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For all the members, to introduce the worst and the best books, mags that have helped them, surviving the intimate groveling in code to solve very sophisticated problems, to what newbies to an area found to be the most illustrative and helpful in overcoming the darkness of the transistor lead evolution.
good idea or bad idea ?
i agree with you that it would certainly overlap, i also think it would overlap with all the forums, BUT, would create a central resovior of details, WMW member editorals, and post comment analysis from other members on paper publications. From my point of view, i roughly spend about $100+ (average) a month on comp books (languages, linux, ms, protocols), and i am sure the amount of books and mags would step in to millions in cost, with all the members put together. Hence having a webmasterworld library with editorials / comments on books, would help everyone.
In relation to the SEO research topics, that is more academically atuned to the cutting edge of SEO, rather than an experiencial dictum of guiding lights (books) which has lead to the success of joe bloggs, wether reknowned pro, or a virgin with a first site and no budget.
I've actually given this some thought a number of times. Last year, before the holidays, there were some text ads running at the top of the forum pages. I remember thinking then that it would be nice to have some for books, since probably most people here do need and buy books, and it would kind of serve as an announcement service, since not everyone keeps up with new releases.
I don't know if there would be enough consistent need to warrant a dedicated forum, but the idea of member reviews is certainly a good one. The way Amazon has reviews of books on their sales pages - something like that would be workable and helpful. I think it would seem a little dead end without a way to buy though, just because everyone is so accustomed to ecommerce sites. If the selection of books were limited to a pre-determined selection, it would eliminate the promotional aspect, and the moderating difficulty that mivox mentioned would be avoided.
The member review is such a good idea, but I really don't know how the idea could be incorporated, especially for new recommendations.