Let’s say you were asked which software should be included on the CD that is packaged with a book on Web publishing? What would you recommend? Here’s a list of a few things that come to mind:
Any other ideas? Please leave a comment.
April 11, 2006 at 11:15 am
I wouldn’t want anything that wasn’t original to the author and that wasn’t on a book-specific web-site. Anything else is likely to be outdated before your book hits the shelves.
I normally assume that CDs that come with books on computer topics are nearly worthless when they’re new and are certainly worthless if the book is six months old.
I thought of one other case: If you’ve licensed something for your readers, by all means include it.
April 11, 2006 at 7:06 pm
I rarely put the CD drive in one of my laptops, a teen visitor re-hooked up the CD in my desktop to play games, it had been unplugged ’cause I was using that IDE bus to recover data off of something, and a CD is hust one more piece of freakin’ media to keep up with.
April 11, 2006 at 10:15 pm
EditPlus, my favorite text editor.
April 12, 2006 at 1:55 am
I agree with Dan Lyke — leave the CD out. I thought it was pretty worthless in 1996 and I definitely think it’s worthless in 2006!
April 13, 2006 at 2:47 pm
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