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The Pragmatic Bookshelf – my favourite tech publisher

Posted on: November 29th, 2011 by AstonJ No Comments

Having purchased quite a few programming books from various publishers recently, one has quickly become a firm favourite; The Pragmatic Bookshelf (AKA The Pragmatic Programmers.)

Why?

Here are three great reasons that make them stand head and shoulders above most other publishers:

Their pricing model – They’re a bit like a convenience store and big supermarket all rolled into one. If you’re in a hurry, you can go to their site and get what you want at the usual price, but, if you can hang on a bit (a bit like travelling to a big out-of-town supermarket) you’ll very often run into a discount voucher for a whopping 40 or even 50% off! Their digital books are competitively priced anyway (compared to other publishers) so hanging on for a coupon is an added bonus and the icing on the cake.

Excellent beta schemes – You can often buy their books while they’re in beta, and not only are they available in all major digital formats, but they get updated often too. You also get access to a forum where you can talk directly with the book author/s.

You’ve got mail! – or rather a digital book sent directly to your Kindle! I LOVE this feature. Whenever there’s an update to a book that I’ve purchased, it automatically gets sent to my Kindle device. So no matter where you are, you have the latest version of the book – no need to faff around downloading the latest version to your Mac, hooking up your Kindle and copying over your book – you just turn on the Kindle’s wifi, and it automatically syncs up and downloads the latest version! The service is free too, cool huh?

On top of all that, they have some really good books from some top Ruby talent (four pragprog books recently made it to my Best way to Learn Ruby & Rails list).

All they need now is to sign up my some of my favourite authors (Russ Olsen, David A Black and Ryan Bigg) and I’ll be an even happier chap.

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