PD/Shareware distributors

PD/Shareware distributors

Post by Lawrence Est » Sun, 05 Jan 1992 01:45:48



 Public Domain/Shareware distributors:

   AEL 8-BIT PD LIBRARY
   CO BILL MARCUM
   PO BOX 34183
   LOUISVILLE KY 40232

   B&C COMPUTERVISIONS
   2730 SCOTT BLVD
   SANTA CLARA CA 95050

   (408) 986-9960
   FAX (408) 986-9968

   BELLCOM
   PO BOX 1043
   PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO, CANADA K9J 7A5

   BRE SOFTWARE
   352 W BEDFORD AVE
   SUITE 104
   FRESNO CA 93711

   1-800-347-6760
   FAX (209) 432-2599

   C&T ComputerActive
   PO BOX 893
   Clinton OK 73601

   (405) 323-5890

   MWPDS
   890 N HUNTINGTON ST
   MEDINA OH 44256

   NOVATARI XL/XE PD LIBRARY
   CO GEOFFREY DIMEGO
   8612 THAMES ST
   SPRINGFIELD VA 22151

   TEAC (THE EDUCATOR'S ATARI CLUB)
   PO BOX 1024
   LAYTONVILLE CA 95454

 
 
 

1. PD distributors

     This is primarily aimed at the software(especially the shareware)
authors we have reading the net.

     I have noticed that many of the programs coming across the net
will not allow their distribution by way of PD software
distributors.As well,some do not will their software to be distributed
on commercial systems such as Genie and Compu-serve.

     I wish to know why such a prejudice?(No flame,I am just curious)

     What is it about PD distributors that authors don't like?While I
am not connected with any such distributors,I will admit I have
thought along such lines and as such would like the authors point of
view.

     Is it that most distributors after purchasing disks,checking out
the programs,cataloging them,creating some sort of sales catalog,etc.,
try to make a profit on the disks to cover their time and effort?

     The reason I ask,is for several years I was without a modem as
well as being a long distance toll charge from any user group or
BBS.My only option was such distributors and with one exception I
found their prices for their time and effort to be reasonable.I wonder
wether some authors understand that the reason distributors exist is
to provide a service that people want(or in my case,needed).I would
think that for a shareware author,the widest distribution would bring
the best results.

     Since my interest is strictly for the ST,I thought I would ask
here,but since this post is not of general interest(I don't think
:}),I would ask that all replies be by E-Mail to save bandwith.

     My thanks for your time and considerations,

                                          Kent Cavaghan

P.S. Please,no flames;at this point I am just curious about some
seemly contradictions.I will sumarize to the net if there is enough
interest.
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