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From "Brian W. Fitzpatrick" <f...@red-bean.com>
Subject Re: Online Bookstore
Date Mon, 16 May 2005 03:27:49 GMT

On May 15, 2005, at 7:03 PM, Dion Gillard wrote:

> Great idea, but shouldn't this be run by the public relations  
> committee?

Who says it hasn't been?

-Fitz

> On 5/16/05, Ted Husted <ted.husted@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> I think it's safe to say that users of ASF software buy their  
>> share of
>> computer books. The online retailers, like Amazon.com, offer
>> commission programs for people who link to their site.
>>
>> The Apache Software Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation funded
>> solely through donations from the community. To help offset the costs
>> of ASF infrastructure, we could make it possible for ASF  
>> supporters to
>> buy books about ASF project software through commission-program  
>> links.
>>
>> The commissions for such links is usually 5% or more. Given the vast
>> number of books ASF supporters purchase, the commissions from these
>> sales could become a respectable source of revenue.
>>
>> Setting up an online bookstore to benefit the ASF has been a
>> longstanding itch of mine, which I've finally gotten a chance to
>> scratch. A prototype bookstore is now available as a Confluence wiki.
>> You can check it out at:
>>
>> * http://opensource.atlassian.com/confluence/oss/display/BOOKS/Home
>>
>> If anyone is interested in helping out with maintaining the site,
>> please let me know. I'd especially welcome ASF project committers
>> who'd like to help oversee the section about their project.
>>
>> If there was interest, we could also add pages for books recommended
>> by ASF committers.  Here, we could list other related books and
>> off-topic items, like DVDs and CDs that we enjoy. There's an
>> unfinished prototype of a committer page here:
>>
>> *  http://opensource.atlassian.com/confluence/oss/display/BOOKS/ 
>> husted
>>
>> If anyone would like to make any existing links commission-program
>> links, there are instructions for how to do that on the bookstore
>> Feedback page.
>>
>> * http://opensource.atlassian.com/confluence/oss/display/BOOKS/ 
>> Feedback
>>
>> There is also a general FAQ on the Feedback page.
>>
>> Of course, this is a 100% volunteer effort and 100% of all  
>> commissions
>> are donated directly to the Apache Software Foundation.
>>
>> Comments and suggestions are welcome.
>>
>> I'm sending this message to dev@ for each Project with a category in
>> the online bookstore. After getting feedback from the dev lists, a
>> broader announcement would be made.
>>
>> -Ted.
>>
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