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"LtU Books" In India

There are some books on computer science that I had never heard of until I had started reading "Lambda the Ultimate" (LtU). I found these books being mentioned and recommended in various posts and forum topics on LtU from time to time. As I found out more about these books, I became interested in reading them. Since they were relatively obscure, I had no hopes of finding them here in India. The prospect of having to fork out hefty sums of money for buying the books via something like Amazon.com made me apply the brakes on my normal impulse of buying an interesting book when I come across it.

Imagine my delight then, when I stumbled upon the fact that all of these books had an Indian reprint available at an extremely affordable price. Incidentally, all of these books were originally published by MIT Press and the Indian reprints are published by Prentice-Hall of India.

Here are the "LtU Books" along with the ISBNs of their Indian reprints and the corresponding price:
  1. "Types and Programming Languages" by Benjamin Pierce, ISBN: 81-203-2462-5, 350 rupees.
  2. "Concepts, Techniques, and Models of Computer Programming" by Peter Van Roy and Seif Haridi, ISBN: 81-203-2685-7, 450 rupees.
  3. "How to Design Programs" by Matthias Felleisen, Robert Bruce Findler, Matthew Flatt and Shriram Krishnamurthi, ISBN: 81-203-2461-7, 325 rupees.
  4. "Advanced Topics in Types and Programming Languages" by Benjamin Pierce, ISBN: 81-203-2792-6, 425 rupees.
  5. "The Elements of Computing Systems" by Noam Nisan and Shimon Schocken, ISBN: 81-203-2885-X, 195 rupees.
If you are not able to get these books in a local book store in your city, you can order them directly via the web site of Prentice-Hall of India. If you stay in Bangalore, you can also contact Suman M. (msuman AT phindia DOT com) to obtain these books directly from Prentice-Hall.


  1. Are these hardcover or softcover (the PH India website unfortunately doesn't mention).

    I'm asking because I've seen a cheap India-imported softcover version of Pierce's TAPL offered in Germany, and I'd like to know if it's just an illegal copy, or an official print. They didn't mention the ISBN.

  2. I believe the first edition of "Essentials of Programming Languages" by Friedman, Wand, and Haynes, was also published in an Indian edition by Prentice-Hall of India. I don't know whether the 2nd edition is available similarly.

  3. This post showed up on LtU!

    Anonymous: I can confirm that the TAPL, CTM and HTDP reprints are paperback editions. Most likely, the other two reprints are paperback editions as well. The quality of the printing is nothing great, but at least PHI gets these great books into our hands at affordable prices. Note that the reprints are supposedly for sale only in India and neighbouring countries.

    Mitch: Yes, the second edition of EoPL is also available in a much-cheaper Indian reprint by PHI. Its ISBN is 81-203-2466-8 and it costs 275 rupees.

  4. FYI, SICP is also available in India

  5. SICP and HtDP are both available online as well.

  6. Anonymous: Probably legit. If I can generalize from the one PHI book I have, they should all have a hologram sticker with a serial number on the front cover.

  7. Sridhar: Yes, the Indian edition of SICP is published by Orient Longman (ISBN: 81-737-1527-0) and costs 425 rupees.


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