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  • Another book to buy.

    I wonder if anyone's ever thought about how much they support the development of programs when they buy the authors' books. Or indeed, whether it helps at all. /me looks at shelf containing books by Bunce, gnat, Lamport, Conway and others.

    I've always wondered how much people get from their books.
      ---ict / Spoon
    • There's two ways it helps.

      1. Direct financial reward. We got an advance and we split the royalties. Neither of these are anything near enough to live on, but OTOH they're not pocket change either.

      2. Indirect help. Buying the book helps make Mason succesful. Mason's success has helped me personally, in that it's made it possible for me to get work more easily.

      For example, one place for whom I am currently doing contracting work contacted me because I am on the Mason core team.

      If the book is successful then that probably means that use of Mason will increase, which will help me get more work, which means I'll be able to work on Mason.