Cisco Press does sell PDF versions of the Cisco Press textbooks from their website at ciscopress.com but they are all protected with Adobe DRM.
Cisco Press is published by Pearson Corporation who is one of the big five publishers who believe that all their customers are potential criminals and should not be allowed to use their product without preventing access to it. And we are rewarded with books in PDF format that are “protected” by Adobe DRM.
Adobe DRM is crap
It’s not that DRM is crap, its that the software which unlocks the DRM is crap. Anyone who has used the IP Expert study materials or any version of the Adobe Reader with the DRM enabled, can tell you how absolutely crap the software is.
- On Windows the software crashes regularly.
- On MAC OSX it runs slow and crashes even more often.
- It requires online access for various parts of the licensing
- It uses a lot of memory and causes your computer to run slowly
- You can’t read many files it on MAC OSX or Linux
- You can’t use the files on iPad, iPhone, Android or any other device. Period
So, the DRM solution is crap, and comes from Adobe who is a company with a reputation for poor quality software such as Flash and Acrobat Reader – need I say more. So my recommendation is NEVER buy anything that has Adobe DRM on it because you will be unhappy from day one. Therefore, don’t buy Cisco Press textbooks from the Cisco Press website.
The Good News – There is a Better Way.
If you are a Safari user for O’Reilly you can buy any Cisco Press text book in PDF format that is DRM free. Note: although it is DRM free, it is clearly watermarked on every page like this:
And the occasional page is marked with a gray watermark in the back.
This means that I can use Preview on my MAC, and Good Reader or iBooks on my iPad to read the textbooks.
Note that this PDF version can be used on ANY computer, and any device that you might use in the future (the iPad might not be here forever) since the PDF format is just about universal format for reading fixed format.
Here how you buy one from within Safari Online:
Not available from O’Reilly
You should note that this is not available from OReilly website. You must be a Safari subscriber to get access to this.