I want to take a moment and explain one thing about this blog that might seem odd to regular readers.
I write about books frequently and link to two different web sites where you can buy them. The two book vendors I link to are:
Here's the deal. IBM developerWorks has a business partnership with the Knowledge Resource Center (KRC) to sell books, so if they carry the book that I'm discussing, I will link to them. This is IBM's preference, so since this is also IBM's web site, it becomes my preference.
Sometimes, especially in the case of business books, they don't have the book, and in this case I will link to Amazon.com, because I think they have excellent information on their web site and carry a huge catalog of titles.
Now, a couple of things. IBM has a business relationship with the KRC, so if you click through to them and buy the book, (I assume) IBM makes some money. Also, as I mentioned in an earlier post, I own some Amazon stock, so if you click through and buy from Amazon, you are helping my stock portfolio, albeit in a very small way.
If either of these two facts bother you, feel free to click through, make sure you have the right book (ISBN number is the best means), go to your favorite bookseller (virtually or physically), and buy the book there.
I'm not trying to dissuade you from buying from KRC or Amazon; on the contrary I'm perfectly happy if you make IBM money or help one of my stocks. But first and foremost, I want to make sure that readers trust this blog to be open and honest.
Now that I got that off my chest, let me point you to the right-nav, where I have updated the "Recommended book" link for February, 2005. This month I'm recommending Bruce Schneier's "Secrets and Lies", which I will discuss in a later post.
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