Times are changing rapidly especially in the book market. I used to love going to the bookstore to browse and would end up with a large bag full of beautiful books! I still do that sometimes, but now I’m more likely to order technical books online, fiction for my kindle, and business books in audio format.
I’m often recommending books for people to purchase, and today I was asked where do I recommend that people buy their books. Here’s my answer.
I normally put an amazon.com link for the books that I promote. I do this mainly because amazon.com is by far the most well known book buying site around the world. Many countries have their own amazon site, so if you’re like me and live in one of those countries, I would suspect that you’d see the title and comments on the amazon.com link but make the purchase on your country site, such as amazon.ca. I also point to amazon because of their prices. I like that they often have 37% discounts on books.
I work directly with many publishers and when they have special sales on their books, I will often write a blog entry about the sale. Here are a few examples:
IBM Press - has offered a discount code – IBMEXPERIENCE – that will save you 35% at the online checkout.
MC Press – has tabs for their “sale” books: Bargain Books, Close-Outs and Scratch & Dents
If you prefer digital books, you have quite a bit of choice as well. All of the publishers offer ebooks for sale on their sites, but also make Kindle versions available on amazon.com as well. ebooks and Kindle versions can be run on many different devices through reader applications. I occasionally use a Kindle reader on my laptop to read technical books. I find the Kindle reader app makes book content more pleasant to read than simply reading a PDF version of a book.
I should use libraries more often, but I haven’t been able to fit it into my lifestyle yet. If you are a library user, you have a wide variety of choice and can even borrow audio and electronic versions of books that exist.
Another library option includes Digital Libraries such as Books 24x7, Safari, and PacktLib. IBMers have a free subscription to Books 24x7, so I frequently browse through those books. My local library membership offers a subscription to Safari Books Online. I haven’t used this service yet, but I have used Safari before. The three digital libraries are similar, but they contain a different collection of books. If you have the full membership of a digital library, you’ll also be able to download the books to your reading devices as well.
I’d like to hear from you as to where you buy your books. Are you OK that I normally point to amazon.com? Where do you learn about books? Blogs like mine, twitter, IBM websites, amazon? Let me know!
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