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  • What the heck is an email book? Can someone do housecleaning around here? Oh well, never mind.

    ORA is having the same brainstorm in the same format (public discussion). A few things are happening: people involved in open source projects are becoming valuable authors... this lets readers connect with the brains behind the creations; the Web is fostering diversity... Webseters picture dictionary is an interesting example of how publishers have to work harder as well as diversify; programming is once again largely being done for fun rather than money so the types of information requested is increasingly along the "Hacks" varity; disruptive technologies like P2P, Xbox Linux, datamining the blogsphere, etc are coming along, and people want to be involved in the sorts of things publishes aren't used to catering to (bunnie's Hacking the Xbox is a cool exception of where a publisher didn't drop the ball); as people depend less on their college education and more on books and the Web for their job, the demand for truly advanced books increases, and it's difficult for publishers to raise to this level - but even harder for the Web to (this has been Addison Wesley's strong hold, though I have a Morgan Kauffman book that would easily force my brain to expand out through my ears).

    It's certain that you can't keep doing the same thing you're doing. I've been working on for a while (free online documentation) so I've been kicking around the ideas of technology, publishing, documentation, collaboration, commercialization, and so on... I get a lot of data on which pages people link to, read, and so on and so forth. Oh - some of the best books done in modern times and historically by ORA are nothing but a massive but organized survey of a subject-area - Perl for System Administration rocks for this reason; Perl Cookbook, ditto; Perl Graphics Programming is another example; Perl 6 Now (Apress) will certainly be one of these. I traded ideas with the original editor for two months before something was settled on; there's certainly pressure to change and lack of clear direction in which way.