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  PMI Books24x7 (eReads and Reference) is Dead

PMI Books24x7 Permanently Shutdown For the past few days, PMI's Books24x7 site has been down. The website says "We're Sorry - PMI.org will be back soon." This website used to provide more than 250 project management books, many of which are extremely useful for PMP, CAPM, and PMI-ACP exam prep. The access to this website was free for PMI members and was one of the top benefits of PMI membership. I have several blog posts that link to this site. I waited for a few days and finally sent a message to PMI on Twitter enquiring about the status.

Here's the exchange with @PMInstitute on Twitter:
As you can see from their response, PMI has culled Books24x7 access for PMI members. This is a big setback for PM certification aspirants because the site was a great knowledge resource not just for PM certification, but also for project management in general. It had a good collection of books from Vijay K. Verma on Human Aspects of Project Management, it had books with free sample questions for PM certification exams, and it had several other useful books on project management. The content for many of my blog posts was developed through research done with these books.

PMI cited "low usage" as the reason for shutting down Books24x7. Let's do a quick survey and find out how true that is. PMI has mentioned ProjectManagement.com as an alternative. I've read a few useful articles on that site, but I'm yet to explore it thoroughly. I'll spend some time to review the resources available on that site and post my findings in near future. Stay tuned.

I'm currently not a PMI member. But I'm curious to know whether PMI sent an announcement to the active members on this move. My membership expired last year and I was planning to renew it again in a few months. Personally, I'm disappointed at the loss of this resource. Are you disappointed as well or does it not matter to you? Please comment below and express your views. I'm interested to hear what you think.

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16 comments:

  1. It was quite shamefull the way how PMI ended with Books24x7. I use ProjectManagement.com regularly, but it is not the same thing.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I agree, ProjectManagement.com is not a reference library like Books24x7. I'm still searching for a viable replacement.

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  2. There was no notification that Books24x7 was going to be discontinued. Very disappointed.

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    1. Thanks for your comments. Have you been an active PMI member for the past 6 months? I'm asking because I'm guessing that the notification may have been sent only to active members.

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    2. yes i got a notification of the discontinuation of books24X7 as my membership was active then. I am in need for certification sample questions for pmp similar to books24x7. yet to figure out more.

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  3. Not for 6 months - I became a member December 2015 and was using Books24x7.

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    1. My bad - it was discontinued at the end of last month and not too long ago. So they didn't inform the members either. Not good on their part. Thanks for sharing this info.

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  4. I did not receive any message about discontinuation of eReads & References. I found this resource very useful. I had used it during the preparation of PMP. There were many books which I used as a reference frequently. It is quite sad to know that PMI has discontinued it, without providing any better replacement.

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    1. Thanks for your comments. It's surely going to be a loss to PMP aspirants in future and they won't know what they are missing.

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  5. This stinks. I didn't have a chance to access the Scordo PMP Exam Prep online book. Would anyone still have it to share?

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    1. I think that book was fine as long as it was "free" under Books24x7. I would not pay $50 to purchase it.

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  6. Thanks for the information that this service was discontinued. When I tried to access it, I received the message that this was "an unexpected system issue and are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible." This appears that it is temporary. Even prior to cutoff, I found it hard to locate the service without actually searching for eReads. It was a very good benefit of membership.

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    1. That message has been appearing for more than a month. It's not temporary as is evident from PMI's response to me on Twitter. Unfortunate, but we have to move on. Thanks for your comment.

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  7. I was pinning my hopes on using books24x7 for gathering more knowledge on the subject. I got my PMP last dec and I renewed it and this resource was one of the major reasons I renewed it! What a shame?

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    1. I can understand your feeling. It is disappointing. PMI Membership is not as attractive without this benefit.

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  8. I also like books24x7. It was good resource with many books.
    I am disappointed on discontinuing without notification. very bad.

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