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Re: book club availability for May and "rules" (was Re: [python-46] resurrecting the book club)

From: user 2.
Sent on: Thursday, April 30, 2009 12:33 PM
I would be up for reading and reviewing Core Python Programming.

- Ryan

On Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 11:14 AM, Doug Hellmann <[address removed]> wrote:
> On Apr 30, 2009, at 10:28 AM, Ryan wrote:
>> Hey Doug,
>> Do you have the list of books you want people to read and review? I
>> would be interested in contributing.
> We have these titles available:
> - Agile Testing (Addison-Wesley/Pear­son)
> - Core Python Programming (Addison-Wesley/Pear­son)
> - Programming in Python 3 (Addison-Wesley/Pear­son)
> - livelessons: Python Fundamentals (DVD, Addison-Wesley/Pears­on)
> - Expert Python Programming (Packt)
> I've picked one book, and Skylar picked another (he got to pick early
> because he's going to deliver the books this month, see below). ?I left
> those items off of the list.
> I'm working on getting more titles from other publishers, but the
> arrangements take some time. ?I think we'll be able to get another batch
> from Addison-Wesley once the reviews for this set hit the net.
> If you have requests for specific titles, let me know. ?So far I've been
> telling publicists "Python and general development-related topics", but they
> usually ask if we want something specific.
> I'd like to propose a few ground rules to keep operations simple and make
> sure everyone has a chance to participate.
> 1. You must be present to win.
> Books will be distributed at our monthly meetings at GTRI. ?I will try to
> post titles the week before the meeting (or when I have them, if they come
> in closer than that), but don't want to mess around with trying to take
> reservations via email. ?That keeps delivery relatively simple as I don't
> have to keep up with who said they wanted what book on the mailing list. ?It
> also encourages attendance at the meetings. ?:-) ?Depending on the schedule
> for any given meeting, we'll either hand out books at the beginning or the
> end.
> The exception to this rule is if you're helping out with running the club
> (delivering books, etc.), as Skylar is this month. ?I'll post to the list
> when I'm going to need someone to help coordinate deliveries.
> 2. If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding!
> We have more interested readers than books available, so we need for
> everyone to write the review for the book you have before picking another
> one.
> I'm going to ask everyone to sign up for the book they've taken, so we can
> keep track of who is reading what, but mostly I think we can depend on the
> honor system for this one. ?Send the link to your review to this list, that
> will clear the way for you to pick up your next book.
> The exception for this rule is if you return the book unread so it can go to
> someone else. ?Sometimes a book just isn't as interesting as you thought,
> and that's OK. ?Maybe it will be exactly what someone else was looking for.
> 3. Punctuality Counts
> The publishers are sending us free books with the expectation that we'll
> post the reviews to help with publicity. ?We don't have to guarantee GOOD
> reviews, but we do need to post reliably. ?Typically 4-6 weeks should be
> long enough to read and write up a short piece with your opinions. ?Again,
> I'm not going to come track you down and harass you, I just want to make
> expectations clear. ?Rule #2 should take care of lapses in #3.
> 4. Recycle!
> If you find a book especially valuable, you're welcome to keep it -- that's
> explicitly part of the deal. ?On the other hand, if you don't think a book
> is something you'll re-read or use as a reference, consider bringing it back
> and letting someone else have a go at it. ?This is optional, but brings good
> karma.
> I don't think any of that is controversial, but I'm open to suggestions as
> long as they don't make managing the whole thing too complicated.
> As far as posting the reviews goes, I'm looking at some sites like
> readernaut to make sharing the reviews easy, but I think a blogged review is
> going to be preferable for most of the publishers. ?Some have requested
> Amazon reviews, too, so those should be acceptable. ?If you need some place
> to post and don't have a blog, send me your Google ID and I'll add you to
> the PyATL group blog. ?If you have had experiences (good or bad) with online
> book club sites, let me know about that, too.
> Doug
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