inflex writes "I have a software suite that has been running for well over a decade and sold to companies such as Nashua, VirginBlue and NationalFoods. Many components are now OpenSource. I want to focus on my wife's career (Independent novelist) and am considering selling the source/rights to my commercial software and letting someone else take the reins. I'm looking for advice on how best to approach the situation — should I go through the 250k LoC and clean it up a bit, or just hand it over as it's currently running. Would it be advisable to bring in an escrow/3rd-party? I have no heavy emotional attachment to it, tens of thousands of people use the OpenSource components,of which will naturally remain that way but obviously the commercial version will diverge over time." Link to Original Source top
inflex writes "Marketing is tough in the eBook world, more so for independent authors. One author has gone right to the fringe and has started using her own blood to sign the books for fans." Link to Original Source top
Which eBook path is best for self-published books?
inflex (123318) writes "After successfully self publishing my wife's fantasy novel in dead-tree format using LyX, GIMP and Inkscape in Linux, we're now trying to choose the best path to take in order to release it as an e-book. There are many options available to us — Amazon, Lightning Source, Google's ePub or finally ordinary plain PDF. Optimistally we'd love to go with PDF but are worried about blatent copying, contract lock-in, distribution and compatibility with the multitude of eBook readers." top
Choosing the right e-book path for self publishing
inflex (123318) writes "After years of hard work my wife's first fantasy novel "Tree of Life" ( treeoflifethebook.com ) has been published in print form. We are now trying to decide which e-book route to take. As an Open-source supporter, developer and now a publishing manager, I find myself conflicted over the DRM, freedom and control balance of the various options currently available. For background, my wife wrote the book in Ubuntu Linux, using LyX for the final output and a combination of Inkscape and GIMP for the artwork." Link to Original Source top
eBay 'scammer' animations imply linux = scammer OS
inflex writes "While going through some eBay pages today it was noticed that eBay has an anti-scammer / dunk-the-scammer flash animation showing a Witch 'zapping' an evil glasses-wearing scammer on a laptop. The laptop itself is adorned with two stickers, one saying "Phishing since '02" and the other is a small 'tux' logo.
Is there any law against this? The tux logo is strongly associated with Linux. Why isn't there any other OS logo, or more importantly, why was the tux put there in the first place! (I'd be curious to see how long the use of OS X, Windows or Solaris logos would have lasted)." top
inflex writes "In the Australia IT news page today this article.
PIRACY statistics are labelled "self-serving hyperbole" in a draft government report.
A confidential briefing for the Attorney-General's Department, prepared by the Australian Institute of Criminology, lashes the music and software sectors.
So here I am, a product in hand and somehow I have to get it into the market mind share, far beyond just 'friends in and family'. About the only thing I've ever had a lot of success with is infesting forums - the trouble with that is it's so much work and you really can't seem to break past the 1:1 ratio of effort vs sales. Things like AdWords, Facebook Fanpages, Facebook advertising don't seem to provide high returns either. Beyond the top couple of major social networking methods there appears to be hundreds of smaller avenues but they all seem to be even worse on effort-vs-return.
My suspicion is that it's a lot like winning the Lotto... you see the occasional big winner (like the White-board Resignation the other day) but for the most part everyone just ends up spending a lot of time, money and effort barely getting decent returns.