If you haven’t heard of Safari Books Online it’s basically a massive collection of the most popular technical books (over 12,000) that you can access, search, and read online. It’s a phenomenal service, but you have to pay for it as a monthly subscription.
It’s arguably worth paying for, which many of my friends do, but yesterday I learned that if you live in California and have a library card you get access to the service at no cost. The whole library. Free. Just for living in California.
I know there are many horror stories around how California spends tax money, but this is a clear mark in the “well spent” category.
- Get a library card from your local county library.
- Go to your county library’s website, e.g. sfpl.org or aclibrary.org, etc.
- Find a link for e-books and click on the link to Safari Books or Safari Tech Books.
- Enter your library card information when prompted.
- That’s it! Enjoy the entire Safari Online Library.