Post by Mike Spencer
(Is it true that the O'Reilly animal books are no longer being
published? I live far from bookstores that could be expected to carry
them and the O'Reilly website seems keen to sell services.)
I hadn't checked their site in years, but looking at it, it looks
like you're right.. Plus, I just found this while searching back
Huh. Right. This from a comment on that page:
I ordered a couple of books direct from their online store a few
months ago, and it's obvious that making a high-quality print book
isn't a priority for ORA anymore. Now they do print-on-demand on
crappy paper stock, standard binding, and the type is inexcusably
blurry; not sure if it's font aliasing or ink bleeding on the
cheap paper. Needless to say their prices haven't gone down along
with the quality though.
I'm getting pretty old so I'm not beating up a new language or system
every few months but the O'Reilly books were almost always everything
you needed to know presented well in one place in a durable format.
Sic transit gloria mundi.
If *should* want to beat up a new language (Python keeps turning up
where I'd like to understand it) a good dead-tree book that I can read
with my feet up is what I want, not something that requires an
You can still get them at shop.oreilly.com or through Amazon or
brick and mortar stores, but not anymore at the main oreilly site.
In the 90s, there were brochures floating around, small booklets
really, with a list of their currently available books and a precis of
each. Haven't seen one for years. Dang.
Mike Spencer Nova Scotia, Canada