30-day update: Getting Real, the book 03 Apr 2006
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Here’s a 30-day status update on our Getting Real PDF book. We plan on providing these updates from time to time to encourage those considering self-publishing their own books/content in PDF format.
30 days in we’ve sold roughly 5750 copies of Getting Real. We’re counting a transaction as a copy sold, but out of those 5750 transactions, 530 were 10-copy site licenses. So, if you wanted to count each of those site licenses sales as 10 copies, you can add another 5000 or so copies to the total.
We’re happy to see that nearly 10% of the books sold have been in the 10-copy site license flavor. It’s nice to know that people will do the right thing if you give them a fair opportunity to do so.
Total revenue for the book has been around $120,000. Since the book is distributed electronically in PDF format, it’s nearly all profit. Yes, we spent months writing the book, but we would have had to do that anyway if we had chosen to work with a traditional publisher. Plus, if we worked with a traditional publisher that book probably wouldn’t even be out yet.
Since we released the book we’ve been contacted by three traditional publishers interested in publishing a paper version of the book. We’re considering our options.
We’ve also been contacted by a few university libraries interested in making the book available to their students. We’re currently discussing those options as well.
The reviews and responses have been fantastic. We’re thrilled that people are finding the material valuable. We’re collecting emails and letters from people who’ve started putting the Getting Real principles to work. There’s a special place in our hearts for people willing to give it shot. If you have a story to share, please email matt at 37signals.com.
So that’s the 30-day update. Thanks to everyone who’s purchased a copy. If you don’t have a copy yet, $19 is all it takes to download the PDF in just a few minutes.