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Re: [python-46] resurrecting the book club

From: Jason M.
Sent on: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 2:19 PM
Doug,

I haven't yet made it to a Python ATL meeting (joined just before pycon), but I am interested in the book club.

On Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 3:55 PM, Doug Hellmann <[address removed]> wrote:
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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