All this furor about books, and I feel like I need to do something more active than ask questions. So, here's the deal. Come up with a specific proposal for a book, and post it on IdeaJam with a subject such as Book Proposal: title. Explain the concept in the body, and ask people to vote it up or down. It must be a book you would buy for a fair price (say $25), or one you think you could legitimately convince your customer to buy. It must be distinct enough to be doable in about a hundred pages or so. In other words, no Lotus Notes Programming Bible or Everything on Earth There is to Know About Quickr. A good place to look might be at the kinds of topics chosen for Lotusphere, as they are discrete units. A how-to on setting up and configuring a server, or a security topic on How to Properly Secure Connections, or a developer topic such as Building an XPage from Step 1 to Step Done. That sort of thing.
Then, post back here with a link. If possible, post the idea on your blog. See what the community reaction is.
If any ideas are even moderately popular, I'll see what I can do about turning out a book on the topic. I may not write it myself, as there are plenty of subject experts smarter than I am and better versed on the particular topics, but I'll strongarm some subject matter expert and edit it or get somebody to edit it, and get it out as an eBook. You'll get an acknowledgement in the book, if we turn one out.
As a sweetener, if you suggest a reasonable idea (and I will be judge), I'll give you 10% off the cost of a server license for any product we sell. $750 off a CoexLinks license. $800 off an iFidelity Gateway license. $250 off a Midas server license. $500 off a CoexEdit license. Just for making a solid proposal, even if we never turn it into a book.
I'm tired of talk. Let's see some action.
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