

For background, my Bio is at http://perens.com/Bio.html

The publicist at Prentice is

Justin Somma Prentice Hall Publicity 201-236-7992 justin_somma@prenhall.com

Please copy him if you'd like to schedule an interview. He can also hook you up with the book authors, and my executive editor at Prentice: Mark Taub, mark_taub@prenhall.com , who can speak about some of the business considerations for the publisher.

You can always email me directly at bruce@perens.com, or call 510-526-1165 (US Pacific time zone).

(Score:5, Informative)
by Robotech_Master (14247) on Monday January 06, @01:34AM (#5023820)
(http://www.eyrie.org/~robotech/index.html)

What you need to do is put the electronic version online before or concurrently with the print version. See the Baen Free Library [baen.com], Baen Webscriptions [webscription.net], and the Honor Harrington CD-ROM [stack.nl] (now hosted on-line in its entirety by express permission of Jim Baen).

And see this quote from Jim Baen, on the Baen Bar:

Baen has experienced a mysterious 50% increase in gross dollar sales in the previous year. Also, our "sellthrough" (percentage of books placed in the market that sell to end-point customers) has improved from the rather startling 63% to the truly stunning 74%. I'm tentatively blamiing this on my wacko e-net proclivities. (Insert a Crazy Eddie ad pastiche here)

There's every sign that having the books available for free or cheap on-line has done nothing but good for the sale of print books by Baen. It might do the same for you.

O'Reilly's Open Books Project (Score:2, Informative)
by Big Sean O (317186) on Monday January 06, @07:14AM (#5024413)
(http://www.officemonkey.org/)

O'Reilly does release out-of-print books (and selected other books), like the DocBook definitive guide, under their Open Books Project [oreilly.com]. Some of the books are a little dated, but some of them are quite useful.

Some other great books I've found on-line are:

The book I think is really needed in the series is a new "Intro to Python" book. "Learning Python" covers Python 1.5 and is so, like, 1990s. Guido's tutorial doesn't cover it either. The "Python: Visual QuickStart Guide" by Chris Fehily is a good replacement for now, but an open book would be better.



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Society

Groupthink : Two Party System as Polyarchy : Corruption of Regulators : Bureaucracies : Understanding Micromanagers and Control Freaks : Toxic Managers :   Harvard Mafia : Diplomatic Communication : Surviving a Bad Performance Review : Insufficient Retirement Funds as Immanent Problem of Neoliberal Regime : PseudoScience : Who Rules America : Neoliberalism  : The Iron Law of Oligarchy : Libertarian Philosophy

Quotes

War and Peace : Skeptical Finance : John Kenneth Galbraith :Talleyrand : Oscar Wilde : Otto Von Bismarck : Keynes : George Carlin : Skeptics : Propaganda  : SE quotes : Language Design and Programming Quotes : Random IT-related quotesSomerset Maugham : Marcus Aurelius : Kurt Vonnegut : Eric Hoffer : Winston Churchill : Napoleon Bonaparte : Ambrose BierceBernard Shaw : Mark Twain Quotes

Bulletin:

Vol 25, No.12 (December, 2013) Rational Fools vs. Efficient Crooks The efficient markets hypothesis : Political Skeptic Bulletin, 2013 : Unemployment Bulletin, 2010 :  Vol 23, No.10 (October, 2011) An observation about corporate security departments : Slightly Skeptical Euromaydan Chronicles, June 2014 : Greenspan legacy bulletin, 2008 : Vol 25, No.10 (October, 2013) Cryptolocker Trojan (Win32/Crilock.A) : Vol 25, No.08 (August, 2013) Cloud providers as intelligence collection hubs : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2010 : Inequality Bulletin, 2009 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2008 : Copyleft Problems Bulletin, 2004 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2011 : Energy Bulletin, 2010 : Malware Protection Bulletin, 2010 : Vol 26, No.1 (January, 2013) Object-Oriented Cult : Political Skeptic Bulletin, 2011 : Vol 23, No.11 (November, 2011) Softpanorama classification of sysadmin horror stories : Vol 25, No.05 (May, 2013) Corporate bullshit as a communication method  : Vol 25, No.06 (June, 2013) A Note on the Relationship of Brooks Law and Conway Law

History:

Fifty glorious years (1950-2000): the triumph of the US computer engineering : Donald Knuth : TAoCP and its Influence of Computer Science : Richard Stallman : Linus Torvalds  : Larry Wall  : John K. Ousterhout : CTSS : Multix OS Unix History : Unix shell history : VI editor : History of pipes concept : Solaris : MS DOSProgramming Languages History : PL/1 : Simula 67 : C : History of GCC developmentScripting Languages : Perl history   : OS History : Mail : DNS : SSH : CPU Instruction Sets : SPARC systems 1987-2006 : Norton Commander : Norton Utilities : Norton Ghost : Frontpage history : Malware Defense History : GNU Screen : OSS early history

Classic books:

The Peter Principle : Parkinson Law : 1984 : The Mythical Man-MonthHow to Solve It by George Polya : The Art of Computer Programming : The Elements of Programming Style : The Unix Haterís Handbook : The Jargon file : The True Believer : Programming Pearls : The Good Soldier Svejk : The Power Elite

Most popular humor pages:

Manifest of the Softpanorama IT Slacker Society : Ten Commandments of the IT Slackers Society : Computer Humor Collection : BSD Logo Story : The Cuckoo's Egg : IT Slang : C++ Humor : ARE YOU A BBS ADDICT? : The Perl Purity Test : Object oriented programmers of all nations : Financial Humor : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2008 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2010 : The Most Comprehensive Collection of Editor-related Humor : Programming Language Humor : Goldman Sachs related humor : Greenspan humor : C Humor : Scripting Humor : Real Programmers Humor : Web Humor : GPL-related Humor : OFM Humor : Politically Incorrect Humor : IDS Humor : "Linux Sucks" Humor : Russian Musical Humor : Best Russian Programmer Humor : Microsoft plans to buy Catholic Church : Richard Stallman Related Humor : Admin Humor : Perl-related Humor : Linus Torvalds Related humor : PseudoScience Related Humor : Networking Humor : Shell Humor : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2011 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2012 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2013 : Java Humor : Software Engineering Humor : Sun Solaris Related Humor : Education Humor : IBM Humor : Assembler-related Humor : VIM Humor : Computer Viruses Humor : Bright tomorrow is rescheduled to a day after tomorrow : Classic Computer Humor

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