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Re: Which Book is better?

by davido (Archbishop)
on Feb 11, 2014 at 19:54 UTC ( #1074488=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Which Book is better?

The first one will be Learning Perl TK, published by O'Reilly, written by Nancy Walsh.

The second (the one from will probably be a photocopy "reprint" of the OReilly book released by Shroff Publishers. Certainly the author didn't do a rewrite for Shroff, complete with a blurry OReilly logo on the cover. I'm not sure how your being an Indian student weighs into your decision as to which version to buy; they're the same book.


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Re^2: Which Book is better?
by robby_dobby (Friar) on Feb 12, 2014 at 04:43 UTC
    No, it's not a photocopy. It's an Indian reprint of books published elsewhere in the world. In this case, O'Reilly might have some sort of a tie-up with Shroff publishers (the publishers here) to reprint their titles for sale in the Indian subcontinent. This is possibly to help make such books affordable for Indian readers.

      I'm glad to hear it's on the "Up and up" (ie, legitimate).

      I do believe, however, that the advice given elsewhere in this thread to go directly to "Mastering Perl/Tk" is probably the best approach. I haven't read either, but the "Mastering" book is at least a few years newer, better reviewed, and still in print.


Re^2: Which Book is better?
by LanX (Bishop) on Feb 11, 2014 at 20:13 UTC
    > and may violate copyright laws.

    Well, for completeness:

    I don't know about Indian laws, but _private_ copies are legal in Germany, if a book gets out of print. (O'Reilly seems to offer only an ebook version)

    175 Rupies ~ 2 sounds like just the costs for photocopying ~400 pages (well maybe twice the costs)


    Though I wouldn't be surprised if "nbc india" has a commercial interest which breaks CR laws.

    Cheers Rolf

    ( addicted to the Perl Programming Language)

      I rethought the "violate copyright laws" assertion: I really don't know. It's been removed from my original post. Who knows... maybe the site is selling copies obtained by used bookstores, where they buy books by the pound, and get what they can out of them. I know the "computers" section of the bulk used bookstore I used to see in LA had a lot of outdated programming books, many still crated up waiting for shelf space. Doesn't seem unreasonable that some of those crates would make their way to India in search of a market.


        Well we can't do O'Reilly's job here to monitor resellers.

        I just was very surprised to hear from the mouth of a book seller that photocopying can be legal.

        I think this includes downloading a digital copy and printing it... (I used to be a student too ;-)

        Cheers Rolf

        ( addicted to the Perl Programming Language)

        Unlikely here since they changed the ISBN.

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