[sword-devel] Creating sword modules

Chris sword-devel@crosswire.org
Mon, 03 Dec 2001 12:07:26 +1100

In terms of making it happen technically, even if you charged $2.00 
extra per module for overheads,
you may have enough to hire someone to maintain things. The real problem 
I think is
chasing and pinning down the publishing houses. Or maybe that isn't even 
hard, I have
no idea.

David Burry wrote:

> 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.
> Dave
> 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
>> >