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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I got the book from my Safari bookshelf. Just curious, do the sales also consider the safari subscriptions and how does that stack up?
    • Yes, online sales are reported for O'Reilly books. Also, the new report brian alluded to contains a report of sales via ORA's new system which allows people to buy reproduction rights for part of a book.
    • It's just a line item that says "online", which includes Safari but I don't know what else. I don't see how many were sold, just a dollar number and my percentage of that. It's a decently sized number, but I haven't really compared it to previous royalty reports. The online numbers are usually very small compared to the paper book sales numbers.

  • Do you think there's any connection to the fact that you had a very open development process, with a repository, a mailing list, and open participation by the community in shaping the book?

    I'm not saying there is, necessarily, but I know that I definitely had a better impression of what I'd get out of the book based on what (little) I put into it and what I saw others putting into it. Certainly, this was one book that seemed to come about quite differently than most others in that sense.

    Or it may be that a
    • I have no way to really tell. I'd have to run a control test, and I don't want to spend two years doing that :)

      I definitely think the quality of the book is related to opening it up. There's a very long list of acknowlegements, and it was very handy to have a test audience for things like negative lookaround (my hardest topic to write about). Now, if the better quality means more sales I don't know. It could be that I just talked about it every chance I get so it gets more attention that other books. Who kn
  • I haven't gotten mine yet either. : )
  • How about adding a link to to drive sales and even generate a little bit of referral revenue?
  • I found a copy at a local book store and when I realized that I had learned several new things just standing there flipping through the book I realized I had to buy it. I also convinced my boss to buy one for others at the $hop. If and when your world travels bring you back to Buffalo it'd be cool if you could sign it and add to my collection of autographed Perl books!
  • I'm glad to hear the sales are going well. We need all of the Perl experts we can get.