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Deep Learning: An MIT Press Book in Preparation (goodfeli.github.io)
245 points by ingve on Dec 20, 2015 | hide | past | web | favorite | 22 comments

Why publish via MIT press if the authors want to be able to distribute it freely, why not self publish?

Surely this one is obvious? They want the distribution channels that come with traditional academic press.

Add to reading list in iOS works well for this sort of thing as it caches offline. I tried converting this sort of thing to PDF so I could read it on my kindle, but I found that my 6 inch kindle was terrible for this sort of thing. Also, the amazon conversion process couldn't handle images very well.

There really is, I think, a market for a large form factor e-reader for reading stuff offline. Nice and distraction free, long battery life, etc.

>[...]a large form factor e-reader for reading stuff offline[...]

Anandtech reviewed this a few days ago : http://www.anandtech.com/show/9860/sony-digital-paper-system...

I have had the Onyx Boox M96 for half a year now and has been in general very happy with it. The UI takes a little getting used to but it is very stable and has never crashed on me, with the caveat that I don't use the browser (OS is an older version of Android). Just take care to not lose the stylus.

Wouldn't an ePub be the obvious choice? It's basically HTML and it's the native format of kindle

Sony has a 13" e-book reader. Onyx will be launching one soon, I think.

Are you talking about the $800 13" Sony one? or is there another one out that I haven't heard about?

Try the Kobo offerings.

Would be nice if MIT Press did something like Manning's "early access" progress and started selling the book even though it is not yet finished. I would be happy to pay €€€ to get access to the evolving PDF version.

I remember there was another machine learning textbook being drafted on the web. I can't remember the name, author or url though. Anyone know what I'm talking about? Any other resources would be appreciated, too.

Are you talking about this one http://neuralnetworksanddeeplearning.com/

Amusingly, you're probably thinking of this book. It's been linked to many times here, probably at this URL: http://www.iro.umontreal.ca/~bengioy/dlbook/version-07-08-20...

Isn't that the same book as the one posted by OP, but an older version?

Also, latest version seems to have some ugly boxes around text. Latest version that seems ok here is this one: http://goodfeli.github.io/dlbook/version-2015-11-24/index.ht...

Yes, that's what I said. The parent was confused because previously he saw this book posted at the link I provided, and hadn't made the connection that the OP's link is the same.

Edit: when I said "this book" I was referring to the book linked to by the URL from the OP.

That URL rings a bell. I think you're right.

There's Model Based Machine Learning: http://www.mbmlbook.com

It's a great read, but it doesn't load correctly on the iPad. A few pages into a chapter and the remainder refuses to load...

Excellent! Thank you!

Guys, do you consider making an edX/MITx course on Deep Learning based on this book as well?

I've read parts of this, and it's excellent. Bengio is one of the best teachers of deep learning out there.

It seems a gentle enough introduction and yet not over-simplifying.

Very surprising that the PDF is not downloadable and the HTML is very hard on the eyes :(

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