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