The FRUUG library consists of a wide range of review copies
that are donated by our publisher friends
with the understanding that we'll give them feedback on
what we like and dislike about their books in the form
of book reviews... and of course they'd like you to enjoy
perusing their books and eventually buy a copy of your own.
In fact, they'd be so happy for you to have their books that
they've created a
special discount program
for FRUUG members. We have
titles covering contemporary operating systems, network and systems
administration, Internet topics, programming languages, and conference
proceedings. We're very grateful to our publisher affiliates for
making this library system possible, including:
For information on the latest books we've received for
the FRUUG library, check out our current meeting announcement
If you are a FRUUG member, you are welcome to check out a book
at one meeting so long as you return it
by the next meeting. Your business card is your FRUUG library
card; please put the date of the meeting and the title of the book
on the back of the card so that we can track you down when it's
overdue. Be sure to give your card to a FRUUG executive committee
member before you leave, and be sure to get your card back
from one of us when you return it.
If you're looking for a book that's not in the library, perhaps
it's on our overdue book list.
This is where we list FRUUG members
that have books that are overdue by at least one meeting.
If we're mistaken about your book being overdue, please send some
e-mail to gaede at fruug.org, and we'll be sure to take you off the list.
If we're not mistaken, beware that our overdue book list is
indexed by the major search engines, so just think what your relatives
will find if they search for your name!
Our publisher friends have been reminding us that the
books they donate to FRUUG are technically review copies,
meaning that they give them to us in hopes that we provide
them with feedback that they can use internally, or if your
comments are particularly colorful, in their advertising.
We need to start giving back to the publishers that support
us in the form of book reviews.
To make it more attractive to our members to write book
reviews, we've instituted the
FRUUG Library Merit Badge
program. Once you've written a single book review, you're
an official, lifetime merit badge holder with all of the rights
and privileges thereof.
And what are those privileges? Just about every month, our
publisher friends send us extra copies of one book or another,
and we make them available for give-aways. Once you're a FRUUG
Library Merit Badge holder, you can enter these giveaways on
our Web site and pick up your book at the next meeting.
The program is pretty simple, and here's how it works:
We keep an ordered list of FRUUG Library Merit Badge
holders, and each time you receive a book giveaway,
we put you at the end of the list, so everybody gets
a chance to win a book. When we close a book giveaway before
a FRUUG meeting, we allocate the giveaway book(s)
first by your position on our list, and second by the
time you signed up for the giveaway.
The First Time You Review A Book
you trump everyone on the list and have your choice of:
Keeping the book you review. Yes, you review
it, you get to keep the book!
Choosing any book from the FRUUG Library. You may
choose to browse and keep any book from the FRUUG
library. We prefer not to give away the UNIX and Linux
System Administrator Handbooks as these are particularly
good references to keep in the library.
Pick up a $20 Gift Certificate from SoftPro Books in Boulder or
Denver. If more than one person per month selects this
option, you'll be put in the queue to get the next one
we receive (we get one per meeting).
A book review can be as short or as long as you wish, but
please give some constructive feedback to our publishers.
Was the information presented in the book clear, accurate, and
written to the right audience? What parts did you find particularly
useful, and why? If they were to expand the book or publish
another one on a similar topic, what would
you like to see in it?
To submit a book review, please send an e-mail to gaede at fruug.org
and we'll forward it on to the right people. Please include
the following items:
- Your Name
- Your E-Mail Address
- Book Title
- Publisher's Name
- ... and of course your comments