How to Review a Book (For Hants-LUG)

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Instructions on how to review a book for the Hampshire Linux Users Group

Instructions on how to review a book for the Hampshire Linux Users Group

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  • 1. 1 Book Reviewing FOR DUMMIES Adam John Trickett www.iredale.net adam.trickett@iredale.net PGP Key: 0xAF0DB8C8 Version 1.0.1 © Adam Trickett, September-2009 Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence.
  • 2. 2 The Publishers • Apress & friends of ED • O'Reilly Media Version 1.0.1 © Adam Trickett, September-2009 Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence.
  • 3. 3 The Deal • They send us books for free • We review them properly and post the review in public view • We keep the book • They sell lots of books Version 1.0.1 © Adam Trickett, September-2009 Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence.
  • 4. 4 What Books? • New books, usually less than 12 months old • Don't have many reviews already • Smaller niche topics • Expected to be a big seller • Ones we ask for Version 1.0.1 © Adam Trickett, September-2009 Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence.
  • 5. 5 What is a review? • Describe the book • Beginner level guide to foo • Explain how it works • Three sections • Code examples and Q&A section • Objective observations • Has code errors • Errata page is correct Version 1.0.1 © Adam Trickett, September-2009 Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence.
  • 6. 6 Subjective Bits • Do not just say it's good or bad • Say why it's good or bad • Your opinion is only valid if the reader of the review understands what you are saying and who you are! Version 1.0.1 © Adam Trickett, September-2009 Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence.
  • 7. 7 Do I have to be nice? NO Version 1.0.1 © Adam Trickett, September-2009 Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence.
  • 8. 8 Do I have to be nice? You just need to write a useful review Version 1.0.1 © Adam Trickett, September-2009 Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence.
  • 9. 9 In Summary • Fred says “Begging Foo is good/bad do/don't buy it” • Fred knows Foo well because he said so • He showed several examples where the book is excellent/wrong • He said key bits were included/missed • It's a bargain/silly price Version 1.0.1 © Adam Trickett, September-2009 Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence.
  • 10. 10 The Review • Belongs to you, you own the copyright • The publisher needs it in the public eye • The LUG web site • Amazon.co.uk and other book sites • Any community web site or podcast • They do want permission to quote from it • They need to know it's been done Version 1.0.1 © Adam Trickett, September-2009 Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence.
  • 11. 11 The Contract • You write a review • We (the LUG) publish it • You get to keep the book • BUT • If you don't write an acceptable review in a timely fashion, you return the book • You are prepared to lend the book after you reviewed it Version 1.0.1 © Adam Trickett, September-2009 Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence.
  • 12. 12 Links • http://www.hants.lug.org.uk/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?BookReviews/FAQ • http://apress.com/community/writeareview • http://ug.oreilly.com/bookreviews.html Version 1.0.1 © Adam Trickett, September-2009 Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence.
  • 13. 13 Thank You Any Questions? Version 1.0.1 © Adam Trickett, September-2009 Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence.