janAetherStar wrote: A group for making tp content, selling it, and using the money to buy pu and their stuff and distribute it to libraries and newcomers etc. What do you think?
janAetherStar wrote:jan Lope o:
I guess you're right about distributing free lessons and links (I used to advertise tp with project wonderful sometimes, hehe), but I will say that pu has been useful for some people who find the use of it very easy and quick, v.s. something lengthier. It also comes in book format, v.s. something that would have to be bound manually after printing (and the printing/binding cost might be nearly as much, and I doubt libraries would take those sorts of "books". Though printing a series of mini-zines about tp and putting them places couldn't hurt.) Keep in mind it's not just about buying pu but buying the created content and sharing that around too, hence the whole bilingual book idea (inspired by Star in a Night Sky and a Chinese/English children's book I saw once). I agree that stuff might not sell well, but the idea rests on gradual growth and increases in numbers, not just an immediate "boom" effect. The main aim is also to give people an excuse to make sellable content, not just post a story here and there and say we're all done - a reason for people to get inspired to take on larger/more detailed projects. I'm thinking along the lines of that tp book on Lulu.com that happened once, but was deleted. It'd be a fun thing to make happen in any case - even if it were just a group and not a recognized charity.
janAetherStar wrote:jan Lope o, that sounds like an idea I had once before of a sort of "tp hub" where you add texts, videos, links to texts and videos, etc etc, and give people a way to comment on and rate them. Similar idea and it would help a ton with the creation process of books, but it's not the idea to just compile content. The idea of it being a group means everyone would have stated that their work can be used in books that sell and make money (that money of which gets used by the group to purchase and spread more books and advertise tp etc etc), which would require a different set of legal rules than it just be a place for people to post stuff anywhere they want.
However, I like your idea better now that I think about it more (especially if there were a button you could press to just print a certain text or group of texts in a book-ish format), and I guess if there was a donation program to fund advertisements for tp (or just run the server) for people who like that kind of an idea, that could solve both ideas.
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