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Saturday April 09, 2005
03:48 PM

Keep what you got

[ #24097 ]
From the TPR interview with MJD,

MJD: I hope people will buy copies of the book to keep. MKP is nervous that having the book on the web site will hurt sales. I don't think it will, but I'd sure hate to be wrong.

I don't of course know how it will work. Partly because it's more convenient and meaningful to have a physical book, partly because I subscribed to the list and want to support it, I have ordered a copy and will be enthusiastically reading it once actually get hold of it. I wonder if this is because of the community aspects of Perl. For example, if a mass market book/album/film I wanted were freely and legally available online, would I download it for free, while paying for HOP because I want to support my club?

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  • Depends. Would you spend money to acquire them in absence of a for-free alternative?
    • This will be the first perl book I have bought.
      The fact that I have been able to learn as much
      as I have about perl for free (as in free beer)
      has been an important motivator to me.

      I don't own a computer. I am waiting for the free
      hardware movement to pass my way. I wouldn't be
      interested if I were paying. I like hitchhiking
      too. The fact that everyone is giving me these
      gifts is great! And that I can beat the system by
      freeloading is even more exciting.

      Why will I now buy the book? I think the fact I
      met Dominus