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Thu 30 Dec 2010, 12:22 AM
The Virtual Library in the Lotusphere 2011 Sessions database now has thirty-three books, which is more than I thought I would find. A few are on Websphere or Dojo, but most are on Lotus Notes, Lotus Sametime, etc.

But the thirty-third book surprised me. Just Enough Governance for Notes by Craig Schumann of Teamstudio. How could I not have heard of this? How is this not a very popular book in Lotus Notes circles? It is pricey, which may be part of the problem, but I would think a number of companies would snap it up, especially with a ringing endorsement from Thomas Duff, reviewer extraordinaire, whose imprimatur should count for a lot.

Sadly, the book is ranked #2,110,607 on Amazon, which means it sells less than pickle-and-onion ice cream.  But we can do something about that.  Take a look at the description, read Duffbert's glowing and comprehensive review, and see if there isn't a company out there which would love to snap this up.  If five people bought the book between now and Lotusphere, that would probably bring the rank down below one million (SWAG).  More importantly, this is a topic which means something in the corporate world. Sure, XPages development is sexy and sells, but IT governance is critical too.

Maybe we could even convince Craig Schumann to drop the price a bit, if he has any say in the matter, or ask him to convince the publisher.  Either way, this book belongs on your bookshelf. Now, go convince your boss.

Update: I'm sorry, but I think this is funny. The sales rank on Amazon is now #139,312.  I don't know how they calculate, or how many have just suddenly bought the book on my recommendation (not likely), but dropping from #2,110,607 to #139,312 overnight?

Update2: Now, by the end of the same day, the ranking is #298,017.  I guess wild gyrations are the norm when you don't sell many copies.

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