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Everyone is talking about e-books and even more e-reading devices have been announced and are waiting for your books to be loaded! Where does IBM stand in all of this?
Personally I think that IBM has been at the leading edge of having e-books available about our products and technologies. Even if you don't read them, surely you've heard of IBM Redbooks. For more than 40 years, IBM has been creating "how to" books to help you build your skills on our products and technolgies. There are half a million IBM Redbooks downloaded every year! IBM Redbooks are available to you for FREE in PDF format. Read these books on your computer, laptop or any device that will accept PDF documents.
Beyond the IBM Redbooks, you can find product documentation for DB2 products in PDF format as well as integrated within the product through online help. Again, as these are PDF files, read them on any device that allows PDFs.
IBM Press has published a wide variety of books that can be purchased in the traditional book format, Kindle format, PDF format, or through online book engines such as Safari Books Online and Books 24x7. If you are an employee with IBM, you automatically have access to all the books available on Books 24x7. If you are a student at a University, you may also have access to Books 24x7. Check with your administrator.
A series of books "For the community by the community" are available from developerWorks. These books are available for you to download for free, in PDF format. Titles in this series are being added all the time... and good news for who want translated editions. The books are being translated by members of the community as well, so you may find a translation that is suitable for you.
If you are looking for books specifically for DB2 pureXML, check out the list of free ebooks that are available for you to download in PDF format.
If you're not sure yet if you want to read books online or via a device, give it a try to see what you think. You can download chapters from various Web 2.0 and Social Media books to see if you like it or not.
Many of the publishers who I work with are presenting e-book strategies to me for future publications. The idea is that the books will be available immediatly in an online format of some kind, but the books are only printed when they are requested / purchased by a reader. This means that the book can be more easily updated when necessary and the publisher will not have a warehouse full of printed books. This makes sense, doesn't it?
Do readers want online books exclusively? I don't think so, yet. Perhaps there will always be a need for a printed book... and if you could see my desk, you'd know immediately that I am a big fan of printed books! I got a Kindle for Christmas, so I've started to see the benefits of reading on such a device. And really, Kindle is just the beginning. Everywhere you look there are different devices being made available: Sony, Nook, iPad, apps on iPhones and Blackberries, etc. I can't keep up with all the new devices, but I found this website that lists many that I've never even heard of! So, take a look if you are interested.
All of this combined tells me IBM is very into this ebook trend AND that 2010 is the Year of the e-Book... at least in terms of supply... so we'll have to wait to see if you the readers buy into the ebook technologies.
If you want to add to this discussion, take a look at this group that I've created on ChannelDB2.com: Electronic Books.
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just saw that Safari Books Online now has an app so you can read their books on an ipad. I figured it was time to again to post about the libraries that are available to you:
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If you’re an IBM employee, you have access to Books 24x7 from internal IBM pages. Quite a few other companies, colleges, public libraries and universities also have access to the Books 24x7e- library. Check with your organization to find out more. This library is very similar to Safari Books Online, and access from most e-reading devices is supported. See this website for details. I’ve recently started to watch the Quick Talks series:
I’ve just recently started paying attention to Packt Publishing and must say that I’ve been impressed with their approach to publishing, frequently updated books, and of course an e-library of books:
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There are lots of places where you can buy a printed copy of the IBM Press book DB2 pureXML Cookbook by Matthias Nicola and Pav Kumar-Chatterjee, but unfortunately due to an unknown mix up... you CANNOT buy the book at the IDUG Rome conference that is taking place this week.
I'm sorry for the mix up and will make sure that future conferences are NOT missing key books like this! I know it matters in terms of ease and expense that these books are available for sale at conferences... so my apologies to anyone who wanted to buy a book and was unable to!
Here's what I can do, however. I'll tell you where you can buy the book at a discount that is higher than than the discount offered at the conference.
First of all, if you are a MEMBER of IDUG... and if you attended the conference, you are automatically a member, please remember that ALL IBM Press books are available for you to purchase at a 45% discount! This is a significant savings that is offered to you with your membership, so make sure you take advantage of your special status. You must log into the IDUG members site to take advantage of this offer.
If your office or home is in Europe, you're likely concerned about duties, taxes, and shipping costs that may be significant if the books are shipped to you from the USA. For you, we suggest that you purchase your IBM Press books at the Pearson Education EMEA bookstore. They offer a 35% discount and free shipping in Europe.
In the USA, you should take advantage of the IBM Press offer that is taking place right now. You can purchase IBM Press titles at a 35% discount and receive free shipping in the USA.
If you prefer to read books online rather than in print, you should know that the book is available in both Books 24x7 and Safari Books Online. Of course if you have a Kindle or Sony Book Reader, you know that you can purchase electronic copies of this book as you normally would.
Again, I'm sorry that the book wasn't available at the IDUG Conference in Rome, but it WILL be at the IBM IOD Global Conference in Las Vegas. In fact, you will have an opportunity to meet one of the authors (Matthias Nicola) and get your book signed while you're there. The signing is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28... so drop by if you are at the conference and help me congratulate Matthias on his first book! For more information about the IOD conference, see Kate's blog where today she blogged about the IOD Bookstore!
As always, thanks for reading my blog and your continued interest in the published books that I promote!
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