[nSLUG] Buying books: I take it back, partly

D G Teed donald.teed at gmail.com
Wed Oct 17 07:42:13 ADT 2007

It seems to be universal, and not surprising when you consider
the volumes of texts they can't sell because they are crap, or
they can't sell because the technology changed, and as I
mentioned previous, for open source they have to compete
with free information on the web.

Perhaps O'Reilly, who everyone seems to like in my experience,
should open a chain called "The Missing Bookstore" :-) .
Perhaps smaller so the square footage doesn't do them in.
Perhaps a watermarked flash memory/PDF
distribution centre with preview workstations.


On 10/17/07, Mike Spencer <mspencer at tallships.ca> wrote:
> Recently I ranted that you should drive to Harvard Square in
> Cambridge, Mass. for tecnical book shopping. Oy!
> I just discovered that WordsWorth, for my money the best bookstore
> I've been in, closed up 3 years ago. Sad.  They not only had a *lot*
> of technical books, they had an excellent collection of nearly
> eveything else as well.  And it was run by really nice people.
> Now it's not a certain that a trip to the Square will painlessly
> get you what you want.
> http://www.boston.com/ae/books/articles/2004/12/01/closing_store_has_them_at_loss_for_words/
> Sad,
> - Mike
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