There is a niche for “small”ish books of about 100 pages that can be useful for
- “what is there to know about X”
- “what’s new in X since Y event/version/year”
deep dive into a niche topic
- “asyncio in python and how it is used in web applications”
- “asyncio in python and how it can be used in non-web settings”
These small books should also be formatted for easy consumption over phone/tablet screen.
Why would this be a book vs a blog post?
There are many blog posts that have lives longer than published books, papers and manuscripts. I think thinking of a book forces a certain structure on the author and the content. Secondly, even a self-published book (a downloadable PDF) obtains the sheen a “product” vs writing, which some might desire.
Some exampled I can think of in this genre:
little book of deep learning
[pdf] by François Fleuret - professor
of computer science at the University of Geneva, Switzerland; Apr 2023.
This is actually 156 pages including a full index, bibliography etc…
formatted for reading on a phone screen.
git clone https://fleuret.org/git/littlebook
- Hundred-Page Machine Learning book by Andriy Burkov on LeanPub.