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Thu 30 Dec 2010, 12:22 AM
The Virtual Library in the Lotusphere 2011 Sessions database now has thirty-three books, which is more than I thought I would find. A few are on Websphere or Dojo, but most are on Lotus Notes, Lotus Sametime, etc.

But the thirty-third book surprised me. Just Enough Governance for Notes by Craig Schumann of Teamstudio. How could I not have heard of this? How is this not a very popular book in Lotus Notes circles? It is pricey, which may be part of the problem, but I would think a number of companies would snap it up, especially with a ringing endorsement from Thomas Duff, reviewer extraordinaire, whose imprimatur should count for a lot.

Sadly, the book is ranked #2,110,607 on Amazon, which means it sells less than pickle-and-onion ice cream.  But we can do something about that.  Take a look at the description, read Duffbert's glowing and comprehensive review, and see if there isn't a company out there which would love to snap this up.  If five people bought the book between now and Lotusphere, that would probably bring the rank down below one million (SWAG).  More importantly, this is a topic which means something in the corporate world. Sure, XPages development is sexy and sells, but IT governance is critical too.

Maybe we could even convince Craig Schumann to drop the price a bit, if he has any say in the matter, or ask him to convince the publisher.  Either way, this book belongs on your bookshelf. Now, go convince your boss.

Update: I'm sorry, but I think this is funny. The sales rank on Amazon is now #139,312.  I don't know how they calculate, or how many have just suddenly bought the book on my recommendation (not likely), but dropping from #2,110,607 to #139,312 overnight?

Update2: Now, by the end of the same day, the ranking is #298,017.  I guess wild gyrations are the norm when you don't sell many copies.

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Wed 29 Dec 2010, 05:14 PM
The updating of the Lotusphere 2011 Sessions db goes on apace, with the addition today of fifty-seven sessions, many of them from Business Development Day, sponsor sessions and customer sessions.  If you want the complete picture, make sure to replicate your database.  I will get a new copy up tonight for those people locked in caves without the ability to replicate.

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Wed 29 Dec 2010, 11:29 AM
I was pleased to see Paul Goat Allen's The Best Zombie Releases of 2010, both because zombie books are fun, but also because I know one of the authors.  Here's the list, in case you want to check them out.  I have been careful not to identify which book was written by my friend, so just consider buying any of the books that jump out at you:

1) Feed by Mira Grant

Feed cover

2) The Loving Dead by Amelia Beamer

The Loving Dead cover

3) Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson, Sam Stall

4) Dust by Joan Frances Turner

5) Dog Blood by David Moody

6) Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist

7) The Zombies of Lake Woebegotten by Harrison Geillor

8) The Living Dead 2 edited by John Joseph Adams (anthology by various authors)

9) Dead Guy SpyGoop Soup and The Big Stink by David Lubar (yeah, these are three different books, but all cheap)

10) Desperate Souls by Gregory Lamberson

11) The Book of the Living Dead edited by John Richard Stephens (anthology by various authors)

12) The Zombie-Wilson Diaries by Timothy W. Long

All kidding aside, there are a lot of great books here to choose from if you are a fan of zombie fiction, and several stretch the genre in humorous ways, which is always a big plus with me.

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Tue 28 Dec 2010, 08:27 PM
Back before the holidays, I asked people to suggest books they would like to see. It is time for a round-up.  First, the books in the top ten, then the ones that will likely fall to the wayside unless you go in and vote for them now.  In other words, this may be your last chance to convince people to vote for the book that YOU want to see.
Update: Reshuffled to reflect new standings 10:30am  05:00pm EDT  Jan 9th at 9pm  Jan 13th at 11am

Top Ten - Vote/Lobby for them so we know which are favorites

Bottom Ten - Vote/Lobby for them, or they're dead

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Mon 27 Dec 2010, 10:57 AM
I spend too little time doing regular Notes client development, and it is always fun to remember the features that are available.  I spruced up the Virtual Bookstore a bit by adding images to the view.  It isn't quite finished, but it makes for a more attractive and appealing experience.

Remember, while it is fun to browse for books in the Lotusphere Bookstore, if you order through the Virtual Bookstore, the books can get delivered to your home or business, and don't have to get lugged around.

Virtual Bookstore view

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Wed 22 Dec 2010, 09:21 PM
If you are looking for good horror and zombie fare, a great place to start is the Library of the Living Dead.  By way of introduction, I have included the November best seller list from the Library.  These are all zombie books, but the LOTLD also handles science fiction and general horror.

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