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I don't care if IBM benefits, *I* benefit enough to justify the price.

It's a personal decision, and YMMV as I said.  I pay $20 for a
Clancy/Brown/Coonts hard cover novel that I read and enjoy but that does not
provide a tangible benefit beyond the enjoyment.  Dr Frank's book
contributes to my job satisfaction and serves as a reference.

I'm headed for the golf course after work, carrying my TaylorMade logo golf
bag that I bought, wearing my TaylorMade logo windshirt that I bought, to
play with TaylorMade golf clubs that I paid $2500 for, to lose Nike balls.
TaylorMade subsidizes none of that and yet festoons the lot with their logos
to turn me into a walking billboard.  (actually Callaway should subsidize
that, but I digress).  It's the way of the world.

I'm not sure why you feel IBM owes you a subsidy.  Who's to say the price of
the book hasn't already been discounted by some IBM subsidy of the author,
or whatever.  It's a purchase decision, make your voice known by not buying
at that price.  Perhaps once the information is stale you can get a better

Dr Frank doesn't make an advertising message for IBM, by the way.  He just
tells the facts.  That it serves as an advertising message is a testament to
the system and its designers.

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Richter []
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2001 12:47 PM
Subject: Re: Frank Soltis

----- Original Message -----
From: "Westdorp, Tom" <>
> For those asking, it picks up the iSeries from the 400e and takes it
> forward.  It is about the iSeries from v5r1 to the future.  There's a
> prior r510 stuff in for historical perspective, but the how's and why's of
> the current iSeries and its direction is the meat of the book.


So you pay $50 for an advertising msg from ibm.

I agree that his last book was worth the price and probably this book also.
But IBM benefits from us reading the book, so they should at least subsidize

Steve Richter

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