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Online reference library

Does anyone here use an online reference library such as http://www.books24x7.com/home.asp ? I am looking for a good one
I was trying this one out and found it to be both incredibly useful and at the same time annoying.

Good points:
- Search trough the library is very nice to get used to.
- being able to compare specific issue treatment by different writers is very enlightening.

Bad points:
- incompleteness. This is inevitable I guess, but if your favorite book on a subject is not in the collection you still have no single reference body.
- search: as implemented there is just not good enough.
- You have to be online to use it.
- The books are formatted in fragmented HTML sections. This is probably to avoid people form getting easily sharable documents, but it hinders the legitimate user (a pdf per book would be preferable IMHO. I wouldn't mind it being encrypted somehow to only work on my machine)

Do you know of a better or comparable setup?

Just me (Sir to you)
Thursday, December 05, 2002

How about the O'Rielly - SAFARI books ?

Informit also links to them (I think!).

I have the same complaints about electronic books - when I access them from http://www.netlibrary.com/ (Rutgers University eBook Collection)

Prakash S
Thursday, December 05, 2002

I find safari.oreilly.com very useful. I think I have the $10 a month subscription, which gets me five "slots" for books. They have more than just O'Reilly books too. They even have "Refactoring" by MF.

You view the books online as HTML, in sections. This has never been a problem for me.

Senator Awesome
Thursday, December 05, 2002

Senator Awesome--

Does O'Reilly have any problem with you saving the whole book to your hard drive?  I don't really like electronic books but at those prices, and keeping them for future reference, I might give Safari a try.

Matt Conrad
Saturday, December 07, 2002

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