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I still like to read dead-tree books, but I don’t have a reliable news source for finding out about new ones. Does anyone have any suggestions on this front?


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    For tech-related books I usually monitor my “trusted” publishers for interesting titles:

    • Pragmatic Programmers Not quite as many exciting titles recently but I still get their newsletter.
    • Manning I have been impressed recently with their titles recently.
    • No Starch Press More fun titles
    • MIT Press This is more like window shopping for me, I love to look in these windows.

    If I want to dig deeper into a topic, I use a trusted book’s bibliography as a guide.

    I am on GoodReads and just by entering the books I read, I will sometimes get good recommendations. But this is usually a better source for history or biographies, not for tech-related books. Additionally, I like to look for reading lists - so usually from December through January, I will start googling for reading lists and many people will post their best reads of the year and I can generally find some interesting titles there. Bill Gates usually posts his book list and I probably will read half of his recommendations every year.

    I am a new lobster, but I suspect there are some you could find here by searching. Or by posting a “What are your favorite books about x” question.

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      I do something similar wrt. “trusted” publishers. Interesting that you didn’t include O'Reilly on your list - for me, they’ve always been a favourite (and their DRM-free e-books and e-book upgrade options are excellent). Over the years they’ve widened their focus, but I still think they publish a lot of excellent content.

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        That was an over-sight, O'Reilly is still a good source, though it has been a while since I have purchased anything from them.

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      I don’t! I figure the most worthwhile books will make their way to the fore on their own, and I don’t care that much about recency. If it’s good it won’t age in the time it takes to hear about it.

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        The only physical books I buy any more are out of print ones from local used book stores, but I buy a lot of ebooks.

        It’s not very creative, but I search Amazon for the topics I’m interested in, check the reviews, and some times do a web search for a title before buying. I’ve also found Amazon’s scrolling “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” and “Recommended For You” sections to be useful.

        I also hang out on #lisp sometimes, and there will occasionally be interesting papers, articles, or books mentioned or linked to from there.

        For tech books I’ve found it’s helpful to check the publisher’s site before buying on Amazon. On a few occasions I’ve saved $15-$20 by buying a PDF directly from the publisher instead of the Kindle version from Amazon.

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          What don’t you like about goodreads?

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            I’ve never used it seriously. What facilities does it offer to discover new books?

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              What facilities does it offer to discover new books?

              It does not do anything for new books, especially when it comes to tech/programming books

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            If you mean CS/programming books, I typically lag a year behind new releases and see what books people are still talking about then.

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              Where do you see people talking about them? We have relatively few book posts even here.

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              Why not just ask people you know? The pros of this approach is you also get a thing to meet and talk about.

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                Book stores usually do a good job at that. The smaller the book store the better. If you are looking for CS books the librarian of the local university library will be willing to help you.

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                  I’m terrible about keeping up as well, but I’ve found Twitter to be useful. Follow fellow avid readers, they are certain to talk about a book or two.