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Is everything by Packt bad?
Usually I come here to see if the bundles are worth it, and always when it's a Packt bundle people don't recommend them.
Some of the books in the last data science bundle had decent reviews. I don't think you need to write it off, but approach with caution.
If you can't find substantial reviews, googling the author's name leads you to other places talking about the book. One of the books I bought, the author commented on Reddit breaking down the literature in his field, and that seemed satisfactory to me, so I went ahead and bought the bundle.
I think Packt bundles are considered hoarder's bundles. They satisfy the buying itch hoarders get every week but, unless you're well-versed in the book's subject, you're not going to know whether or not the books are actually worth it.
I'd wait for a video by the YouTube channel gamefromscratch. He posts here once in a while and posts videos on tech-based humblebundles. He has also written a Packt book himself and doesn't generally recommend the books. So there's that.
I'll check it out, thanks.
Yeah, can anyone tell if they are packt with good stuff?
The only time a Packt book is "good" is when there are no other books available on that topic anywhere else, you're going somewhere without any Internet whatsoever, and you're just that desperate for something, anything.
Also, don't ever let one of their sales/marketing guys get ahold of you wanting you to either write a book for them or review books for them. They are extremely annoying. I've declined sooo many times, and I have colleagues who are similarly regularly bothered. Some who have written or reviewed for them, ALL of them said it was not at all worth their time.
Best avoided, imo, as a reader... unless you literally have no other choice. Even for free. And obviously I definitely don't recommend writing or reviewing for them, either.
They are, by far, my least favorite books. I've only gotten one bundle of Packt books (the one with all the Mobile development stuff), and honestly the books were worse, in my opinion, than the basic tutorials/documentation available online for free. O'reilly are fine, but I find most of them pretty dull. I haven't finished all of my No Starch books, but the ones I have read (Land of Lisp, Learn You Haskell/Erlang, Python Crash Course, The Linux Command Line) were fantastic. I actually bought Python Crash Course and Python Playground for full retail price on Amazon and not in a bundle because I thought they were worth every penny.
I avoid them completely. The few that I've read were of much lower value than what you could find in a YouTube video, tutorial, or googling. They make a huge amount of books at the expense of quality and price. I just can't feel like I'm properly learning when reading Packt.
They also annoy me because they flood Amazon suggestions so it's harder to find a decent book.
YMMV by book but their usual quality leaves something to be desired.
There are two basic book bundles I always avoid on HB: Packt and Make. Neither publisher seems to care at all about depth of subject matter. If you just want a light intro, I guess Make books can do that, but so can a 5-min video on YouTube. Packt, well, deeper, maaaaybe, but often just badly written, poorly explained, frequently a lot of bad grammar and spelling, and just plain lack of expertise with the subject matter is pretty much always very apparent.
Both feel like they crank out books of the most basic quality just to see what sticks, and count on people not doing any research or knowing tons of free and better content exists pretty much everywhere online.
To Makes credit, I'd say at least they have pictures and real world examples to get ideas from. So many times you see a new tinker board and think wow that looks fun and I want it... but what can it do.
As I get older ... and I'm old... I get more and more irritated with the rabbit hole of YouTube. I always end up on some flat earth or ufo moon base videos for some reason. Some of the maker and craft diy on there is great though.
Try watching lists rather than individual videos. Can't remember the last time I had fun letting YouTube drive. Can't remember any such time.
(you probably know, but just fyi there's a Filter up in the search, to look up lists or channels)
Also, you can try changing your approach - first buy, then consume. First search for some topic, browse the videos and instead of watching them right then just collect them in your watch later list. Or, make several lists for different topics and whenever you find something interesting, drop it there.
It sucks to have a free hour, decide to watch something interesting on YouTube and end up spending the hour searching for something interesting. Especially when you eat dinner. Which is now cold. I went through this a couple times...
Great advice. Thanks.
Solid point re: Make. And YouTube, like regular TV, has more noise than signal these days for sure. Way too easy to get distracted or get tripped up unknowingly watching and using subpar content.
And re: getting old... I'm there as well. Can't say I prefer it most days. :|
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I usually see goodreads lists, but maybe this bundle does not qualify as good.