Endenizen spoke with Brian Geller (415-829-2116) from Safari about providing access to their online library to all members of NoiseBridge. The most affordable plan provides online-only access for up to 10 books per 30-day period. The cost would be around $12.75 per member per month (price gets lower as more people sign up). The minimum to start is 5 members. Accounts are created per-year (and transferable to another user) so the minimum start-up cost is $765 with 5 members.
Safari Bookshelf Library – Each user would be assigned a specific number of slots that would allow them to add books to their bookshelf. They would be able to search across thousands of books in preview mode. To gain full access to a book, they would add it to their bookshelf. Each book must remain on the bookshelf for a period of thirty days before it can be exchanged for a different book. Once the bookshelf is full (all of the slots have been used), no more books can be added to the bookshelf unless you are able to exchange a book or you upgrade the account to a larger number of slots. This model only allows access to the 6,200+ technology books. Videos and Rough Cuts are not part of this collection.
NoiseBridge members opt-in for a Safari account and their membership dues are increased by $12.75/month (or a one-time feed of $153).
Benefits: The NoiseBridge Safari account will cost the group nothing to maintain. Members are responsible for the extra cost of Safari. The cheapest non-corporate account is $23/month.
Drawbacks (compared to non-corporate Safari accounts): Accounts have a one-year minimum. If we want to upgrade to a higher-level account, we'd have to wait at least a year.
 Personal Thoughts
- I would use this a lot at home/work/noisebridge. Safari has a great catalog of tech books. Endenizen 15:44, 6 October 2008 (PDT)