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Wed, 03 Dec 2014

Higher Order Perl and Free Books

I wish more authors would come to their senses, particularly with technical books. I purchased the dead-tree version of Higher Order Perl years ago, it is an amazing book and recommended reading for any programmer. Luckily, it is free to download [0].

"...the publisher was not important. Instead, he said, I should make sure to negotiate permission to make the book available for free on my web site. He told me that compared with the effort that you put into the book, the money you get back is insignificant. So if you write a book it should not be because you want to make a lot of money from it but because you have an idea that you want to present to the world. And as an author, you owe it to yourself to get your idea in front of as many people as possible. By putting the book in your web site, you make it available to many people who would not otherwise have access to it: poor people, high school students, people in developing countries, and so on." [1]

posted at: 09:06 | path: / | permalink | books, ebooks, free, higher order perl

Sat, 18 Jan 2014

2600 Magazine's Ebooks

I've been a subscriber to 2600 magazine for about four years, and while the technical content is of varying quality, I enjoy reading the opinions, letters, 'hacker perspectives' columns and fiction. I also like reading the older 2600 magazines - from the 80s. This is when I got my start in computing, so there is definitely a bit of nostalgia there, but I also enjoy reading about the computing history of that time.

One of the things 2600 is doing right is that they are selling their older issues as part of annual archives, DRM-free, in multiple formats and at a reasonable price [0]. Electronic subscriptions via the Kindle are priced much less than the print issues. I know, it sounds almost unbelievable. Why don't more legacy publishers do this with their out-of-print backlists? What are they afraid of? Apparently, making money _and_ pleasing their customers. I guess they could never imagine both.

posted at: 12:37 | path: / | permalink | 2600, ebooks, magazines

Tue, 27 Mar 2012

Ebooks Cost Too Much

Some time ago I read the dead-tree version of the book Daemon, by Daniel Suarez. A very good book, and one I was glad to see now had a sequel. I was less pleased when I went to the Barnes & Noble website to see how much the ebook would cost (I have a 1st gen nook) - $9.99. Just out of curiosity, I checked the kindle price, and it was the same. I'm sorry, $9.99 is way too much for an ebook. I'm willing to pay more for physical books, but not an ephemeral digital version, even if it's in an open format like epub. I can't be alone - I would buy *many* more ebooks if they were at or below $3.00. It seems to me publishers are losing money by jacking up ebook prices (I've noticed authors selling direct through Amazon or B&N to tend to charge less, it's just the publishers trying to hang on to an obsolete business model). In the end, I picked up an almost-new hardcover for $1.93 on half.com (just under $6.00 with shipping), and I have the physical book.

posted at: 13:51 | path: / | permalink | cost, daemon, ebooks, epub, nook