What are they e-reading?

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I often wonder who reads the e-books we link into our catalog. While I love reading on my Kindle I can’t go more than few “pages” into a web-based e-book before my head starts splitting. Of course, I have to overcome years of paper-based reading to be satisfied with these webified versions so perhaps my reaction isn’t typical.

We offer just over 8,070 Safari e-books in our catalog and during the first two months of this year 1,370 of those titles were accessed (roughly 17% usage). So, what’s hot?

Top ten titles for 2011 (with year-to-date access in parentheses):

  • Program Development in Java: Abstraction, Specification, and Object-Oriented Design (3587)
  • Computer Security: Art and Science (3202)
  • Head First Design Patterns (1146)
  • CCIE Professional Development Routing TCP/IP (1180)
  • Internet & World Wide Web: How to Program, 4th ed. (1062)
  • Learning SAS® by Example: A Programmer’s Guide (877)
  • Effective Java™, Second Edition (772)
  • CompTIA A+® Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, 7th Edition (671)
  • Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML (660)
  • Test Driven: Practical TDD and Acceptance TDD for Java Developers (658)

Least popular title that had at least one use thus far in 2011?

  • Zend Framework in Action

2 thoughts on “What are they e-reading?

  1. Tom Scheinfeldt

    Ah ha! This is why we have such a hard time finding programmers from the student body to work on Omeka! They’re all learning Java when they should be learning Zend!!!

  2. Wally Post author

    I thought about Omeka when I saw Zend at the bottom of that list too. Could it be that PHP coders are smart enough to realize they should just go ahead and buy books when they need them? Or maybe it’s just that java coders have to refer back to the manuals more often.

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