Apparently the following got bounced from the list, so I'm forwarding it on.
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From: Nicolas Dufour <nicoduf@...32...>
Date: Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 1:01 PM
Subject: Re : re committee
To: Josh Andler <scislac@...23...>, Alexandre Prokoudine <
alexandre.prokoudine@...23...>, Inkscape Board <
Cc: Ted Gould <ted@...1...>, "Jon A. Cruz" <jon@...9...>, Johan
De : Josh Andler <scislac@...23...>
Johan & Nicolas, would you be interested on being on the board?
If you think I can be helpful, I'll be glad to join the board.
I really think this is one of those tough issues regarding Packt and
project showing any form of favoritism in the name of financial gain vs
something community based (not say that there's anything comparable, but
saying that tends to be the preference). If I could get a copy of it (no I
don't want to pay) to judge the quality, I could then feel comfortable with
We could try to have something community based AND get financial gains...
Here's my suggestion:
1. An Inkscape doc team writes the Inkscape introduction ebook and release
it for free (Gnu FDL or whatever fits best) on the Inkscape website.
2. Ask Packt to publish a printed version of the book for a small fee (and
try to be less expensive than printing it at home).
3. Add a link on our website that redirect to the Packt book store.
4. Optionally translate and try to sell translated printed copies as well.
I see at least too difficulties:
1. We need a motivated documentation team to write the original ebook, and
some motivated translators (you can count on me!) for the localized
versions. But hey, it's just 40 pages, and some of us already have
published books, articles, or have contributed to on-line manuals! We could
use the Floss Manuals platform to write it in collaborative mode.
2. Probably the main difficulty: would Packt accept to publish a printed
version of a free ebook? Eyrolles did it recently with the French
translation of the RMS biography by Sam Williams (FDL) last year. You can
download the ebook for free on the Framasoft website, and you can buy the
printed version in many technical book stores in France. Doing that would be
beneficial for Packt's reputation as a free and open source software
supporter, and would not necessarily reduce the number of books sold. I
believe that the promotion made by Packt in order to sell the book would
attract users to the project's page, and that the users that find the ebook
useful would also buy the printed version if it's not too expensive compared
to a home printed version.