What makes you buy the book? This is similar to, but still different from What do you look for in a technical book? . What makes you consider a book? - word of mouth (who in particular do you listen to?) - JavaRanch banner - comments by gurus - flashy cover - book reviews - seeing what strikes your fancy as you browse in a book store - other How do you usually hear of books? What works well? What doesn't? What makes you actually buy it? What would influence your decision? --Mark
- word of mouth (who in particular do you listen to?) A must. I particularly listen to people that I think are in my same level of expertise. - JavaRanch banner no - comments by gurus yes. but I tend to follow more the word of mouth, or my first answer. - flashy cover don't care. - book reviews Very important. How do you usually hear of books? Forums, newsletters, people at work. What makes you actually buy it? The need to improve my skills What would influence your decision? can't think of any. If I find any I'll post it
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Reasonable amounts of whitespace. I hate tech books that are 8,000 pages long but only use 2" of each page for textual content. An online, up-to-date errata list is good, too. Especially if there were some indication of which printings or editions have those errata fixed.