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DVassallo 46 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite

AWS and Cloud computing are really hot topics and it's hard to get the right information by just reading around the web. Q&A websites are great if you can learn by asking isolated questions - how do I sum 2 columns in python pandas? - but terrible if you need systemic knowledge - how much will I have to pay if I migrate my 90's era "enterprise" BI on premise systems to AWS? I think that such "ebooks" written by credible professionals could easily charge $500 or $5000. I am not surprised this ebook is so successful because it provides systemic knowledge on a really valuable platform at a very reasonable price.

And by the way, the only other 2 paths you can take as a company to evaluate something like AWS are 1) trusting AWS tech sales; 2) trusting xyz consultant. On point 1 you clearly have a bias and even without the bias you could be talking to a company selling a technology that is a bad fit for you (like all those trying to do BI with a Cloudera stack). On point 2 you can find consultants expert in AWS or xyz tech stack, but it's harder to find professionals that know the technology of the present day AND also can make good guesses at where tech is going to be 5 years from now. On top of all consultants are paid to be confident and that's exactly what you should avoid, you should be selecting technology knowing that things might change.

This feels, to me, like it is straddling the line between spam and a really clever art project featuring a link-ouroboros that generates cash as it swallows links to itself.

That said the $25k in quick sales for a technical book is a great result, congrats DVassallo!

This was up here a few days ago. Re-linking to reddit just feels like advertising.

Indeed. This is an intentional dupe on the part of the submitter. Per https://news.ycombinator.com/newsfaq.html: “If a story has had significant attention in the last year or so [as this one did], we kill reposts as duplicates.”

Promoting the book release to 13K Twitter, a front page post on HN and an IndieHackers interview are all one-off events.

A more interesting question is what the sales level will be once the dust settles.

I would hazard a guess that it will probably earn a couple g's a month for the next 2 years, at which point it'll drop off almost completely with the exception of the occasional impulse purchase. Net earnings over next 3.5 years? <110-195k in total, optimistically. Still decent money for something that's more "fun" than other types of tasks.

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