As a lifetime technologist I`m struggling for ways to differentiate myself in the marketplace and not be another "put your business on the web for you" guy. I feel that my training in sociology and education as well as traditional computer science give me the edge in understanding technologies that change the way people live. Now I just have to find a way to make some money at it. :)!
Since daydreaming isn`t getting me anywhere, I`m always anxious to chat up ideas with other folks (and, sure, live vicariously through them :)) so feel free to get me going on whatever topic you like.
Hi everybody,I`ve got a question, maybe this is a good forum to ask it. My wife is a stay at home mom, but an accomplished physical therapist. I know that with her experience we could easily bang out a series of e-books on some very important topics to the community that she`s accustomed to serving. Since this information / advice would have to do with people`s health, I get nervous about liability. For instance a topic of interest to physical therapy patients might be how to safeguard your house against falls. What if somebody does everything recommended and then still falls?If we put her credentials into the book, is she liable for the information in the book by default, since there`s an implied expertise that comes with the information? I was thinking that another option might be just for me to write it, and simply position it as "This is for research and information purposes, it is not medical advice." There is a professional organization for physical therapists, and through it one can get liability insurance. Would this be a likely route to try? I always thought of that insurance as something be used by people actively working on patients, not somebody writing a book.Thanks!
I`ve been trolling around trying to find an answer to this one on a number of boards, and have yet to find it. Since I can relate it directly back to my desire to be in business, I`ll post it here as well :).The question is about the line between public domain and copyright. I`ve come across some public domain works that I think would be of great value to my market. I`m sure they`re public domain, they`re over 100 years old, etc etc etc.. What I`d like to do is take the original source, modernize it a bit, and republish in some more modern ways (ebook, podcast, etc...)So, here`s my question. I can find a dozen different "free" directories on the net that make this public domain stuff available. But then they go and put their own copyright on the actual text. I don`t think there`s anything inherently wrong with that - they`re copyrighting their version of the original, which would mean the format they chose, the typos they forgot to fix when transcribing, and so on. But what I`m wondering is, how do I get my hands on a truly public domain document to use as the source for my own publishing efforts? I can`t simply take someone else`s copyrighted document and start hacking on it. I figure I have a couple of options -- either take a copyrighted edition and then just modify it as to be unrecognizable from the original (don`t love that one), keep searching until I find someone who has put up a PD licensed version (not impossible - I have Shakespeare that way), or else find a paper copy and transcribe it myself (don`t love that, and besides I think the paper publication would also have a more modern copyright). Any suggestions?Second question is, once I get my hands on the PD source, what am I really allowed to do with it? I figure the options range quite a bit:- just republish it, as is, the same document from 100 years ago just brought into an electronic form. This is quite common in the ebook directories, as I`ve mentioned. - "wrap" it by adding my own introductory matter and other content, but basically leave the original alone. Call myself the author and attribute original source appropriately.- hack and slash at will. Cut out and change what I don`t like, and insert freely. Call myself the author, but cite the original source someplace in tiny print nobody will see ;) The trick here would be how you present the work and whether it`s clear to the reader that you are amending an original or if he thinks you wrote the whole thing.The first question is really the crucial one since it goes directly to legal issues, plagiarism and so on. I don`t relish the thought of Oprah tearing me a new one when I get big and famous. :) As for the second question I`m trying to figure out the ethical line between the latter two options. I definitely want to add value to the original, not just republish it, but I`m unclear when it becomes my own work (which would give me some established cred as an authority in the field) versus just a republication of the original, which anybody can do. Thanks!
Kim, not sure if you got the gist from the woot page. They offer one product a day, starting at midnight (or 1am? It`s a timezone thing). They sell it until it`s sold out, and then you have to wait until the next day. This creates a frenzy of activity on the site as people clamor to be first in line so that they get to decide for themselves whether they want "it", whatever it is that day. Better to see it and opt to say "Not for me" then to come in an hour later when it`s sold out and say "Dang it, I wanted that."Once in a blue moon they also have what they call a "woot off" where they just do product after product for a good 24 hours or more. One goes up until it sells out, and then the next goes up. That`s fascinating mob behavior if you watch their forums, because when a lousy product comes up you`ll see people encouraging their fellow Wooters to buy it just to get it off the screen and move on to the next one. And, sure enough, many will. They`ve also got a built in karma model -- when a product sells out, woot will announce who bought the most, who bought the last one, and so on.I cut back on watching woot, personally. I have bought several things from them. But it just wasn`t worth monitoring it at what to me is 1am when, 95% of the time, it`s not a product I need. I think it appeals more to people who see a good deal on something and then start by assuming that they will buy it unless they can think of a good reason not to, and that`s not me. (A good example is the silver charm bracelet that comes up for sale every now and then. I watch people say "Hey, that`s a good deal...maybe I can give it to my sister or mother or something," where I look at it and say, "Don`t know anybody that would want that.")