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Packt celebrates International Day Against DRM, May 6th
[Partner Content] 05 MAY 2014

Packt Publishing firmly believes that you should be able to read and interact with your content when you want, where you want, and how you want – to that end they have been advocates of DRM-free content since their very first eBook was published back in 2004.

To show their continuing support for Day Against DRM, Packt Publishing is offering all its DRM-free content at $10 for 24 hours only on May 6th – that’s all 2000+ eBooks and Videos available on www.packtpub.com.

packt publishing drm free day sale banner

“Our top priority at Packt has always been to meet the evolving needs of developers in the most practical way possible, while at the same time protecting the hard work of our authors. DRM-free content continues to be instrumental in making that happen, providing the flexibility and freedom that is essential for an efficient and enhanced learning experience. That’s why we’ve been DRM-free from the beginning – we’ll never put limits on the innovation of our users.”

Dave Maclean, Managing Director

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Related Link: http://www.packtpub.com/

Packt Publishing celebrate 2000th Release with Buy 1 Get 1 Free Promotion!
[Partner Content] 25 MAR 2014

packt publishing logoIf you are a software developer like me, then Packt is a pretty handy resource to be aware of – essentially a digital publisher specialising in tech-related books.

Anyway, they’ve just gone and released their 2000th title (they originally kicked things off back in 2004!), and to celebrate this milestone they’re launching a Buy One, Get One Free promotion across their entire range of eBooks.

The campaign begins on 18th March 2014 and will continue up until 26th Mar 2014.

Check it out at here.

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Press Release: Known for their extensive range of pragmatic IT ebooks, Packt Publishing are celebrating their 2000th book title ‘Learning Dart’ – and they want their customers to celebrate too.

To mark this milestone Packt Publishing will launch a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ offer across all eBooks on March 18th – for a limited period only.

‘Learning Dart’ was selected as a title and published by Packt earlier this year. As a project that aims to revolutionise a language as crucial as JavaScript, Dart is a great example of an emerging technology which aims to support the community and their requirement for constant improvement. The content itself explains how to develop apps using Dart and HTML5 in a model-driven and fast-paced approach, enabling developers to build more complex and high-performing web apps.

David Maclean, Managing Director explains “It’s not by chance that this book is our 2000th title. Our customers and community drive demand and it is our job to ensure that whatever they’re working on, Packt provides practical help and support.

At Packt we understand that sometimes our customers want to learn a new programming language pretty much from scratch, with little knowledge of similar language concepts. Other times our customers know a related language fairly well and therefore want a fast-paced primer that brings them up to a competent professional level quickly.
That’s what makes Packt different: all our books are specifically commissioned by category experts, based on intensive research of the technology and the key tasks.”

Since 2004, Packt Publishing has been providing practical IT-related information that enables everyone to learn and develop their IT knowledge, from novice to expert.

Packt is one of the most prolific and fast-growing tech book publishers in the world. Originally focused on open source software, Packt contributes back into the community paying a royalty on relevant books directly to open source projects. These projects have received over $400,000 as part of Packt’s Open Source Royalty Scheme to date.
Their books focus on practicality, recognising that readers are ultimately concerned with getting the job done. Packt’s digitally-focused business model allows them to quickly publish up-to-date books in very specific areas across a range of key categories – web development, game development, big data, application development, and more. Their commitment to providing a comprehensive range of titles has seen Packt publish 1054% more titles in 2013 than in 2006.

Erol Staveley, Publisher, says “Recent research shows that 88% of our customers are very satisfied with the service knowing that we offer a wide breadth of titles in a timely manner, and owing to the quality of service that they receive 94% of customers are willing to recommend Packt to friends and family. It’s great that we’ve hit such a significant milestone, and we want to continue delivering this fantastic content to our customers.”

Related Link: Packt’s Buy One, Get One Free Promotion

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Packt Publishing: Instant Fancybox – Why, oh why? Books | My Reviews 25 FEB 2014

packt publishing logoA while ago I was approached via e-mail and asked to review (and thus publicize) an e-book via my site by a representative (Dyson D’Souza) of Packt Publishing. (Packt is apparently a UK based publishing company specializing in focused IT books.)

The title in question was Instant Fancybox, authored by a Kyle Diedrick.

Now I’m particularly fond of the fantastic Fancybox jQuery plugin developed by Janis Skarnelis, and have of course mentioned it on numerous occasions in my code-related posts, which is why I guess I was asked to provide a review in the first place.

First of all, I have to say that I was rather surprised to learn that someone had actually bothered writing a book covering the usage of a single jQuery plugin. Sadly this thought rang true as I quickly flipped through the downloaded e-book and realized that my initial reaction had been correct – there really isn’t much point in writing a book about how to use the fancyBox plugin, as all you are really doing is rehashing all the usage/implementation documentation already present on the plugin’s primary download page.

So a pointless exercise then in other words.

Sadly this wasn’t actually the thing that left a slightly bad taste in my mouth. FancyBox is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license. It is still essentially free to use for personal, non-commercial projects as long as you correctly attribute the plugin back to fancyApps, i.e. Janis Skarnelis.

Now for decency’s sake, shouldn’t an e-book that is essentially attempting to make money off Skarnelis’ work at least acknowledge him somewhere in the text?

I would have thought it good manners to do so. (Because of this, I’ve decided not to physically link back to Packt – seems fair to me.)

So in summary, (and while I’m sure Kyle Diedrick is a great guy) this e-book really isn’t worth paying for – and it’s 7.99 UK pounds for 72 pages mind you. The reason? Well, you require familiarity with HTML and jQuery to get something out of this title, but the reality is that if you are familiar with HTML and jQuery, then the existing documentation and usage guides on the primary FancyBox download page is actually more than enough for you to achieve what you need to achieve.

My recommendation: skip in favour of a something more advanced like an in-depth guide to jQuery.