Transmission Line Noise


Thu, Jul 25, 2013

This is not a definitive list but is the one that i use the most frequently as it a) gives me access to books and also b) it gives me a view of where tech is going. In general publishers are there to make money, so they print books that will sell and so their lists tend to reflect trends in programming and computer science and usage. I say in general because some of the list are historical and some are self publishing sites which are therefore open to anyone.

Words of warning. There will always be bad books. Badly written, full of proprietary libraries and code, written by self delusional authors, copies of the documentation that has been released by a project etc. So read reviews, check on Amazon to see that people say there, use the look inside facility many site offer to read a few pages online to get a feel for what is there.

The list. In no particular order and i am not specifically recommending one publisher over another.

  • O’Reilly — Large and well estab­lished com­pany with a good rep­u­ta­tion espe­cially in the open source area. How­ever they also cover the “pro­pri­etary” areas such as Microsoft, Cisco, Ora­cle etc. Mainly pub­lishes tech­ni­cal books. For a long period O’Reilly book cov­ers depicted ani­mals to the extent that the Perl books with a Camel on the front sim­ply became known as the “Camel” book

  • Lean­pub — “Lean Pub­lish­ing is the act of pub­lish­ing an in-progress book using light­weight tools and many iter­a­tions to get reader feed­back, pivot until you have the right book and build trac­tion once you do.” Publishes a wider range of books than just tech­ni­cal but the com­puter based books tend to be rel­e­vant to cur­rent trends. Javascript, Node.js etc. They will often have sam­ple chap­ters and will have min­i­mum price with the abil­ity to pay more at the pur­chasers choice.In the account dash­board are your pur­chases in PDF, MOBI and ePub formats.

  • Prag­matic Pub­lish­ers - “The Prag­matic Pro­gram­mers is a com­pany with a sim­ple goal: to improve the lives of devel­op­ers. We cre­ate timely, prac­ti­cal books, audio books and videos on clas­sic and cutting-edge top­ics to help you learn and prac­tice your craft. Our titles do not con­tain any Dig­i­tal Restric­tions Man­age­ment, and have always been DRM-free; we pio­neered the “beta book” con­cept; we’ll email your ebook to your Kin­dle and synch your ebooks amongst your devices via Drop­box, and you can re-download your pur­chases at any time. We’re here to make your life eas­ier.“Smaller pub­lisher but, and this is a per­sonal opin­ion, strikes me as more the haute coture of tech pub­lish­ing than O’Reilly’s Asda. Don’t get me wrong i love OR and prob­a­bly have more of thier books than any­one, but a new Prag Pub book is always a delight to me. They also have a monthly mag­a­zine which is worth a read.If any­thing Prag lean towards the Java/Groovy/Scala/Erlang school of pub­lish­ing but have iOS titles as well as more gen­eral ones.

  • Wrox - Wrox were early into the pub­lish­ing scene for tech books con­cen­trat­ing on Microsoft related titles and then branch­ing out into open source titles. They always had, and i believe still do, pro­gram­mers writ­ing the books. In 2003 they became insol­vent (think dot com bust) and were taken over by Wiley. Dis­tinc­tive for their solid red covers

  • Man­ning - Founded in 1990 and con­cen­trat­ing on sci­ence and engi­neer­ing but steadily mov­ing into com­put­ing and the inter­net. Man­ning cover use old lith­o­graphs of cos­tume worn by peo­ple 150 to 200 years ago (and mainly liv­ing in the Balkans it seems to me)

  • Packt - Com­ment to follow

  • Apress - Com­ment to follow

  • Effendi - Com­ment to follow

  • Addi­son Wesley/Pearson - Com­ment to follow

  • Infor­mit - Com­ment to follow