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Is it right to recommend a book in an answer?

I have recently written an answer to a question on one of Stack Exchange's sites. In my answer I included a link to a chapter of a book to add more information about the point I was discussing. ...
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Make it clear that we can only add books which are available on Amazon

When adding a book to our Careers profile, this is the UI: However, when searching (which is the only way to add) the results are only from Amazon. Can it please be made clear that we can expect ...
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I can't add a book that I've written that's not on Amazon

Is there any chance that there will be support to my Careers profile for adding books that aren't available to purchase through My book was published through Smashing Magazine and it isn't ...
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(Where) Can I ask questions about the content of design and programming books?

Is there an appropriate place to ask questions about the content of a book I'm reading? I'm currently reading a book about object-oriented analysis and design where the authors derive some diagrams ...
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Where I can ask for recomendation on books on databases? [duplicate]

Normally I would ask on Stack Overflow, but after reading the rules I am positive that it is not the right place. I am not even sure if this is the right place to ask this "meta" question?
Ondrej Peterka's user avatar
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GoodReads integration? [closed]

I already track the books I'm reading on GoodReads and I'm much too lazy to look them up again. What do folks think of an integration similar to github repos, where I'm prompted with a list of the ...
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What should I do since general book recommendations are not allowed?

I asked a question about capturing audio sessions from other processes and found what I need is not available from the windows API and I may need to end up writing drivers to do what I want to do. I ...
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Best questions ever

As you may have noticed from the news, Quora created a pdf with the best questions ever asked in their site, and distributed freely to the public. I think it would be a good idea to make a similar ...
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Should the book tag stay?

Personally, I think they should stay. Book Tag Programming books don't come cheap and as a student you don't know which one to buy given the plethora of books available. Say I want a book on ...
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proposal: a community powered index on programming resources (books, blog posts, etc) [closed]

Edit: some people have referred to Area 51 being the place to ask this kind of question. Can this question be moved there by someone? Edit 2: people see problems with this proposal: it would be too ...
Michiel Borkent's user avatar
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How can we discourage book recommendation questions?

The issue of book recommendations has been raised before (to name a few examples); however, I'm raising it again because the problem doesn't seem to have gone away. books has over 2,500 questions, so ...
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Is it alright to post solutions to exercises from programming books? [closed]

I am interested in working through the exercise from SICP, Accelerated C++ and Numerical Linear Algebra. I was wondering if it would be alright to post my solutions as SO or mathoverflow questions ...
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Where should I post such a question? [closed]

I have a question and I'm not sure where I ought to ask it. Should we read previous revisions or editions of the same book before we start reading the newest edition? For an example: I ...
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Why is Stack Overflow discouraging "which book should I read for..." questions? [duplicate]

Maybe this is not such a stupid question. There are similars, but they don't directly answer what I'm asking: Aren't questions about "best" going to end up having answers reflecting ...
Francesco Belladonna's user avatar
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Is it ok to create a tag to help readers ask programming questions related to my book? [closed]

My publisher has this old-school forum for readers of my book to ask programming questions related to its content and code samples. I'd like to direct them over to Stack Overflow, but want a good ...
Reto Meier's user avatar
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Kill the book lists and put them home in their respective tag wikis [closed]

Sock your eyeballs on the horde of questions tagged books on Stack Overflow. Clearly this is a honeypot for programmers to rifle through their desks, pantries and basements and post whatever tomes ...
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Book Search in Careers 2.0 Profile broken?

Is the Book search in Careers broken? I can't find anything, based on author search, title search, or ISBN searching?
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Amend the UI for adding books at careers

I just inadvertantly posted a duplicate (now deleted) to this question, the answer suggests that the ISBN search feature for books is already implemented. So, could anyone modify the UI to make that ...
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Are SQL Server reading recommendations from 2008 considered canonical? [closed]

This question: Recommended SQL Server / T-SQL book Got closed as a duplicate of: The original question is ...
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Search more than just for books on careers

True, 90% of my professional library is English. But this does not mean that the last 10% are not noteworthy. So it would be nice if you searched not just amazon**.com** for books but all of amazon (...
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Use ISBN to search for books on careers

In addition to Title and Author it would be nice to allow ISBN to search for book to add to careers profile. An ISBN has the distinct advantage to produce always just one hit.
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What link should I post when making reference to a book?

When we are making a reference to a book in our answer/question... What link should I place? Original page book Wikipedia Amazon I'm just asking because maybe SE could earn some comission in some ...
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We've added a "bookshelf" to Careers 2.0 profiles -- feedback wanted

We've added the ability to include books on your Careers 2.0 profile. The idea is to mention books that have influenced your professional development, and explain how they did so. Did you implement an ...
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Stackbooks from data on Stackoverflow

I am a PHP coder and am trying to learn some C++ to develop some toolbars for my website (for IE). While Google is a wonderful resource, SO over the past years has collected a lot of knowledge/info ...
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Referencing books in a country-agnostic manner

I've seen various questions referencing programming books by linking to the book on the US Amazon website. Being based in the UK this isn't much use to me; It's also not great if Amazon ever stop ...
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Stack Overflow open source books?

Maybe it's just an optimistic dream of mine, but so many people offer up great books on here, and there are so many great programmers that I would love to see a cumulation of the knowledge in an "open ...
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Stack Overflow and GotW

Per Jeff's request, redirecting here: I have a question about using SO as a forum to publish content. Now that the next ISO C++ standard is pretty much locked down, I’m thinking of going back and ...
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Any Interest in including (programming) book reviews on SO? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can we have a Something entirely w/in the extant structure--e.g., allow the Review to be posted as a question. Perhaps put a word limit. Book Reviews ...
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What is the quickest way to find book authors among SO users?

There are many published authors with high popularity and credence at SO. Is there a way to query or list out all of them?
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What good book questions have been asked and answered on SO before? [closed]

Are there already good questions and answers about books? Or should I ask yet another question about the best programming book?
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First Class Citation System

I humbly propose very basic citation system that allows users to stipulate sources for answers and questions. The new tables collecting citation information could be queried for very interesting data ...
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Royalties from a Stack Overflow-sourced book

Please read the whole post, this is relevant. I have been pondering the idea of writing a book for kids and/or people new to programming. I would post questions on SO and use the answer(s) in the ...
Richard Stelling's user avatar