[thelist] "The Web Design Business Kit"

Stuart Young syoung at unitec.ac.nz
Mon Jul 19 19:20:11 CDT 2004

Sitepoint offers "The Web Design Business Kit" by Brendon Sinclair 
(http://www.sitepoint.com/books/freelance1/) for sale. I've considered

purchasing it for some time and I'm wondering if any of you out there 
have had any personal experience with it. Was it worthwhile, or not?

Personally I thought it was a complete rip-off - luckily my work paid
for it not me!

There is some interesting and useful material in there but it should be
in a small textbook retailing for $50 not in two large ring-binders
retailing for $200.

The second ring-binder is completely useless - the electronic versions
of the documents have only minor use and the paper versions are

Here is what I wrote to Sitepoint when they asked for my feedback...
I was a little bit dissapointed with the content, its mainly "business"
and not enough "web design business" - presumably I could have got the
same insights from a cheaper business textbook. I was a little bit
dissapointed with the documents in folder 2 - it seems to be all
letters. But really I'm very happy with the content.

My main complaint though is the over-sized and over-priced format which
I feel is unecessary - I would rather have a single bound book with
double sided printing, than an over-sized ring-binder. The ring-binder
is so stuffed with paper that it is difficult to turn the pages, and
easy to damage the pages while doing so. I draw your attention to page 7
- what a waste of trees!! I can get blank paper from my office thanks
very much.

The second ring binder of documents is fairly pointless - you can't do
anything with the (paper) documents aside from read them, so there is
not much need to have them - I would rather have a few pages in the
first book that explains what the documents are - maybe it could have
thumbnail pictures of the pages with descriptions and the file name of
the document on the CD.

Also, all the documents in folder 2 are out of date - there are
frequent references to 1999 and web technologies that were around then -
surely you should have updated them - for appearances sake if not
anything else.

Yes it was delivered very fast.


Dr Stuart Young,       +64 (0)9-815 4321 Ex 8656
<syoung at unitec.ac.nz>     
Lecturer, School of Computing and Information Technology,
Unitec New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand
I would provide a URL for my official staffpage, but its too long and

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