I just waded through a survey gathering info about an upcoming change to Safari Books Online. I’ve been a long-time subscriber to Safari and it’s helped me through any number of tough spots — for a very small price you get access to a huge library of books, all of which you can search through. The only hitch is that you subscribe for slots on a bookshelf, and you have to put a book on your bookshelf to read anything past the preface and TOC. It’s flexible, it’s inexpensive, it’s wicked big with gobs of material.
Now it looks like they’re going to bust apart that huge library into four separate sections for biz productivity, developers, information technology, and graphics/web. You’ll have to pay $50 per month to have acecss to all four libraries.
That sucks. I likely won’t keep up my subscription if they move to that model. The attraction of Safari to me is the wide range of material I have access to — stuff I’d never buy because I don’t use it.
I hope plenty of their customers pitch a fit as I did.