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From Dion Gillard <>
Subject Re: Online Bookstore
Date Mon, 16 May 2005 00:03:24 GMT
Great idea, but shouldn't this be run by the public relations committee?

On 5/16/05, Ted Husted <> wrote:
> I think it's safe to say that users of ASF software buy their share of
> computer books. The online retailers, like, offer
> commission programs for people who link to their site.
> The Apache Software Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation funded
> solely through donations from the community. To help offset the costs
> of ASF infrastructure, we could make it possible for ASF supporters to
> buy books about ASF project software through commission-program links.
> The commissions for such links is usually 5% or more. Given the vast
> number of books ASF supporters purchase, the commissions from these
> sales could become a respectable source of revenue.
> Setting up an online bookstore to benefit the ASF has been a
> longstanding itch of mine, which I've finally gotten a chance to
> scratch. A prototype bookstore is now available as a Confluence wiki.
> You can check it out at:
> *
> If anyone is interested in helping out with maintaining the site,
> please let me know. I'd especially welcome ASF project committers
> who'd like to help oversee the section about their project.
> If there was interest, we could also add pages for books recommended
> by ASF committers.  Here, we could list other related books and
> off-topic items, like DVDs and CDs that we enjoy. There's an
> unfinished prototype of a committer page here:
> *
> If anyone would like to make any existing links commission-program
> links, there are instructions for how to do that on the bookstore
> Feedback page.
> *
> There is also a general FAQ on the Feedback page.
> Of course, this is a 100% volunteer effort and 100% of all commissions
> are donated directly to the Apache Software Foundation.
> Comments and suggestions are welcome.
> I'm sending this message to dev@ for each Project with a category in
> the online bookstore. After getting feedback from the dev lists, a
> broader announcement would be made.
> -Ted.
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