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Linux Journal: Test It Out: Early Access Book Programs

Apr 26, 2006, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pat Eyler)

"I've been working with technical books for quite a while now, as a reader, a reviewer and an author. I've also been working with Linux and other free software for a long time. Often, I've wondered how publishers could take advantage of the testing that software receives as it goes through alpha and beta cycles. Recently, several publishers have begun to take advantage of that testing cycle for their books. Here, I take a look at how they're doing. I'm not involved in any of these books, so what follows is completely an outsider's view.

"Although several publishers now have early access programs, I'm focusing on three: Pragmatic Programmers, Manning Press and Apress. In each case, I look at the quality of the offering, the benefits and the negatives..."

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