[sword-devel] Often-requested yet never-available Bibles

Jonathan Morgan jonmmorgan at gmail.com
Mon Jul 27 19:09:17 MST 2009

On Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 5:24 AM, Jónatas
Ferreira<jonatasferreira at mac.com> wrote:
> Em 2009/07/27, às 13:59, sword-devel-request at crosswire.org escreveu:
>> It doesn't seem all that impossible.  At those prices, mental math says
>> the breakeven is 500 copies.  You just need the $10000 up front.
>> If ten CrossWire people kicked in $1000 each (or twenty people @ $500
>> each), and if (a big if?) there was a reasonable expectation of selling
>> 500 NIV modules within a year or two, it would be doable.  Are there 500
>> CrossWire users interested in the NIV at this price?  Doing something
>> like that would change the "feel" of what CrossWire is, somewhat, so the
>> group would have to decide if this sort of venture is something it
>> *wants* to do.  But to me, it sounds fairly feasible, *if* the group
>> chooses to make it a serious goal.
>> Jonathan
> The problem with charging for a module for Sword is that, generally, when
> people think about open-source they think "free" and they don't want to pay
> for anything. One example that proves my point is that, whenever someone
> tries to sell Sword copies, people come here and ask if it is legal to sell
> copies of Sword.

And e-Sword costs how much?  I know what you mean, but it is more
legal to sell Sword frontends than it is to sell e-Sword.

While many people do see e-Sword as free and don't want to pay for
anything with it, obviously others are buying the NIV, NKJV, Message,
etc. to make it worth selling it.  I don't know whether it would be
the same with Sword, but I imagine so.


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