BOOK REVIEW : CREATE, SAVE,SHARE and SAVE MONEY USING OPEN- SOURCE PROJECTS by Joshua M Pearce.

This was a book that I read outside my usual reading preference and comfort zone. I chose to read this book back in 2021 and finally got the time to review it, I chose this one for 2 reasons : (1) The author went through my blog and reached out to me for reviewing his work and he was extremely humble; I always try to help out authors who spend their time and contribute to the literary word be it writing fictional or non fictional books and I am extremely sorry for coming up with a review after this long (2) I thought the content of the book might come in handy at some point of life and it won’t hurt to consume a different type of knowledge.

SYNOPSIS:

Prepare to explore an amazing collection of open-source projects shared by others—that literally create millions of dollars of wealth. You can do all these projects yourself by following in the footsteps of other Creative Commons users. Perhaps best of all—it is all free! Regardless of your experience, in doing your own projects, you have already benefited from this open-source sharing, even without knowing it. The internet is perhaps the best example because it is a massive collection of wildly successful open-source projects put together by millions of people sharing their time and talent. In these pages, you will learn about how to be a more proactive sharer in the Creative Commons to reap the benefits of enormous wealth for yourself and others, even if you have only a modest amount of money to start.

My Review:

The key message of the author was that YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SPEND A FORTUNE IN CASE YOU WANT TO GET IN PRODUCTION OR RECYCLING BUSINESS. The book discusses on a scientific approach on DIY and the potentials of DIY industry in near future. The book also illustrates that open source software and hardware can help in a cost efficient way and how quality production can be done with a standard budget. The author used a very simple yet catchy tone of language to explain his ideas and theories and as a result, I found it very easy to continue reading, it did not feel like a set of guidelines cramped in a book but a bunch of useful knowledge written in a subtle tone. This book will be very beneficial to the people who want to live a minimal lifestyle , as per author the book demonstrates how to use open-source software and hardware to save money on:

  • Digital photographs and videos
  • Music, software, and instruments
  • Scientific equipment
  • Paper and audio books
  • Maps and GIS data
  • Patterns for clothing
  • Security systems
  • Cars
  • Electricity

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