python a bust?

A.M. Kuchling amk at
Fri Nov 14 13:28:24 CET 2003

On 14 Nov 2003 03:19:49 -0800, 
	Anand Pillai <pythonguy at> wrote:
> I would prefer to see more books on Python though they all might
> be useless from a pure techie point of view. Let us have

Consider two situations:

1) There are four introductory Python books.  All sell X copies; the
publishers make money and are happy.
2) There are twelve introductory Python books.  All sell X/3 copies;
the publishers lose money and let them go out of print.  (Example: the
O'Reilly Python Standard Library book.)

There's a finite number of dollars being spent on general Python books; no
point in having 15 titles chasing after the same market.  The recent run of
topic-specific books is very heartening, however.


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