Deciding on Different Versions of the Book

Wondering about which version to get of the First Edition (2012) of the book A Hands-On Introduction to Using Python in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, by Johnny Wei-Bing Lin? Here are some thoughts to help you decide.

Who would not want to pay money for this book?

If this is you, the book's web site has available, for free, PDFs of every chapter as separate files.

Who would want to pay money for this book?

If this is you, you can buy a black-and-white paper copy of the book here and a hyperlink-enabled color PDF copy of the book here.

A special appeal to instructors

Instruction at for-profit institutions, as a commercial use, is not covered under the terms of the license of the book (the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License, a.k.a. CC BY-NC-SA; see below) and so instructors at those institutions should not make copies of the book for students beyond copying permitted under Fair Use. Instruction at not-for-profit institutions is not a commercial use, so instructors may legally make copies of this book for the students in their classes, under the terms of the CC BY-NC-SA, so long as no profit is made through the copy and sale (or Fair Use is not exceeded). However, most instruction at not-for-profit institutions still involves payment of tuition: lots of people are getting paid for their contributions. Please consider also paying the author of this book something for his contribution.

Regardless of whether or not you paid money for your copy of the book, you are free to use any and all parts of the book under the terms of the CC BY-NC-SA. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.

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