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Re: st: PDF Stata 8 manuals


From   Ulrich Kohler <kohler@wz-berlin.de>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: PDF Stata 8 manuals
Date   Tue, 15 Jul 2003 19:32:44 +0200

But  SAS is somewhat more expensive than Stata, isn't it?

kohler@wz-berlin.de

Richard Herrell wrote:
> I recall we discussed the problem before about the ease of distributing
> pdfs.  I don't think it differs greatly from the free sharing of
> photocopies of chapters from SAS manuals I saw as a student and teacher
> "Say, can I make a copy of the logistic chapter?"  I now have a CD with
> the complete SAS manuals which is not expensive, takes up virtually no
> room on the shelf, and is wonderful to use since I can search it.
>
> Richard Herrell
> NIMH
> NIH
>
> On Tue, 15 Jul 2003, Nick Cox wrote:
> > William Dupont
> >
> > > I think I would still prefer a hyperlinked pdf version of the paper
> > > documentation, but a hyperlinked SMCL version would be a
> > > big advance.
> > > Would creating hyperlinked pdf documentation be much more
> > > difficult or
> > > expensive than doing this in SMCL?
> >
> > The difficulty or the expense of doing this are not
> > the issue at all, or so I suspect. It's what would be
> > done with the resulting product.
> >
> > Let me put one key facet a little more bluntly than
> > Stata Corp might.
> >
> > If your colleagues and students could print out .pdf willy-nilly,
> > how much would it affect their willingness to buy the manuals?
> >
> > How many people, world-wide, would buy cheap pirated
> > versions of (subsets of) the documentation if they existed?
> >
> > Individually, of course, no one wants to pay any more than
> > one can avoid, modulo ethical scruples.
> > Collectively, however, the viability of
> > Stata Corp must depend on its financial success, itself
> > dependent on at least some people paying substantially
> > for what they get.
> >
> > Nick
> > n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk
> >
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