Safari Books Online is joining me as they provide one of the available options for electronic books.
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.
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 . Although owning a book reading device is nice, it isn't necessary. There are apps that run on smart phones and computers to optimize the online reading experience.
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.
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.
I digress... back to the conference: Safaria Books Online and I will set up in a central location and have plans to showcase many of the books that have been recently published. For an idea of the books that you'll see there, see my previous blog entries:
Besides the books, you'll also be able to buy IBM-logo merchandise. A wide range of items are being made available for you to purchase.