March 6, 2003
O'Reilly Books Don't Suck
I have a friend who, when trying to find a technical book about something, seems to avoid O'Reilly books, buying them when there is no other alternative.
So I got to wondering, am I not in the know about some audience who dislikes O'Reilly? When looking for a technical book my default is to start with O'Reilly. I typically review the chapter titles or sections to see if it addresses the issues I need before purchase. I often don't look elsewhere unless O'Reilly doesn't have a book on the subject.
I did a light search this morning to see if I could find anything to support my friend's trend to avoid O'Reilly. I did these searches:
- oreilly sucks: mainly results about Bill O'Reilly and the TV Show The O'Reilly Factor
- oreilly books suck: wild spectrum of results, mostly the word suck used in different context like "suck it up" or "why open source doesn't suck"
- orielly books bad: mostly results from O'Reilly site, articles about bad practices
- don't like oreilly: the most concrete example of someone who doesn't like an OReilly book. Apparently Steven Feuerstein used controversial sociopolitical examples in Guide to Oracle8i Features
- hate oreilly books: nothing significant. Quotes from Tim about things he hates etc.
Glad that I wasn't missing some boat. I really do like O'Reilly books and wouldn't have changed anyway, but it still has me puzzled.
Posted by mike at March 6, 2003 8:43 AM