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.