[Bf-committers] Blender Proceedings, proposal

Ton Roosendaal ton at blender.org
Sun Oct 24 16:35:44 CEST 2010

Hi all,

This was mailed to the bf-docboard list as well, but it's a good
topic to get feedback on here as well.

Here's an idea I have to get public funding via our community to
increase the quantity and quality of documentation projects.

"Blender Proceedings"

- Magazine style and size, full color
- 80 pages, quality paper, 200 grs cover
- Regular issues, like 4 x per year
- Contents available in wiki.blender.org compatible formatting and
- Printed versions being sold online, pdf (ebook?) freely downloadable

Topics for a Proceedings issue can depend on anything we consider
worth investing time in. Especially it can become a means for our
active documenters (and new writers) to spend considerable time on a
documentation project while getting a fee paid for it. I also consider
to invite developers to participate in this, to get good technical
(but readable for users!) docs.

In many cases a Proceedings can be filled by multiple authors, they
then just share the fees. An editor (and reviewer) should be found as
well, who can get a mentoring fee.

The name "Proceedings" has been picked to not present this as manual
or tutorials, but to always strive for reflecting current development,
or important missing docs for Blender. Issues can also be a report on
activities such as the Sintel Open Movie project, or the full report
on all presentations at the Blender Conference.
To make issues somewhat attractive, artwork or galleries can be
included as well.


- printing costs 4000 euro (1000 copies)
- writer fixed fee: 3000 euro
- mentor fixed fee: 500 euro
- DTP design: 2400 euro

With a sales price of 19 euro, it will need to sell a little over 500
to get return of costs. My estimate is we can sell maybe a 1000,
provided it's well designed and attractive.

Profits then goes to financing the next issue. The better it works,
the more docs!

After doing a first issue, we can also evaluate it, and offer a
subscription model to pre-finance it all (4 issues for 60 euro or so).

Start shooting crits! :)



Ton Roosendaal  Blender Foundation   ton at blender.org    www.blender.org
Blender Institute   Entrepotdok 57A  1018AD Amsterdam   The Netherlands

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