Fwd: Free Books from Sams Publishing for your User Group

Ovid poec at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 8 14:40:44 CDT 2002

Hi all,

I just received an interesting email from Sam's publishing, included at the bottom of the email.

Two word summary:  free books.
Six word question:  what do we do with 'em?

I'm sure that no one would object to our picking up free books, but I have to confess that Sam's
can be pretty spotty quality.  Some of their books are great, others leave a lot to be desired. 
However, rather than unilaterally making a decision on this, I thought I would pass the buck
(book?) to all of you to see if anyone has any creative ideas.  Random thoughts follow.

1.  Establishing a pdx.pm library would be nice, but who would be the librarian, and where would
the library be kept?
2.  If we don't establish a library (I don't see how it would be feasible), who gets the books?  I
could just write back to this person and get an armload of free books, but that doesn't seem very
3.  Is anyone willing to write reviews on the books to post on our Web site?
4.  [insert your own question here, even if you don't answer it]
5.  Legal question:  is this income?  Do we have to declare it or anything like that?

Curtis "Ovid" Poe

> Hello Curtis,
> We are writing to offer your Perl User Group an opportunity to receive an
> introduction to Sams' Developer's Library Series ands other Open Source
> related books.  I would like to send you a selection of our best-selling
> books along with some Sams' promotional materials.
> As dedicated Perl users, your feedback is very important to Sams.  I hope
> when you receive your kit you will take the time to review the books, and
> post those reviews on your Web site and/or email them back to us.  Also,
> feel free to use the books and other goodies as contest or door prizes at
> your meetings.
> If you are interested in receiving this box of goodies from Sams, please
> reply and answer the six quick questions following my signature.
> Thanks,
> Matt Klocek and Amy Sorokas, Sams Publishing
> 6 Quick Questions:
> 1.	Please provide the correct shipping address and phone number.
> 2.	How many members are in your group?
> 3.	How often do you meet?  Do you have a set meeting schedule? Would
> you be interested in an editor or author presenting to your group?
> 4.	Does your group regularly review new books?
> 5.	Does your group have a web site? If so, what is the web site
> address?
> 6.	Do you have another email address that you would prefer that we send
> upcoming promotions?

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