[sword-devel] Creating sword modules

David Burry sword-devel@crosswire.org
Sun, 02 Dec 2001 16:24:14 -0800

Great idea, if enough people donate to maintain the service then all those 
locked modules could be sold at the royalty cost, essentially as free as it 
gets.  This can only happen if some knowledgeable people are willing to 
actually make it happen and maintain it though.


At 01:54 PM 12/2/2001 -0600, David Overcash wrote:
>I agree.  Should we (or is there already) open an area on the
>sword/crosswire site to accept donations?  I am sure many people would
>donate money and it could be put to lots of uses
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-sword-devel@crosswire.org
>[mailto:owner-sword-devel@crosswire.org]On Behalf Of Chris
>Sent: Sunday, December 02, 2001 5:04 AM
>To: sword-devel@crosswire.org
>Subject: Re: [sword-devel] Creating sword modules
>If you are getting a half million downloads, I wouldn't be at all
>surprised if you could do a lot
>better than 10,000 x $10. After all there's probably a bunch of these
>same people paying
>multi-times that amount for commercial products as well.
>If crosswire's goal is to give stuff away, I would think you need to get
>a licencing deal
>done just so you can play in the same league. As an example, I know a
>retired lady, who
>can ill-afford to be buying software, recently spent about $60 I think
>for some bible
>program. While you and I would like to be able to give her say NIV free,
>we'd still
>be doing the world a service if we could give it to her for $10 and save
>her $50.
>Chris Little wrote:
> >>Well this text came from an old BibleSource program, published by
> >>Zondervan, so I guess that's good news.
> >>
> >>Has there been direct contact with any of the publishers? I
> >>would have
> >>thought that a lot of them would be happy to have people
> >>selling their
> >>product. There seem to be a lot of bible programs on the market that
> >>must have done a deal with them.
> >>
> >
> >Zondervan is only interested in sources of reliable, large profits.
> >>From our statistics, which show us serving about half a million books
> >per year, I would assume 10,000 people would probably be willing to pay
> >$10 for an NIV license to meet Zondervan's quota for that.  I'm not sure
> >about licensing on their other property.
> >
> >But no one has worked with any publishers for the purpose of selling
> >content.  CrossWire's purposes are to create software and distribute
> >scripture for free, so it would be a group other than CrossWire itself
> >that dealt with these matters.
> >
> >--Chris
> >