A lot of my development work is done in Drupal/PHP. For several years, the definitive source of books about Drupal has been Packt Publishing. I have a shelf full of their books. And I was a beta tester of their PacktLib, and still have a subscription. PacktLib lets you read any Packt book on-line. I find it most useful for deciding if I'm going to buy a book.
Packt Publishing is celebrating publishing their 1,000th book (that's a lot of books) with an offer of a free eBook and one week's access to PacktLib from September 28 through September 30. Just go to Packt's website and login to register. If you don't have an account you can create one there.
Here's the press release:
28th September 2012
Packt Publishing reaches 1000 IT titles and celebrates with an open invitation
Birmingham-based IT publisher Packt Publishing is about to publish its 1000th title. Packt books are renowned among developers for being uniquely practical and focused, but you’d be forgiven for not yet being in the know – Packt books cover highly specific tools and technologies which you might not expect to see a high quality book on.
Packt is certain that in its 1000 titles there is at least one book that everyone in IT will find useful right away, and are inviting anyone to choose and download any one of its eBooks for free over its celebration weekend of 28-30th Sep 2012. Packt is also opening its online library for a week for free to give customers an easy to way to research their choice of free eBook.
Packt supports many of the Open Source projects covered by its books through a project royalty donation, which has contributed over $4,00,000 to Open Source projects up to now. As part of the celebration Packt is allocating $30,000 to share between projects and authors as part of the weekend giveaway, allocated based on the number of copies of each title downloaded.
Dave Maclean, founder of Packt Publishing:
“At Packt we set out 8 years ago to bring practical, up to date and easy to use technical books to the specialist tools and technologies that had been largely overlooked by IT publishers. Today, I am really proud that with our authors and partners we have been able to make useful books available on over 1000 topics and make our contribution to the development community.”