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Re: How much should Odoo documentation cost

Stephen Mack
- 09/03/2014 23:34:33
I think that this is a good business opportunity for someone like yourself, assuming you have the experience and abilities to produce a good product.  I think you should come up with an index (with the help of the community) and maybe a free first chapter.  Then I suggest that you make this a kickstarter project.  The deliverable would be a printed or digital copy of the book.  This is a perfect way to release your product if you are looking to open source the book but recover your costs in producing it.

If you want this to become your on going monthly income then I think you need to find a publisher that would be willing to invest in your idea.  And then go to the open market and take your chances that enough people will buy your book.  One already exists:

Honestly I could see many people, like me, who would be willing to help cover your costs to produce a high quality product.  I would assume that having user documentation would be beneficial to odoo partners when selling odoo and that they would invest in a kickstarter project, where the end result is that they and the community have something valuable and you were fairly compensated for your work.

You could release the book with the stipulation that no one else can sell the book other than you but the book was free to read in digital form.  

Just some ideas.

Best wishes!


On Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 10:00 PM, Taimoor Yousaf <> wrote:
How about a kickstarter campaingn?

On Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 10:07 PM, Borut Jures <> wrote:
I've been reading the discussion about documentation. When Fabien wrote they will not write it, I was enthusiastic. I registered OdooDocs domain and planned to write it myself (I have experience writing such documentation from another ERP). I know how much time and work is required but I like writing documentation (strange since I'm also a programmer).

My idea was similar to what somebody here proposed - combined technical and functional documentation. The goal is to write the functional documentation. The technical notes help me as a writer and maintainer. I have many other ideas how to put documentation where it is needed - in the browser as part of the UI. But it is premature to think about this.

I like the community spirit but while it works for writing code it doesn't work for writing documentation. How many books do you know that were written by more than one author? In our case large parts will have to be written by a single author. It can be commented and improved by the community but at the end somebody has to edit it and put everything together.

Many of you expect to get the documentation for free. The problem is I cannot do it for free. Who can? It is a full time job. Somebody may start working on it for free, but will not finish it.

We cannot avoid the question of how much are we willing to pay for the documentation. And it is not a one-time cost like buying a book. It is a monthly subscription cost (unless developers stop changing the code).

How much are functional consultants and power users willing to pay per month? And how many of them will pay? Is Odoo SA willing to pay contributors/authors?

Without these numbers I'm afraid the only words about the documentation will be written on this mailing list.

Please help me solve the problem of how to be compensated for my time and I'll start working on it tomorrow.

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