I have been a fan of IBM’s Redbooks for, why I can’t even tell you how long. Long enough to remember when they were still had Red covers. Long enough to remember what a thrill it was when my IBM SE brought them to me back when I was a customer. Always thought I was special because he brought me Redbooks….. To this very day they are usually one of the first place I look when I need information. (They used to be THE first place I would look until Google came around.) Now I keep a small portable hard drive that I take everywhere I go that is loaded with “my” Redbooks. They are so cool that Roger Miller used to CD’s he made himself loaded with the latest Redbooks as prizes.
What makes a Redbook such a valuable asset? They are usually written by a team as a result of actually working with what ever the subject of the Redbook was. They weren’t created in a void by professional writers, they were written by regular people like us. They were written by the same people that love to use Redbooks as their #1 resource.
Well, something pretty cool recently happened to Redbooks. A few of them where converted to EPUB format so you can use them on your Nook or iOS devise. Ya, I know you can download the PDFs and browse them with your handheld device or eReader. But you couldn’t do much else with them; just read them.
This unique group of first Redbooks in EPUB format are just that.. in EPUB format. I can tell you form personal experience, they look great on an iPad 3 (or new iPad as Apple keeps trying to get us to call them).
An EPUB format for Redbooks has been a ling time coming. People started asking for Redbooks in the EPUB format almost as soon as they realize eReaders were here to stay.
Do I have your interest If I do, go out to the Redbook EPUB web page and so a search to see what’s currently available at:
The above link will bring up a search screen that will search Redbooks that are only in the new EPUB format. Right now there’s over 300 Redbooks in EPUB with more to come.
To quote Lydia Parziale, an ITSO Project Leader for System z Core Technologies on the Poughkeepsie Redbook team,
“IBM Redbooks are newly available in EPUB format for e-readers, including iPhone, iPad, iPod and Nook. We will continue to convert IBM Redbooks publications to EPUB format and they will continue to be downloadable at no cost to the reader. “
Of course, the traditional Redbook web site is still going gang busters with the latest and great on just about every conceivable topic at
Assuming a lot of you have an interest DB2, here’s a partial list of what is available today from Redbooks in EPUB format:
Security Functions of IBM DB2 10 for z/OS, SG24-7959-00
DB2 10 for z/OS Performance Topics, SG24-7942-00
Here’s a partial list of a few of my non-DB2 favorites that I always keep handy:
The entire ABCs of z/OS System Programming Volumes 1-13
ABCs of z/OS System Programming Volume 12, SG24-7621-00 (my favorite volume, focuses on WLM)
Introduction to the New Mainframe: z/OS Basics, SG24-6366-02 (perfect for anyone who wants to know more about the mainframe)
You don’t see your favorite Redbook on my list? And you didn’t find it when you searched the Redbook EPUB site? Well, don’t despair, Lydia is still looking for suggestion for additional Redbook publications that can be converted to EPUB format, Post the Redbook title here and I will get it to Lydia. If you have to have the actual publication number, that’s ever better.
Finally, you can
Final tip for all of you with an iPad… bring up the iPad’s browser, go to the Redbook EPUB web site, find the publication you want to download, and click on DOWNLOAD. Your iPad will prompt you to add it directly to iBooks so it’s conveniently on your bookshelf forever.