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Anselm Paulinus
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Is there any intention of open sourcing the head first series, starting with Head First sql?
 
Sashank Mitra
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Java is open-source
Ranch is a open-community
When Head first is the cool book cool guys prefer why not turn the HF series open.
 
Ulf Dittmer
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What do you mean by open-sourcing a book - giving up the copyright? How do you expect authors to survive if everybody can disseminate their work for free?
 
Anselm Paulinus
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Originally posted by Ulf Dittmer:
What do you mean by open-sourcing a book - giving up the copyright? How do you expect authors to survive if everybody can disseminate their work for free?


Sun survived; the creator of all the spen source frameworks you have been using survived, what makes you feel an author wont survive because she open sourced her book - means you do not know the secrets of open source yet.
 
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Originally posted by Anselm Paulinus:
Sun survived; the creator of all the spen source frameworks you have been using survived, what makes you feel an author wont survive because she open sourced her book - means you do not know the secrets of open source yet.


Are you serious? Do you have any idea whatsoever how much work goes into writing a book? Do you really feel that authors should spend all the time required, and it is many many more hours than you could possibly imagine, for nothing?

Tell you what.... you write a book to give away freely. Then we'll talk.
[ October 18, 2007: Message edited by: Bear Bibeault ]
 
Ulf Dittmer
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Originally posted by Anselm Paulinus:
Sun survived

By selling servers, not by giving away Java for free.
the creator of all the open source frameworks you have been using survived

Not by devoting all their time on something they give away for free, but by having other streams of income.
what makes you feel an author wont survive because she open sourced her book

An author survives by making money on books they write, which is a time-consuming process.
means you do not know the secrets of open source yet

It think this statement is more valid when I say it.
 
Paul Campbell
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Originally posted by Anselm Paulinus:


Sun survived; the creator of all the spen source frameworks you have been using survived, what makes you feel an author wont survive because she open sourced her book - means you do not know the secrets of open source yet.


I suggest that you choose to work for free in your career... in effect to "open source" yourself.

Let us know how that works out for you.
 
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A lot of the open source authors/vendors make money by selling support. Effectively a book is support.
 
Michael Ku
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Tell you what.... you write a book to give away freely. Then we'll talk.


I applaud all the comments pointing out what a stupid suggestion the original post is, but in particular I like Bear's challenge to "walk the talk".

There is always one group of people that want everything handed to them.
 
Michael Ku
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Anselm, I notice that you posted 3 questions in this forum of little value one after another within 3 minutes of each other.

Are you really trying to contribute to this forum or trying to increase your chances of winning a book?
 
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Why don't you write a book and give it away for free (if you are an expert in any of those topics otherwise even if you give it for free no one will take it)??
 
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