Open Source Projects Benefit from Book Sales


Packt Publishing has introduced an interesting twist into book publishing for today’s technology reader. The company has pledged to contribute portions of its royalties from publications on open source that it produces to the respective projects those books represent.

It has done so since April of this year and has already benefited popular projects such as phpmyadmin, openCMS and phpBB. The company publishes beyond the open source sphere of topics, but has stuck to its commitment and continues to develop new titles benefiting the community including releases on Plone and SpamAssassin.

Interesting concept of doing well financially while doing good and giving back to the community.

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  • charmedlover

    Quite interesting, I’m glad to see that open source is getting some source of revenue. It actually may be good for Packt to as I am leaning towards buying their books on open source software, lol.

  • Mark Harbottle

    That’s definitely an interesting strategy – one that can only help boost sales of their books in the long run. SitePoint contributes a percentage of its book sales to unrelated charities. I think it’s important for all companies to give something back to community whether they benefit directly or not!