Regex Guru

Monday, 20 December 2010

#1 O’Reilly eBook for 2010

Filed under: Regex Cookbook — Jan Goyvaerts @ 10:21

The year-end issue of O’Reilly’s author newsletter discussed the trends O’Reilly has been seeing the past few years, and their predictions for 2011. The key trend is that digital is now more than ever poised to take over print:

Our digitally distributed products have grown from 18.36% of our publishing mix in 2009 to 28.09% of our mix in 2010. What is more impressive is that our digitally distributed products have produced more than double the revenue that has been lost with the decline of print. I think this is important because some say that digital cannibalizes print products. Our data indicates the contrary, as print is declining much more slowly than digital is growing. I think we may be seeing developers purchasing a print book, and then purchasing the electronic editions to search and copying code from, as the incremental cost for digital is more than reasonable.

My own book seems to be leading this trend. Thanks to everyone who purchased it!

And the five bestselling O’Reilly ebook products for 2010: 1) Regular Expressions Cookbook, 2) jQuery Cookbook, 3) Learning Python, 4) HTML5: Up and Running, and 5) JavaScript Cookbook. I think it’s interesting that the top five ebooks are code-intensive books. They’re great products for search and code reuse.

It’s also interesting that none of the top 5 ebooks made the top 5 of print books.

1 Comment

  1. Hi Jan,

    Wanted to mention that I recently purchased a copy of the book “Regular Expressions Cookbook” by Steve Levithan and yourself.

    All I want to say is THANK YOU! After probably 15 minutes reading the beginning pages, the light went on in my head. I FINALLY GOT IT!

    So often before I would write a quick utility in C or even Basic to “massage” a text file to strip out, find or change certain text.

    I stayed away from Regular Expressions because, try as I might, I just didn’t get it. Simple things like [a-z] I understood, but the modifiers and back-references simply made no sense to me.

    Now, thanks to your book, I understand what’s going on. I’m nowhere near the Regex guru that you are, but I’m learning!

    Thanks again!!

    — Roger

    Comment by Roger A. Krupski — Saturday, 5 February 2011 @ 1:51

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