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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I wonder if that new book will make it to the major bookstores that I am aware of (Barnes & Noble/Borders/Books-A-Million). Right now the only ORA Perl books that you will likely find are the best sellers with a sprinkle of new ones (Camel, Llama, Ram, Mouse, Perl 6 essentials, Alpaca, and Bioinformatics). Occasionally, I will see a new release, like Perl for Web Site Management, which will disappear in a few months and never return to the shelf. Ever. I think most Perl books are now bottom-shelved, in favor of better-selling books.
    • I asked Betsy, the Perl product manager, about this. Here's what she said:

      This is a common complaint about all computer titles, regardless of technology. The brick and mortar stores are only carrying sometimes one copy of most titles. When that one gets sold, it's up the the inventory management people to re-order it. Even the popular titles only get a few copies per store. It's definitely a problem. Unless customers ask for titles, the stores don't stock them. It's strictly a numbers game now. If the b