A year ago IBM entered into a partnership with Pearson Education to publish IBM Press books. This would be similar to other popular series of technical books such as Cisco Press, Oracle Press and Microsoft Press.
Our mission is to publish the highest quality content for the critical topics facing today's business and technology students and professionals. With books designed to help educate business leaders, help users master the diverse range of technologies and solutions and prepare for IBM certifications, IBM Press books are an informative resource for knowledge that's critical for today's IT professional and throughout their careers.
Currently we have 55 published IBM Press books covering a wide range of topics including DB2 Information Management, WebSphere, Rational, Autonomic Computing, Quality Documentation, Grid Computing and more. We have another 20 or so titles in the pipeline for the coming year.
Overall we're happy with the reception that these books have received and the feedback that we are getting from readers. We do realize, however, that we still have a long way to go to build up awareness of these books. I discussed the problem we are having in getting these books into bookstores in a previous blog entry, but we also have work to do in other areas including academia, partners, training courses, and more.
If you are interested in knowing about the titles that we have available and receiving a discount on the books, see the official IBM Press website http://www.ibmpressbooks.com. Register for the monthly IBM Press newsletter that will inform you of the additions that are made to this ever-growing collection.
One book that I am particularly proud of is a book that published earlier this year. It has been selling very well and has received excellent reviews. There have been multiple requests to translate the book and interest from professors to use it in their database courses.
Understanding DB2: Learning Visually with Examples
by Raul Chong, Clara Liu, Sylvia Qi, Dwaine Snow
This book thoroughly introduces every DB2 concept, procedure, and tool needed to get results as an administrator, user, or developer. Users will find authoritative coverage of installation, configuration, objects, database instances, storage, connectivity, security, performance, backup and recovery, SQL fundamentals, and much more. Virtually every new concept is explained with screenshots, diagrams, or tables, all designed to help users learn faster and remember more.