Good book choice?
rob at diespammerdieuselesspython.com
Tue Sep 17 16:34:18 CEST 2002
> This isn't directed at the book mentioned (which is why I didn't quote
> its name in this rant), rather at all books which come with CDs. I hate
> it when books come with CDs. I'm perfectly capable of downloading the
> source code used in the book, and in fact I prefer to hand-type it while
> reading from the book anyway, to make sure I see every part of the
> code. When a book comes with a CD, it is cumbersome to read portably,
> which is the whole advantage of books, unless you take the CD out. And
> if I take the CD out, then there is no doubt that it will get lost, or I
> will be unable to return the book if dissatisfied, etc. Plus, you can't
> tell me that the inclusion of a CD and the envelope/publishing used to
> include the CD doesn't add a few units of currency to the book's cost.
> Poke this opinion full of holes, but when I buy a book, I want a book,
> not a software package. The book should be good enough to stand on its
> own without the "bonus" material on CD. I think twice about buying a
> book that comes with a CD, to tell you the truth.
All perfectly valid sentiments, of course. But for the village in Nepal
lacking bandwidth because they are still six months away from having a
phone line (not as far-fetched an example as it may seem), an entirely
different set of considerations may be found.
I find myself on the middle path on this issue, since I rarely have
personal use for the CDs, but find that they do make it easier to
distribute Python in my fits of zealous advocacy. I have bandwidth, but
no burner, and some are more interested in hearing me out if they don't
have to face a long (in some cases, expensive) download before they even
get to see if they would be interested.
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