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Re: FOSDEM 2006

From: Sašo Kiselkov
Subject: Re: FOSDEM 2006
Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2006 08:58:19 +0100
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Quoting Jesse Ross <address@hidden>:

> > The production of the brochure costs money which someone needs to pay
> >  for, so you either find a sponsor for that (I guess this is hard,
> > because producing nice-looking brochures is quite expensive) or you
> > need to sell the brochure to cover the costs (which is also hard and
> > involves up-front costs).
> >
> > You don't have this problem with a book (even if its a small one)
> > produced by a publisher. Of course it spreads less because people
> > have to pay for it, but it doesn't cost you a dime except the work
> > put in :-)
> Unless we can find a way to do it "on-demand", such as via CafePress. We
> could
> then pick up a small quantity (purchase them ourselves) to sell at FOSDEM
> next
> year. If each person bought one book, and each person sold that book, we
> would
> just recoup our costs. The books wouldn't cost more than probably $20 per
> person (depending on size and binding options), and if we sold out, we could
> always direct people to our CafePress page. Brochures might be a bit
> different,
> but we might be able to find a similar vendor, or see if one of the CafePress
> book options works for us.
> It's maybe not the most beautiful option, and we do still each have to spend
> a
> bit of money, but it lets us produce something without having to secure a
> publisher first.
> J.

I probably used the wrong word, I ment somelike a small booklet - 20-30 pages,
not more. I think we could produce and sell like 50 of those at FOSDEM without
them costing too much. I've seen people gather up sums far greater than this
just by mere force of will, so I think it's not at all impossible.


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