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(Free) Ebooks And Magazines

Mark Mzyk | July 26, 2009

I read.  A lot.  I’m currently in the middle of seven different books, ranging from the technical to self-improvement to fiction.  I’ll finish each book in its own time, but part of the reason my progress has been slow is that other pieces of written information continually vie for my attention.  I’ve come across a number of online magazines and ebooks that are of interest and I thought I’d collect the list here so that you could also look over them.

Free Online Magazines

PragPub Magazine

A magazine recently started by The Pragmatic Programmers.  It contains information on a variety of topics, from languages to job hunting.

Rails Magazine

A magazine about Ruby and Rails.  Some of the topics are broad enough that even if you don’t use Ruby or Rails it might be worth your while to check it out.

The Functional Web

Steve Vinoski writes a column for the IEEE Internet Computing Magazine that focuses on functional programming.  He makes each of his columns available for free.

Non-free Magazines (but with free samples)


A magazine about JavaScript programming.

No Fluff Just Stuff, The Magazine

The title of this one really explains it all.  It’s a magazine from the guys who bring us the No Fluff Just Stuff conferences.

Free Ebooks

How to Call Attention to Your Music

I’ve mentioned this one before, but it’s worth mentioning again.  It’s by Derek Sivers, and while it might say it’s targeted at musicians, it’s awesome advice that everyone can use to advance their careers and end up where they want to be.

279 Days to Overnight Success

A great ebook showcasing all the hard work it takes to run a successful blog and how to make that blog then turn a profit.  While the focus is on blogs, the advice applies to any endeavor you might undertake.

The Pomodoro Technique

A technique that helps me get stuff done.  If you’re perpetually distracted like me, then you need to read about the Pomodoro Technique. It involves a timer and discipline.  It’s simple.  Really simple.  So simple you’ll be tempted to dismiss it.  However, you really should think about giving it a try if you have a hard time making yourself concentrate on the task at hand.

Getting Real

The ebook from 37signals about how they get stuff done.  Is it revolutionary?  No, but sometimes you need someone to tell you the obvious.

That should be enough reading to keep you busy for awhile.

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  1. Comment by Marcus:

    Also just read 37signal’s book and it’s astonishing how obvious things may seem when someone puts it in print.

    Although I tried the pomodoro technique I didn’t find it to useful to the job I’m currently doing. Maybe I’ll give it another try once I’m back at uni.

    Overall, a nice collection of links! Some new ones, thanks!


    August 25, 2009 @ 05:16
  2. Comment by Mark Mzyk:

    Hey Marcus,

    Glad you like the links. I agree about the 37Signal’s book – much of it seems obvious, but the real trick is in executing the obvious, which is much harder to do.

    I’m not going to say the pomodoro technique is for everyone. I recommend that people try it, but if it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work. Move on and find something that does. Finding how to make yourself productive is a lot like software development: you have to keep trying different options and designs, refactoring them over time, until you find what works for you.

    – Mark

    August 25, 2009 @ 21:05
  3. Comment by Gebeya:

    I read getting real from 37 signals. I have huge respect for those guys. I can summerize their idea in few words.

    Make it usable and simple.

    August 27, 2009 @ 13:44
  4. Comment by Mark Mzyk:

    Hey Gebeya,

    That’s a good, succinct way to express the Getting Real philosophy. I like that.

    August 28, 2009 @ 16:23