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January 19, 2003

Occasional irregularity

As I mentioned a month or so ago, I signed up to be an O'Reilly Irregular. My assignment: To scope out a local Borders, and inventory the O'Reilly titles, noting which of their books are displayed face-out, which are old editions, and which (from O'Reilly or others) are getting endcap or table placements.

I did a reconnaissance visit a couple of weeks ago, and guessed that it would take an hour. It was closer to 3. This particular store had 8 endcaps and a table, almost 400 O'Reilly titles, and titles (intentionally or not I'm not sure) scattered among sections. I can understand why Learning Unix for Mac OS X would be in both the Unix and Mac OS sections, but why was Building Java Enterprise Applications: Vol. 1 - Architecture in four different sections?

Still and all, a pretty good trade, as Unix Power Tools and Building Secure Servers with Linux should be making their way to my doorstep shortly.

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I pity you upon your visit to the Midtown Borders. I have seldom seen a CS section in a bookstore that is as jumbled and out of place as that store. Sure, the online inventory checker says they have 3 copies of that ColdFusion book, but those three copies are randomly dispersed in the CS section, just like every other CS book. In contrast, the other Borders in town seem to be able to keep web development, database, and general programming books all sorted neatly.

Posted by: hofo at Jan 20, 2003 9:18:32 AM

well, I see I'll never become an irregular: I sent a note of interest when Frank first mentioned this and again yesterday after reading this post and remembering I had never heard back. So I get a reply to both emails this afternoon, saying they had 30 slots and 400 applicants, and could I try back later.


Posted by: paul beard at Jan 20, 2003 7:08:49 PM

I'm jealous of that copy of Unix Power Tools. I've been thinking about that one, but $40 (at Bookpool) is still to rich for my blood. I've always tried to get my work to pay for technical books, but Georgia Tech isn't in to that too much. (And I seem to recall that Tech treats books as a capital expense (!)).

Posted by: Paul Holbrook at Jan 21, 2003 8:06:22 PM