It was Ed Bott tweeting about his new book Microsoft Office 2010 Inside Out, which finally prompted me to proclaim:
“No more dead tree computer books!”
(Messrs Bott & Siechert have released a DRM-free eBook)
I have a collection of printed computer reference books, from “C by Dissection” to “Microsoft SCCM 2007 Administrators Companion”. Taking up valuable storage space.
And here’s the thing. I might have read them cover to cover, once maybe. Now I use them as reference books. My latest dive into a book was to refresh my memory on how to upgrade a Microsoft SMS 2003 server to SCCM 2007. Something which can be more easily referenced via an electronic copy. In PDF format, it will also be phrase-searchable.
And the other reason for me to go electronic? It’s cheaper. Take Microsoft Office 2010 Inside Out as the example.
$54.99 for the printed edition, $43.99 for the electronic version. Total cost for the printed copy, landed in Australia?
Electronic books wins hands down for me.
I feel for O’Reilly Median and Messrs Bott & Siechert, as I suspect they’re going to lose some sales to piracy.