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Ted Husted-5
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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Re: Online Bookstore

Dion Gillard-2
Great idea, but shouldn't this be run by the public relations committee?

On 5/16/05, Ted Husted <[hidden email]> 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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Re: Online Bookstore

Ted Husted-5
On 5/15/05, Dion Gillard <[hidden email]> wrote:
> Great idea, but shouldn't this be run by the public relations committee?

Oops, the last paragraph should read

"I'm sending this message to fundraising@ and the dev@ for each
Project with a category in the online bookstore. After getting
feedback from the lists, a broader announcement would be made."

Sorry for the churn.

-Ted.

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Re: Online Bookstore

Brian W. Fitzpatrick-2
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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 <[hidden email]> 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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Re: Online Bookstore

Dion Gillard-2
On 5/16/05, Brian W. Fitzpatrick <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> 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

I certainly couldn't tell it had. No mention anywhere in the text
about it, etc... glad to know that it has.
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Re: Online Bookstore

Henri Yandell-2
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On Mon, 16 May 2005, Dion Gillard wrote:

> Great idea, but shouldn't this be run by the public relations committee?
>
> On 5/16/05, Ted Husted <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>
>> 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.

I'll help out. I already have the heavily overlapping:
http://www.pergamum.org, which has been pushed down on the priority list
along with most other things post-birth of son.

My general thoughts are that the site should look more ASF-y (I know,
prototype) and that it should stick to ASF topics instead of allowing
off-topic items.

Hen

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