More cheap books, from Packt

Packt is offering two ways to get your cheap book fix.

Mega-Bundles consist of books selected around a theme, 15 for $50.

Build your own bundles are 10 books for $40. There is a great variety to choose from, including everything this blog discusses and much more besides.

Some of the books are shortish – 100 pages or so. You can see the page counts for the individual books. Of course length and quality are two different things.

Time may be short, so check these out soon. If you recommend particular books, leave a comment.

No Starch Press books in new Humble Bundle

Get a bunch of ebooks cheap, in PDF, .mobi and .epub formats. But hustle – the promotion ends about 20 days from now, just before Christmas.

The books cover R, Python, Javascript, SQL – even F# and Haskell for you functional programming lovers. One promises Bayesian statistics “the fun way” with Star Wars, rubber ducks and LEGO – how can you possibly resist that? And for those of you who don’t foul up statistics enough on your own, there’s “Statistics Done Wrong” to help you out.

No ereader, no problem! If you’re reading this you can get one fast. The books are available as PDFs so you’re definitely covered on any machine that can read a PDF, and that’s about anything. The free Kindle app will handle the books too, with more conveniences and less obnoxious scrolling.

I usually read my ebooks on a Kindle or Nook. This gives me a nice legible screen right next to my main monitor to help me work. The Kindles will read .mobi format, Nooks like .epub. Not sure about Ipads or Google devices – haven’t tried them.

You might have to jump through some hoops to get the books loaded on the ereaders, but it can be done. I’ve done it by “sideloading”, and Kindles will let you email books below a certain size to your Kindle email account, assuming you have one.

An app like Calibre will let you convert formats and also serve as a reader on a PC or Mac, maybe even on Linux. This also makes it easier to grab code straight from the books. Yep, it’s free.

No excuses – get started!

Cheap Python book deal from Humble Bundle

Several books can be had and you can name your own price. All titles are from the No Starch Press, including the “Automate the Boring Stuff with Python” book that has a corresponding Udemy class.

Keep an eye on Humble Bundle because this isn’t the first time they’ve offered interesting Python bundles, and they have others too. You have a bit more than a week, so pounce right here!