Linux Books--Then and Now - page 4
In the Ancient Times
As much as we rely on the Web for information today, I just don't see interest in printed Linux books slowing down, at all. As a matter of fact, I'd say demand and production are both increasing.
Most of the Linux technology writers and editors, that I've met over the last couple of years, have authored their own books on Linux and Open Source. It's a natural extension of the Linux media environment, a credibility builder and a real draw for those interested in multiple income streams. With the advent of Print On Demand (POD) and short run printing, its pretty easy to publish and promote books on any number of Open Source topics.
Let's not forget how quickly the Linux world is evolving, either. New applications and techniques are arriving at breakneck speed and being described in shiny new 3 inch thick techo manuals, just as fast as authors can produce them.
People like to be able to flip pages and walk around while "browsing" the shelves at a bookstore. Retailers are making it easier that ever for people to continue to do that.
Will the Web force us to return to those ancient one or two Linux book title days?
Fortunately, not anytime soon.
Rob Reilly is a technology consultant, who specializes in helping clients communicate effectively. Many of his published articles are geared to the use of Linux, portable computing and presentation technology, especially as it relates to communication in business. His stories appear in various Linux and business media outlets. Send him a note or visit his Web site at http://home.earthlink.net/~robreilly.