Illusory Follies Andrew Flanagan's Blog

23Jan/093

O’Reilly Books

home_tarsier (Copyright O'Reilly Media)I love almost all the O'Reilly books that I've read. The content is great. The style is readable. The quality is excellent.

I've heard of Safari Books Online over the last year or two and I've been thinking about it more recently. Safari Books offers unlimited access for $42.99/month to all the O'Reilly books. At first blush, it seems expensive. Yes, it's nice to be able to do a full-text search through a printed book that's sitting in front of you -- those "index" things in the back are so hard to use! 😉 but at the same time, I don't typically enjoy reading things on the computer for extended periods if time.

...But I'm trying it anyway. My thought is that over the last 12 months I think I've spent at least $50/month on technical books. Most of them (all but 3 I think) have been O'Reilly.

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Anybody reading this used Safari Books? Any opinions? I'll post my thoughts in the next week when I make the decision whether to keep the subscription or not.

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