I interpreted her comment to mean that publishers have flooded bookshelves with too many security books over the last 7 years. Publishers were chasing readership figures that were inflated by false expectations caused by Hacking Exposed.
Over the last 6 or 7 years I've read and reviewed almost exactly 200 technical titles, the majority of which are security books. That's a huge number, with at least half of those books being titles I thought would be good to read. You can begin to imagine the number of titles I've missed when I tell you that I concentrate on reading books from Pearson (Addison-Wesley, PHPTR, etc.), Osborne/McGraw-Hill, Wiley, O'Reilly and friends (Syngress, No Starch, etc.), and recently Apress. I basically never touch Auerbach and several other publishing houses.
If you look at my Amazon.com Wish List you'll see a large selection of mainly security titles that I would like to read, or at least look at before making a decision. Recently there seems to have been a lull in books arriving at my doorstep, which is great considering the depth of my reading list. I'm making progress again, and you can expect another review -- my 200th technical book -- shortly.
What is your opinion of the security book market? Here's a few questions.
- What subjects would you like to see discussed? Hot topics at the moment seem to be forensics, reverse engineering, and rootkits.
- How many security books do you purchase per year?
- About how much do you consider paying for a book? What price is too expensive?
- Do you have a favorite publisher? Why?
- What is the biggest problem with security books today?
If you're wondering, these are my questions. The publishing person referenced earlier has nothing to do with these questions. I'm just curious.
Finally, if you find my reviews helpful, please vote them as being helpful when you read them. I get no financial compensation from Amazon.com one way or the other, but I do keep notes while reading and I try to deliver something useful when done. Seeing my helpful vote count jump from the current 3376 for 207 reviews (8 are nontechnical) might motivate me to update my Listmania Lists. :) Thank you!