First off, I love O’Reilly Media, I have friends who work there, they have given me free books for events, and I have produced multiple Ignite events in Boston (which is an O’Reilly Media supported event series).
I have had a Safari Books Online account for many years. I got the account because I found that I spent a lot of money on books about computers, tech, and community and the online book service was a lot cheaper than continuing to grow a physical library. Also, the physical library would go out of date yearly and need updates as new languages and tech came out.
A couple of months back I got a message about how Safari was changing. They were going to make a better user interface and raise the cost of using the new interface. The good news was that the old subscription I was on was still able to continue, but only if I used a special url for the old subscription url.
Well, this started to irk me and I am done with this. I don’t want to pay more and I don’t want to be treated as part of a group that is deemed “special”.
At the end of the day, the new price for the new user interface doesn’t suit me. I guess I will have to go back to buying books when I need them, or just looking online for free resources. UGH