resurrecting the book club

From: Doug H.
Sent on: Saturday, April 25, 2009 3:55 PM
Hello, Python Atlanta,

Some of you may remember that in the past we had a "sub-group"  
organized as a book club.  I'm working to resurrect that activity, and  
am looking for input from anyone who wants to participate.

I'm working on setting up arrangements with the publicists at several  
publishers of Python and general programming books.  I'm basing the  
agreements on what we were doing last year:  They will send us review  
copies of books so we can read them and discuss them.  After we've  
read them (usually within 4-6 weeks), we'll post reviews online to our  
individual blogs and/or the PyATL group blog.

The reviews aren't a huge commitment.  They don't have to be very long  
or follow a formal structure.  I can provide some examples and  
guidelines for anyone interested, but typically you would describe the  
nature of the book, impressions about readability, whether the content  
matched your expectations, and whether it was technically accurate.   
We try to be balanced and talk about the good and bad, but if a book  
is bad you have to call it like it is.

I have a stack of books on my desk from Pearson waiting for readers,  
so if you would like to participate let me know via this list.  Once I  
have an idea of the level of interest, we can work out the details for  
distributing books and making sure the reviews are posted.

Doug

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