This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
The table you found is easier to read, though. Amazon has this book at $34, with free shipping.
When I went to to Amazon website recently, I was amazed to be offered a 1.57% discount. Somehow (probably through cookies) Amazon had discovered that I had been using their a9.com web search engine, and they give a slight discount for that (actually, they phrase it as a discount of "pi/2", so they have caught the same "math disease" as the Google guys they are trying to emulate).
It's alway a tremendous struggle trying to agree on a cover for a technical book. The problem is that people literally pick up or not a book on the basis of whether it attracts them or not. And nobody has any idea what attracts people to a cover! So you see a lot of weird stuff, like the "packing case" cover of "Thinking in Java" and the "Duke cartoon" covers of the entire Sun Addison Wesley Java series. The publishers are all really paranoid about cover art because they live and die by people who "judge a book by its cover" and they have no solid idea why something works or not!
The earlier editions of Just Java had a volcano on the cover, spewing out lava in the shape of (by coincidence) a letter J. I had at the very beginning proposed a cover to Prentice Hall that was a beautiful landscape of the island of Java. In the foreground people were harvesting rice from a paddy field, and the landscape swept back to a majestic mountain like this:
To me, it was a really cool landscape of Java that would make great cover art. But Prentice-Hall didn't understand it - though they went with the volcano aspect of it. Eventually I was able to persuade them to update the cover, and now (like Adrian Cockcroft's terrific Performance Tuning book), it has a picture of my car on it! That drawing of a red convertible with the license plate "Java Fun" is my car, and that's supposed to be me in it, blitzing up Highway 1 - the coast road near where I live in Silicon Valley, California.
Hope this isn't "too much information" - just thought people might be interested in hearing a bit of background about book production and what goes into it and why! Cheers,
Author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0131482114/ref=jranch-20" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Just Java(TM) 2 (6th Edition)</a>
Of course, I usually keep the knowledge i get from the books I won in my brain, not on the bookshelf only...
I believe that my brain still got enough space to keep the knowledge from the book, as well as my bookshelf... I will need to delete some unused knowledge from my brain, in order to save newer knowledge...