[Bf-education] Bf-education Digest, Vol 36, Issue 3
tony.mullen at gmail.com
Wed Apr 9 12:32:44 CEST 2008
This all sounds good to me. I agree that it's good to have this formalized,
as I suspect there will be an increasing number of Blender books coming out
in the future... as Blender rapidly becomes the world's premier 3D software
Is the deal you're proposing here substantially different from the deal you
had with Wiley for ICAWB? (Other than new aspects such as the 3 reviewers,
> The trick is in the word "acknowledged by BF". That way BF has right to
> approve on reviewers.
> On 9 Apr, 2008, at 5:47, Ben Hodges wrote:
> > Hello,
> > Looks like a good proposal to me. One stumbling point, however, may be
> > in the selection of
> > the three people to act as a first "quality check" or initial review.
> > There are certainly plenty of
> > people out there for this but you would want to make sure they didn't
> > have any conflicts of
> > interest or involvement in the book.
> > Just a thought,
> > Ben
> > Ton Roosendaal wrote:
> >> Hi,
> >> Recently I've been contacted by Elsevier and Wiley (again) about deals
> >> they want to make to get official endorsements for their book.
> >> I am still trying to get feedback on what fair deals we can make with
> >> our Blender brand and official endorsements. To prevent arbitrary
> >> ruling we should have a standard offering for every publisher, for at
> >> least the next few years. Here's a proposal:
> >> 1) First goal is to get Blender authors professionally involved, and
> >> stimulate having good Blender books published. For that we can set up
> >> a
> >> quality check.
> >> - The publisher or author finds three people in the Blender artist
> >> community, acknowledged by the Blender Foundation and not being the
> >> author(s), who will endorse the book. They've each had a preview copy
> >> of the book for review.
> >> 2) A second goal can be to make the books available with a discount to
> >> the official blender.org shop. This discount should allow a
> >> substantial
> >> amount - minimum 50% - of sales to go to Blender support.
> >> - The publisher offers us 60% discount on the official retail price.
> >> (50% discount of the retail price is a standard retail offering, note
> >> that Amazon gives 35-40% discount to its clients already).
> >> - We can purchase books in small batches (but minimum 100 copies), and
> >> have right of return.
> >> - If publisher wants, can agree on minimum eshop sales price of 80% of
> >> retail price.
> >> 3) If the above can be achieved, we can provide the publisher with:
> >> - The right to put the Blender logo (small, as secondary item) on the
> >> cover.
> >> - The right to publish the statement "Official Blender Foundation
> >> Approved" (on cover, etc).
> >> - My cooperation on joint press releases or other PR (which can be
> >> done
> >> via email).
> >> Note: Unless the book was co-produced or written by myself, I won't
> >> write forewords anymore!
> >> What do you think, fair?
> >> -Ton-
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