[RndTbl] Fwd: O'Reilly online shop no longer selling individual books and videos

Adam Thompson athompso at athompso.net
Wed Jun 28 20:04:00 CDT 2017

ORA (O'Reilly & Associates) Safari is their online eBook all-you-can-read subscription service which includes every ORA book and quite a lot of others as well.
I believe it predates the Apple Safari browser.

Safari subscriptions are obviously healthy enough, and individual book sales weak enough, that they figure it's not worth maintaining a retail storefront anymore.

Although there's no mention that I saw either way, I would assume you can continue to purchase ORA books like every other book, though booksellers (including Amazon, of course).

Based on what I've heard from other publishers, Amazon - which likely represents the bulk of their print sales nowadays - punishes publishers who compete directly with Amazon, especially those that discount their books even further.  ORA didn't discount further, but did offer the eBook with the print edition.

So they decided to go back to their roots as a publisher, plus a subscription service.  It's their right to change things.  Although I do wish *something* would stay the same these days.  Something good, I mean - government incompetence and inefficiency seems to be a constant even though I wish that would change!


On June 28, 2017 7:22:21 PM CDT, Hartmut W Sager <hwsager at marityme.net> wrote:
>Huh???  I am stunned!  And, it's "as of today".  No prior notice?  What
>happened there so suddenly?
>I am also somewhat confused by the alternative ways of buying O'Reilly
>books.  I don't know what this Safari thing is all about for buying
>books -
>I thought Safari is an alternate browser.
>Hartmut W Sager - Tel +1-204-339-8331
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>From: O'Reilly Media <oreilly at post.oreilly.com>
>Date: 28 June 2017 at 17:57
>Subject: Changes to the O'Reilly shop
>To: hwsager at marityme.net
>[image: And important things about your O'Reilly account]
>Hartmut W,
>Things are changing at the O'Reilly online shop—as of today, we are no
>longer selling individual books and videos via shop.oreilly.com
>Of course, we'll continue to publish books and videos on the topics you
>need to know, like data science, product management, and leadership—and
>you'll still be able to buy them at Amazon and other retailers. And
>important things about your O'Reilly account are staying exactly the
>   - You'll still have access to every ebook and video listed in "Your
>   Products" on your O'Reilly account page.
>- We'll alert you when those products are updated, and you can download
>   the revised version from the "Your Products" page.
>   - You can still send the O'Reilly ebooks you've purchased to Dropbox
>   and/or Google Drive.
>Of course, *every O'Reilly book and video (including O'Reilly
>sessions) is available instantly on Safari*, plus:
>"Safari turbo-charged my learning. Instead of limiting myself to a few
>books a year, I now have access to a dream library." – Arthur
>Digital Analytics Consultant, Accenture
>- *thousands more* from other great publishers like Packt, Pearson, and
>   Wiley
>   - *early access* to upcoming O'Reilly books
>- *training* in TensorFlow, Python, JavaScript, and more—delivered
>   online, by real experts in real time, and only available on Safari
>- *on-demand Learning Paths* on data science, people management, design
>   thinking, etc.
>"Safari turbo-charged my learning. Instead of limiting myself to a few
>books a year, I now have access to a dream library." – Arthur
>Digital Analytics Consultant, Accenture
>If you like Spotify and Netflix, you'll love Safari (1.8 million people
>already do)! And for the cost of seven books a year, you'll have access
>the *entire* O'Reilly catalog. *Sign up for an annual membership
>one week only, we'll throw in a $100 Amazon gift card* to spend on
>you want. And Safari membership has a 14-day money-back guarantee, so
>do you have to lose?
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