LS2011We've always complained about there being so few books about our beloved software. At Lotusphere #LS11 we were treated to 2 brand new and interesting books (which sold out very fast):

Image:Lotus Related Books: on sale Overview of IBM Lotus Sametime 8 Essentials: A User's Guide, by Packt Publishing
Written by Marie L. Scott and Thomas Duff
  • Collaborate securely with your colleagues and teammates both inside and outside your organization by using Sametime features such as instant messaging and online meetings
  • Make your instant messaging communication more interesting with the inclusion of graphics, images, and emoticons to convey more information in fewer words
  • Communicate with other instant messaging services and users, such as AOL Instant Messaging, Yahoo Instant Messaging, and Google Talk and know how someone's online status can help you communicate faster and more efficiently
  • Discover how the Sametime Meeting Center can maximize the productivity of teams in your organization with the use of online meetings, training session playback, seamless voice/video integration, and screen sharing
  • See how Sametime works in common, every-day, real-world situations with tips, resources, and detailed screenshots
Packt Publishing is doing a great job, providing us with very good books. Besides this one about Sametime, they also cover topics such as IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 User Guide and IBM Lotus Quickr 8.5 for Domino Administration. Mary, Gab Davis and Tom are working on an Admin guide for Sametime too.

Packt has a special offer on all IBM print books, throughout February:
Buy any IBM print book and receive a 20% discount
Image:Lotus Related Books: on sale Mastering XPages: A Step-by-Step Guide to XPages Application Development and the XSP Language, by IBM Press
Written by Martin Donnelly, Mark Wallace and Tony McGuckin
(Tony and Martin will be at our BLUG event, end of March)

The first complete, practical guide to XPages development - direct from members of the XPages development team at IBM Lotus
Martin Donnelly, Mark Wallace, and Tony McGuckin have written the definitive programmer's guide to utilizing this breakthrough technology. Packed with tips, tricks, and best practices from IBM's own XPages developers, Mastering XPages brings together all the information developers need to become experts - whether you’re experienced with Notes/Domino development or not. The authors start from the very beginning, helping developers steadily build your expertise through practical code examples and clear, complete explanations. Readers will work through scores of real-world XPages examples, learning cutting-edge XPages and XSP language skills and gaining deep insight into the entire development process. Drawing on their own experience working directly with XPages users and customers, the authors illuminate both the technology and how it can be applied to solving real business problems.
You can find this book e.g. on Amazon. Pretty hefty, not cheap, but a bargain nevertheless !
I bought mine at Lotusphere and got it signed by Martin.
(PS. There is another XPages book on Amazon, but that's a book to avoid!)

Thank you Packt and IBM. Thank you Marie, Duffbert, Martin, Mark and Tony.

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