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April 25, 2005


Joe Wikert

Good points, Naba. Whether it's self-published or not, I think the e-content solution is viable...we just haven't hit upon the right formula yet. For example, what if e-content consists exclusively of short pieces, 5-10 pages max. and each component focuses on one small topic at a time? Further, assume that the content is fully indexed by Google, so that when you search for "pivot table" the results include a link to the e-content piece covering this Excel feature. However, rather than showing the content in its entirety, either a summary is displayed or a scrambled version, with every few words x'd out, is displayed; in order to see the full contents, you click on one button, are charged $.xx and it's yours to use. Rather than wondering if the material has been technically edited and reviewed, you take comfort knowing that your micro-purchase has been throughly edited by a professional staff. I don't know about you, but I'd be tempted to buy small pieces like this for some of my searches. I'd be buying just the information I need, not spending $30 or $40 on a big book, 80% of which I might never use...

JP Morgenthal


There's self-publishing and then there "SELF PUBLISHING." I'm using Lulu.com, which is a publisher, but allows the rights to stay with me and still get the book out through the popular channels via Ingram and Bowker. Is this self-publishing? Or, is this just sticking up your middle finger to the tech publishers that haven't a clue what's really important to the tech community. The amount of titles they've cut in the name of profits over the past three years is insane. There are very few books for IT practitioners now being printed, but a ton on C#. Go into the book section of Barnes & Noble and check out what's on the shelf these days. It's all for the masses and very little for the real IT practitioner. Besides, how many people actually look at the publisher anyway when buying a book on Amazon?

Naba Barkakati


I have to admit that I don't look at the publisher when I browse at bookstores or buy a book from Amazon, which means that if the book appears to have what I need, I won't worry whether it's self-published or not. In that sense, self-published titles are on an even footing. By the way, I noticed that David St Lawrence is documenting his experience with self-publishing at his blog (http://ripples.typepad.com/ripples/selfpublishing/index.html). He is already giving away his book in a PDF file, but he'll also print and sell copies. Thought I'd mention, in case you want to check out David's approach. I'm going to search your blog to see if you wrote about your Lulu.com experince :-)

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