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Old August 12th, 2017, 01:24 PM   #1
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money making idea

I feel i could rewrite some of these engineering manuals and sell the re writes.

Reading engineering manuals and passing on the pertinent has kind of been my thing.
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Old August 12th, 2017, 01:30 PM   #2
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With the internet here you could probably sell the first one, then within 2 days there would be PDF and e-book copies on many sites, even an audiobook after a week.

Then the person that bought the one copy would try and say it wasn't what he wanted and want his money back.
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Old August 12th, 2017, 01:45 PM   #3
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I feel i could rewrite some of these engineering manuals and sell the re writes.
Then what's stopping you?
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Old August 12th, 2017, 01:53 PM   #4
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With the internet here you could probably sell the first one, then within 2 days there would be PDF and e-book copies on many sites, even an audiobook after a week.

Then the person that bought the one copy would try and say it wasn't what he wanted and want his money back.
what stopping me? what he said, and laziness.
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Old August 12th, 2017, 01:55 PM   #5
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I'm not all that, but even 15 years ago i knew you had to reset the EU bit of the Lifo.
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Old August 12th, 2017, 03:19 PM   #6
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I'm not all that, but even 15 years ago i knew you had to reset the EU bit of the Lifo.
You and thousands of others, it's only the people who can't be bothered to read the help on the instruction who had "issues"...
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Old August 12th, 2017, 04:11 PM   #7
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My fear would be once it becomes successful, what company is going to try to accuse you of copying copyrighted material, or a DMCA, etc.
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Old August 12th, 2017, 04:17 PM   #8
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To do a good job of it, you will have to buy the products you rewrite the manuals for. How many manuals will you need to sell to recover the cost of the products?
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Old August 13th, 2017, 08:49 AM   #9
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If you seriously want to pursue that, say for the most common A-B or Siemens manuals at least, I'd suggest contacting a publisher like Wiley. http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/ I found them easy to work with and they handle all the promotion and protection BS. You get a royalty check twice a year, no problems.

If you just did a straight grammatical fix you might have copyright issues. If you actually do a re-write, reorganize, and add things like examples there shouldn't be a problem. Again, a good editor would help you with that.
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Old August 13th, 2017, 08:59 AM   #10
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The computer world is full of guides that explain various apps or languages.

The whole "Dummies" line of books is aimed at better explanations.

Go for it.
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Old August 13th, 2017, 10:28 AM   #11
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What you should do is talk to small companies and do technical writing to clean up or even make manuals that are useful.

Although, I like manuals that say, "Pushbutton is to be pushed to activate/deactivate pushbutton."
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Old August 13th, 2017, 01:13 PM   #12
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I have found that with most instrumentation manuals....once you have figured out how to program the instrument.....THEN the manual makes sense.
Sort of backwards to me..
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Old August 13th, 2017, 02:51 PM   #13
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I have found that with most instrumentation manuals....once you have figured out how to program the instrument.....THEN the manual makes sense.
Sort of backwards to me..
Agreed.

I find that manuals tend to either be written by people who are trying to hide how little they know about the topic, or by people who know so much they have forgotten what it felt like to start at level 0.
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People read manuals?!
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Old August 14th, 2017, 02:11 PM   #15
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