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I just started managing a small team of developers for my company and I would like to give them access to a library of books that would help them improve their skills.

Before I buy a bookshelf worth of books I was wondering if anyone was aware of any services that would fill this need. Something that anyone with an account could log into and get access to the latest books on programming and software development.

Ideally, something like a shared kindle account, but would be happy to hear about other experiences or ideas that would also help fit my need. Or even if you think I am dreaming and should just shell out some money for the books.

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The answer is the same, but the question is different. I did not know to search for safari books online before i posted this. – Ben Mar 12 '12 at 16:08

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Have you tried Safari Books Online? It has several thousand books and videos from about 20 publishers including O'Reilly, IBM Press, Microsoft Press, No Starch and more. (Though not the Pragmatic Programmers) There is also a mobile interface.

I find that it is worth the price and then some.

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As an aside, if you find Safari Books Online's content selection limiting in anyway, you can always submit a title request. – Craige Mar 12 '12 at 17:43
Thanks @Craige I had not noticed that. I would like to see books by the Prags in there, but otherwise I love it. – Zachary K Mar 12 '12 at 18:49

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