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Shlomi Fish (918)

Shlomi Fish
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I'm a hacker of Perl, C, Shell, and occasionally other languages. Perl is my favourite language by far. I'm a member of the Israeli Perl Mongers, and contribute to and advocate open-source technologies. Technorati Profile [technorati.com]

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Thursday June 19, 2008
03:51 PM

New Essay about Open-sourcing Books

[ #36730 ]

A conversation on Ask Bjørn Hansen's blog (famous for being an administrator of perl.org and involved in other Perl-related projects) prompted me to write this essay, which talks about why it is unwise and harmful not to make one's books publically available online. Perl is mentioned there and so is Ruby and git and other technologies.

Comment here or on the announcement of the essay on my homepage's blog, where no registration is required for commenting.

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  • I can get behind the idea of making information free, available, and collaborative. That's why I think wikibooks is such a good idea

    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Main_Page [wikibooks.org]

    What I can't get behind is the notion that it is acceptable to illegally share information against the author's and publisher's legal rights. It doesn't matter if you think it is a bad idea for them to close source their work, it is their prerogative and it should be respected - both morally and legally. Trying to make it all right

  • Without financial compensation, you wouldn't have Learning Perl (5 editions), Learning Perl on Win32, Randal Schwartz's Perls of Wisdom, Intermediate Perl (2 editions), Mastering Perl, or the Learning Perl Student Workbook.. You wouldn't have The Perl Journal, The Perl Review, or $foo without having to pay for them.

    Since you've never written a book, you don't have anything interesting to say about what book authors should do. You've never been a publisher, either, so you don't have anything interesting to s