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The goal of this project is to produce a complete book on Modelica that is available under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license.
The goal of this project is to produce a complete book on Modelica that is available under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license.
55 backers pledged $44,676 to help bring this project to life.

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A "Free" Modelica Book? Maybe...with your help.

The Story So Far...
In 2001, I wrote the first book on Modelica. I got a lot of positive feedback from that effort and the book was even translated into Japanese. But one of the things that many people were unhappy with was the price. Well, I wasn't too thrilled with it either. The book was way too expensive. But the problem was, it wasn't my choice. It was my publisher's. And I could not do anything about it.

So What's All This About?
This is an experiment. But I need your help.
I'd like to try a different model for publishing a book. I want to publish a book so that I can retain control of the content.

Why?

Because that way I can achieve my real goal in writing the first book which is to help anybody understand what makes Modelica so useful.  Because if it is up to me, I will make a copy of the book available for free on the web. I could also sell physical and ebook reader compatible versions much cheaper than via a conventional publishing route.

I was inspired by the "patronage" model behind KickStarter. The basic idea is to allow content creators to solicit "patrons" who would like to sponsor their work.

What's the Catch?
No catch really. My goal in writing my previous book was to help people come up to speed with Modelica using relevant, real-world examples. But in that case, it only helped people who bought the book.

My goal is still the same but this time I want to have a version of the book that reaches everyone who is interested in the topic.

Complete information, including a collection of frequently asked questions, a tentative table of contents and a sample chapter, can all be found at http://book.xogeny.com.

Risks and challenges

The main challenge will be balancing this project with other personal and professional obligations. I've deliberately set the delivery to be just before the next Modelica Conference to give me enough time to produce the material. I plan to be very transparent with this project and release drafts for review in the meantime so the basic material will be available much sooner.

I plan to cover the subject of Modelica but the amount of money will determine how much depth I can cover. Hopefully people will find this a worthwhile project and I can exceed my funding goal. This will allow me to provide not just the necessary breadth of coverage but also give me the luxury of some in-depth discussions.

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    Everyone who donates $10 or more gets to vote in selecting the cover art. The votes will be weighted according the size of the donation.

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    In addition to receiving reward #1, anyone contributing over $50 will be entitled to one free copy of the eBook version in either ePub or PDF format (yes, you can get it for free anyway, but this way gives you good Karma)

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    The first 10 people who contribute more than $200 will receive a signed physical copy of the book. Note, cost of delivery will only be covered inside the US. In the case of international deliveries, recipients may be required to cover the difference in shipping costs. I'll be happy to work with recipients to minimize or eliminate these extra charges if possible.

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    Individuals or organizations who contribute more than $1000 will be acknowledged as Bronze Sponsors both in the book and listed as Bronze Sponsors on the Xogeny web-site where an HTML version of the book will be hosted. The sponsor will be entitled to a 100x100 pixel image+link on the book's home page.

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