We’re live from O’Reilly Media’s TOC conference in NYC this week. Lots of talk about some of our favorite subjects – Kindle, iPhone, Google Book Search, DRM, etc.
Back in a more primitive time I used to lug copies O’Reilly Media’s massive technical books home from the local bookshop. I’d drop $50 on copy of Unix Power Tools and six months later a new edition would be released. Not only did those books eat up shelf space, they ate up my bank account.
O’Reilly is, without question, the leading technology book publisher. Their books are generally regarded to be the gold standard for technical information. They publish a mind boggling array of titles covering every minute detail of the Internet and programming. How’s this for a title: Checking C Programs with Lint? No technology topic is too esoteric for O’Reilly, and no technology is too new. If it’s worth knowing about, O’Reilly will have a book coming along any day now.
Not only does O’Reilly publish great tech books, they’re also technology leaders in the publishing industry. While other publishing houses struggle with the concept of eBooks, O’Reilly launched a subscription based eBook service way back in March of 2001. Five years later Safari Bookshelf is still the only service of it’s kind.