Jag Venugopal's Blog

May 17, 2011

Get (nearly free) tech ebooks

Filed under: Digital Living — Jag @ 8:47 pm

When you buy a computer-related title on Amazon from either O’Reilly or Microsoft Press, you can register it on O’Reilly and buy an ebook copy for $5 more. Oftentimes the above combo is cheaper than buying just the ebook from oreilly.com. And O’Reilly is fine with selling you an ebook upgrade for their titles even if they were purchased elsewhere.

I like O’Reilly titles because virtually all are free of fluff. The books are usually compact enough that you do not risk injury to your feet if you drop them (unlike, for example, the late lamented “Unleashed” series from SAMS). Besides, I’m inclined to give first preference to a publisher that implicitly trusts its readers not pirate their titles, without having to cloak it in various cockamamie DRM schemes.


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