If you're a book lover like me... then you have many bookshelves filled to the brim with books, many of which have been read, but many others waiting to be read. And then there is the inevitable purchase of more books every time you walk into a bookstore! But how can you choose which one is best for you?
If you are looking for technical books, you should try either Safari or Books 24x7 (or really, both!). These online book engines allow you to search across an entire collection of books helping you pinpoint the information that you need RIGHT NOW! If you like, you can simply just continue to search, as you do on Google, and then read the sections that come up. Or you may choose to read the entire book electronically. Your choice.
A few years ago I ran a pilot of Safari in the Toronto Lab. Some of the feedback I received then was that this tool helped them discover a book that they didn't know existed. The person then went to an online bookstore and purchased the printed version of the book. So, not only can you read the entire book online, but you can use these tools as a way to screen / filter the unbelievably large collection of tech books to find what is best for you.
Now is a great time.... as Safari is offering a 10-day free trial to use the tool. If you work for IBM, you should already know that you have a free subscription to Books 24x7. The internal link can be found on the page w3.ibm.com/learning.
So, what's the difference between these two tools? The primary difference is the selection of books. Safari is jointly owned by O'Reilly and Pearson, so you'll find all of their titles in Safari. Books 24x7 typically covers all other books from a variety of publishers. The good news for IBM Press books is that these titles can be found in both.
I hope that you're able to take advantage of these trial offers and that you find the book you need! See our IBM IM Bookstore for the books that I'd suggest.