1/21/2016 update: The eReference Library is no longer available on Safari, however, Microsoft Press books are still available on the site. They are discoverable by title via the search option or by selecting “Microsoft Press” in the publisher field.
We rarely feature our Microsoft Press eReference Library on the blog so I thought I might take a moment to explain to you this great resource.
Get immediate, online access to a wealth of Microsoft Press books with a subscription to our eReference Library hosted by Safari Books Online, for as little as $22.99 for one month for the all-you-can-eat model (no long term contract).
The content is served up on an easy-to-use interface and comes with some cool features (such as notes, highlighting, bookmarking), and time-saving tools that make it easy for you to organize information and personalize your experience so that you can reach your training goals.
· Search and access more than 600 reference books from Microsoft Press, and read the full content online.
· Quickly find specific information within the entire library or within a single book.
· Cut and paste code.
· Read books on your computer or from any mobile device.
· Download up to five chapters per month with tokens.
Browse the books available or start your no risk subscription now (starting at $11.99 per month for a 10-slot bookshelf or $22.99 for the all-you-can-eat model).
Can we download the books in epub format to use with an offline device (e.g. a Sony Reader) or do we need an internet connection while we're reading?
Hi, John - you'll get 5 tokens each month to download chapter-level content, but you'll mainly need an internet connection to read. It's definitely an online library.
What about training books with companion CDs? Is the CD material (e.g. practice exams) available online with the subscription?
Ref Companion CD - not all CD material is available, I had a subscription on MS Ref on books24x7.com - for example if the CD has an app with exam questions and answers, you do not have that app with Q and A.
Does this subscription give access to ALL MS Press books, or mainly older ones?
Hi. Yes, it gives access to almost all of our titles, especially the new ones. I say "almost" because there are some books that were taken out of print and would not show up in that library. However, you'll find 698 titles in there today and 30 of them are from 2012, 74 titles from 2011, 59 titles from 2010, and so on. It's a great library. I use it all the time even though I have access to most of our print books. I find it really convenient. -Kim Spilker, product manager for Microsoft Press
Sorry I meant to also ask: Being a MS Partner, am I entitled to any cost reductions through say, MAPS or Technet subscriptions or what not for this offer? Not that $22/mo is a huge expense but as soon as somebody offers something and I am a partner with them, I tend to ask if there are partner discounts. No biggie either way.
Hi - if you order our software through volume licensing, you can also get the ereference library subscription through the same channel. It would be a bit cheaper than $22/mo. The price would depend on your VL level so I can't quote anything. However, if you call your sales account manager, he/she should be able to look up the price for you. -Kim