Pro mashups book with a CC license

I’ve just followed a link to a blog from someones email footer, and found a book published this year: Pro Web 2.0 Mashups: Remixing Data and Web Services (Apress, 2008). The blog is by the author of the book Raymond Yee.

I was attracted to the blog and the book for two reasons:

  1. I love mashups, and when I find the time I like to tinker with my mashup - The Repository Mashup Map. I’m always looking for more ammunition to stuff in my mashups tool box.
  2. My work requires me to work extensively with Open Access Repositories. When I work with academics to examine what could be deposited in a repository we usually end up talking about books, and what can be done with them. Often, and for good and obvious reasons they do not want to archive whole copies of books. However I try to encourage them to look for options such as archiving the metadata along with a copy of the cover of the book, and maybe a sample chapter of two. The metadata can / should of course contain a link to the publishers site and somewhere where it can be purchased. All of this can serve as a good advert for the book and consequentially improve its sales. Raymond has gone to the extreme with this book, and both he and the publisher are to be commended: he has (with the publishers permission) put a copy, licensed by a ‘Creative Commons By-Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike license‘ online. Great stuff!

This is a good license to use – it means anyone working on a commercial mashup would have to buy the book, and the book has to be attributed if it has been used. This could be a good move to spread the word about the book.

The book can be downloaded chapter by chapter using the following link (http://blog.mashupguide.net/toc/). The book looks excellent and covers a lot of ground. And best of all, I can dip in and out of it a bit online to see if it suits me, and if so, buy a copy.

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