Let's make a deal
Tue 14 Dec 2010, 07:26 AMTweet
by Ben Langhinrichs
Copyright © 2010 Genii Software Ltd.
What has been said:
924.1. Nathan T. Freeman (12/14/2010 01:29 PM)
100 pages of eBook for $25? Maybe it's just me, but that sounds kind of extravagant. Perhaps the target price should be more in the $10 range?
924.2. Ben Langhinrichs (12/14/2010 02:01 PM)
Perhaps I should clarify. I didn't mean that would be the price. I talked with a couple of people before making this offer, and the price I bandied about was $10, possibly $15. But just to push back a bit, people go to Lotusphere and spend well over $2000, and are lucky to get to 15 sessions, which would be well over $130 a session, so it hardly seems extravagant to spend $25 on a book clarifying those steps in writing. Similarly, some may be well over 100 pages, but I don't want to see 450 page proposals.
In any case, the price will be lower than $25, but if even the person proposing the book wouldn't spend $25 on it, it isn't likely to fly.
924.3. Brian Benz (12/14/2010 07:46 PM)
I think $25 is reasonable. It will help offset the BitTorrent version losses....:)
924.4. Ben Langhinrichs (12/14/2010 08:01 PM)
No author is likely to get rich off this, but they may get their names out there more (marketing). With that in mind, while I might take some steps to avoid theft, it will also be an understood part of the equation. Fortunately for the author, if not for me, even people who steal it will learn that the author is an expert who might be worth hiring or listening to at Lotusphere or whatever.
924.5. Brian Benz (12/14/2010 11:26 PM)
Ah the Naivete :)
Ugly truth: Tech books will not help you market your expertise to customers. the guy you really want to talk to is the one who is paying the guy you're talking to. And the guy you're talking to won't introduce you unless there's something in it for him.
Factor that into the equation too :).
924.6. Ben Langhinrichs (12/15/2010 03:18 AM)
The best way of have seen it work is when the person who bought the book (call him Ryan) wants to bring the person who wrote it (call her Tricia) in for some project. When the boss (call him Bruno) asks how they can be sure Tricia is the right person to hire, Sandy can tell Bruno that Tricia wrote the book on the subject. Since bosses always want to believe that earlier decisions were good decisions, the decision to buy the book for ten bucks may help the decision to hire Tricia for $60/hour.
I've seen that at work, but it takes some effort on Tricia's part, and some luck as well.
924.7. Andrew Davie (16/12/2010 08:49)
I guess what I really want is a cookbook of things that should be easy to do in xpages/XPiNC, but isn't.
Get the http URL for a server using XPiNC.
Wordwrap multiline edit controls.
Add the sessionId to code generated XPiNC URLs, and state which URL commands are available from XPiNC.
How to create Java functions inside the .nsf and call them from SSJS.
I hear that a textbook for xpages will be out in Jan, but I'm not sure any of the above will be covered.
924.8. Amanda Bauman (12/16/2010 03:08 PM)
Are you interested in submitting the final book proposal to IBMPress?
924.9. Ben Langhinrichs (12/16/2010 03:17 PM)
@Amanda - Thanks for stopping by. I think I may just handle it myself, but I'll keep the offer in mind.
924.10. Ellice Diane Uffer (12/16/2010 04:00 PM)
If you are interested in writing an IBM Press book - please contact me. We are looking to expand our portfolio in this area.
924.11. mike woolsey (02/05/2011 03:26 PM)
Here's another vote for "what can I get out of xpage: ?
Also, some documentation would be helpful of the new XML /JSON returns that're supporting XPages. Sometimes I just want to filter data coming back from a core control "a certain way", but it's kind of arcane to do that right now. Might be a useful feature for Domino Designer?