5. September 2006 03:53
A few days ago LRABooks launched Book Sale Scout, a web based book sale directory.
This looks like a great service to locate book sales, unfortunately for me it appears to be USA specific at this time, but then if you could see the books piled around me in my flat you might say its for the best!.
Check out more details on the Book Selling Online blog post and the follow up article reviewing the launch.
I have to say, being a programmer, developer, software engineer (or what ever other name you wish to use) I was a little disappointed to see their programmer getting some flack for a few of the early bugs.
No software application is without bugs (OK, maybe NASA have a couple of bug free apps, but most commercial stuff will have a few thrown in for free). Whilst us developers do our best to keep them out I personally believe it is ultimately the job of the tester to make sure the application is fit for purpose and operates in an acceptable manner.
Many small companies go without software testers, especially one person micro-ISVs, but where ever possible someone other than the programmer should test the application before it gets released, us developers are too close to the code to be able to test properly.
So whilst Im not surprised Book Sale Scout had a couple of bugs I am disappointed that the poor programmer got the blame so freely and not the tester or who ever decided to release the application.
Anyway, rant over and done with, check out Book Sale Scout it looks to be a promising resource for books and I wish them all the best success.
Also if your into selling books I can highly recommend Steve Webbers Selling Books blog.