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From Donald Whytock <>
Subject Re: Policy question: How to link to books about OpenOffice?
Date Tue, 02 Oct 2012 16:01:53 GMT
Amazon can be considered a publisher.  They have a mechanism for
publishing one's own ebook.

If you're going to allow authors to make their own entries a la
consultants, they should probably be allowed to submit whatever link
they'd prefer.  That might be an Amazon or B&N link, as the author
might not otherwise have his own page.

Different but related question: ASF would not want to certify,
recommend or otherwise vet consultants because (among other things)
they're changing entities, and may unexpectedly defraud, default or
retire.  Books, on the other hand, are fairly static.  Should there be
a list of AOO-vetted books, which have been reviewed and proven to be
reasonably helpful and accurate?


On Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 11:42 AM, Rob Weir <> wrote:
> On our support website, at the bottom, we have a list of
> OpenOffice-related books:
> As you see, we have links to 3rd party pages for purchasing the books,
> usually Amazon or Lulu.
> I'm in the process of updating this page, as part of adding a list of
> consultants, and it occurred to me that we should probably think about
> how Shane's draft linking policy applies to books:
> One way to think of it is to treat the publisher or author (for
> self-published books) as the "consultant" in the terms of the policy.
> They are the ones providing the service, via their book.  So we would
> allow linking to the author's website or the publisher's website which
> describes the book.  But we would not link to Amazon, since they are a
> retailer, not the author or the publisher.
> Otherwise, same criteria as consultants -- factual list, respect
> trademark, impartial,  rel="nofollow", etc.
> Does this make sense?
> -Rob

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