It’s no secret that self-publishing a book and putting it under a
creative commons license while providing an HTML version for free, and
not marketing the paid version to anyone and giving 25% of your
revenue to charity might not be the most profitable venture. The
preceding run-on sentence tells the full story of the first year of
the Ruport Book.
Of course, we didn’t write the Ruport Book to profit. We wanted to
share with people a walk through the internals of Ruport, so that they
could become valuable contributors as well as be able to do
interesting things in their day to day work. We had hoped that the
sales of the book would offset some of the costs of writing it, and we
didn’t quite manage to do that. However, we also hoped that we could
use some of the profits to pay for various resources for Ruport’s
development, including various hosting fees. We did manage to do
== So here’s the real news:
After January 1st, 2009, the Ruport Book will be made completely free.
You’ll be able to download the latest PDF version without paying a
cent, and you’ll be able to buy a print copy from Lulu at cost.
In addition to that, we’re going to reformat our manuscript in
AsciiDoc and put it on github, so that folks can fork the book, make
changes and corrections, and send a pull request back so that we can
make live changes to the book that can be pushed out to the website
and to Lulu. This may take us a little while to get set up, but rest
assured, it will happen.
We want to thank the folks who paid money for the book. After we pay
all the costs to dissolve Rinara Press, LLC, and distribute money to
the folks who helped fund us as well as the Engineers Without Borders
charity, we are going to donate our individual earnings to the
project. We’ll have a public spending record, so folks can see where
the money from the book ultimately went.
For this reason, you may still wish to buy a copy of the book between
now and January 1st, as you’ll be directly benefiting Ruport itself.
However, if you’re new to the project and not sure you’re ready to
contribute, just wait a couple weeks and you’ll get the PDF book for
Though we would have loved to see the Ruport Book sell a ton of
copies, we’re just as happy to see that the HTML version was well
read, with thousands of unique visitors each month. We look forward
to seeing the book grow as a community resource as we make our
resources even more accessible to anyone who wishes to use them.
Greg & Mike, from the Ruport Book