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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