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Yakov Fain's Java Blog: On Importance of Book Titles "My Job Went To India"

Yesterday I went to B&N and after my usual scan of the Java section, I noticed a small red book on the top shelf

Yakov Fain's JDJ Blog: On Importance of Book Titles

How do I make a decision to purchase a book?

1. If I know the keywords (Java, .Net, SQL), I search  online, read the book description,  3-4  reviews and click that button.

2. I go to my local Barnes & Noble bookstore and pick up some books from the shelves. I pick the books either from a well known publisher/series, or the ones with intriguing title. I may not purchase them eventually, but at least they have a chance.

Yesterday I went to B&N and after my usual scan of the Java section, I noticed a small red book  on the  top shelf  (not a prime location)  that  put a smile on my face and I picked it up. The title was just brilliant:

"My Job Went To India and all I got was this lousy book. 52 ways to save your job".

Our B&N has a large area where people just sit and read the books. If they like it, they buy it (sometimes from the Amazon),  if not they put it back on the shelf.

I skimmed through this book and did not purchase it. The author was not able to sell me any of his ideas/advises. This book had  some not too practical recommendations on managing your career and scattered bits and pieces on author's experience in  establishing a software shop in India. The author spent there a year and a half, but unfortunately did not have much to share.

So even though B&N is more expensive than online stores, it gives you a chance to check out a book...and not purchase it.

But that title was just perfect , and I'm sure many  copies of this book will be sold (mostly online though). I take my hat off to the publisher of this book.

posted Sunday, 4 December 2005, 4:15 PM EST

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Yakov Fain is a Java Champion and a co-founder of the IT consultancy Farata Systems and the product company SuranceBay. He wrote a thousand blogs (http://yakovfain.com) and several books about software development. Yakov authored and co-authored such books as "Angular 2 Development with TypeScript", "Java 24-Hour Trainer", and "Enterprise Web Development". His Twitter tag is @yfain

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Yakov Fain's Java Blog: On Importance of Book Titles "My Job Went To India" Yesterday I went to B&N and after my usual scan of the Java section, I noticed a small red book on the top shelf (not a prime location) that put a smile on my face and I picked it up. The title was just brilliant: 'My Job Went To India and all I got was this lousy book. 52 ways to save your job'. Our B&N store has a large area where people just sit and read the books. If they like it, they buy it (sometimes from the Amazon), if not they put it back on the shelf.

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