Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Electronic Options for my Books

Executive Summary: my books are now available as DRM-free PDFs, for the Kindle,
or via Safari for both online viewing and PDF download. You now have multiple
options for reading my "Effective" books without harming any trees.

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[DRM-Free PDFs]

I've mentioned in the past that I've been working on PDF versions of my books.
Those are now available, DRM-free and chock-full of linked navigation in all the
ways I believe you have a right to expect: tables of contents, indices,
cross-references, URLs, mailtos, the whole nine yards. In fact, they've been
available since October, but I've held off officially announcing them until now,
because there were a few bureaucratic loose ends that didn't get tied up until
last week. Information on the PDFs is available at
http://scottmeyers-ebooks.com/ .


Unbeknownst to me until about an hour ago, two of my books -- Effective C++ and
Effective STL -- are now available for Amazon's Kindle. I haven't seen these
editions myself, so I can't tell you anything about them. Since I don't have a
Kindle, this is unlikely to change anytime soon. If you try these editions,
please let me know what you think of them. You'll find links to the Kindle
editions of these books at http://www.aristeia.com/books.html .


My books have been available for online viewing via Safari for a while, but only
last week did I learn that Safari also sells PDF versions for download. These
PDFs were prepared without my involvement, and I haven't yet seen them myself,
but my guess is that they will offer fewer features than the PDFs I mentioned
above. They may be priced more attractively, however. The entrée to the world
of Safari is http://www.safaribooksonline.com/ .

I'll do my best to keep my books page ( http://www.aristeia.com/books.html ) up
to date regarding the various delivery options for my books, but sometimes new
editions come out without my knowing about it. (The author is always the last
to know!) If you find a version not listed at my site, please tell me about it.

Personally, I find that print and electronic versions of books have
complementary strengths and weaknesses, so I'm pleased that my books are now
offered in so many formats. I hope you'll take a look at the options available
and, if you try one or more of the non-print versions, let me know how you like
them. For the book I'm working on now (check out http://fastwarebook.com/ --
which needs a lot of work, sigh -- if you are interested), my plan is to target
electronic publication as the primary delivery mechanism, so I'm quite
interested in what works and what doesn't.


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