As a long-time subscriber, I consider my Safari Books Online account to be one of the secrets to my career in programming: it gives me immediate access to O'Reilly's formidable universe of domain and practice expertise. A few years ago I decided to upgrade from a small bookshelf to the more expensive unlimited account. I haven't regretted it.
O'Reilly seems to be putting out a lot of high-quality videos addressing current topics like functional programming, math and statistics, and APIs, among dozens of others. They look great, but they're typically priced at over $100.
As the video content is part of O'Reilly's awesome universe of knowledge, I feel that Safari subscribers should have better access to it. The all-you-can-eat buffet of know-how seems less appealing when these delicious videos have to be purchased separately at full price.
Here are some ideas:
1. Make videos freely available to subscribers X months since their publication.
2. Introduce a substantial discount for subscribers.
3. Heck, I'd even consider paying somewhat more each year for immediate access-at-no-additional-fee to them.
What say you?
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Ah, now that I've gone and mouthed off, I discover that several videos I've been wanting to watch have recently been inserted into Safari.
Is there a standard wait time for videos from when they're published on O'Reilly's site until they appear on Safari? You folks might want to publicize the eventual availability of videos on Safari.
We publish our videos on Safari as soon as humanly possible, and it's usually w/in a week of their availability on oreilly.com. Safari does have to ingest and encode the files, and there are occasional issues that cause a slight delay, but it should be the exception.