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Thanks Charlie, your answer does give me a better understanding for how AISC 
spends money. 
One last questions - has AISC considered, in the long run, that there is a 
need to make some information searchable online? For example, what if an 
engineer needs information related to beams used in 1933? Is this resolved 
with a long distance phone call? Does the engineer need to purchase a 
resource? Or, is their a way or a plan to make this information available 
online as a service to the community?

In a message dated 6/14/99 8:08:34 AM Pacific Daylight Time, 
carter(--nospam--at) writes:

<< The long answer:
 Let's use SAC as an example. I'll admit it's an imperfect subject for this 
 example because their documents are distributed free of charge in the end, 
 but I have some idea of total costs, so I'll use SAC anyway.
 As I understand it, SAC is funded by FEMA to a level that's in the 
 neighborhood of $10 million, primarily to produce a design guideline on 
 steel moment frames in seismic applications for the use of the structural 
 engineering community. Assuming they spend this entire amount in doing so, 
 the development cost for this document is $10 million. Subsequently, it 
 will be printed, bound and distributed. I don't know what these costs are, 
 but I'd estimate that they will be in the neighborhood of $200,000. Even if 
 I'm way off with this number, it really isn't important for this exercise 
 because it's the relative orders of magnitude that are of interest here.
 The $10 million development cost exists whether you publish in hard copy or 
 electronically. Said another way, the only cost you're affecting when you 
 publish electronically is the $200,000 estimate above. And who knows what 
 the electronic publishing cost will be anyway. It might be nominal if you 
 just use a PDF file, but could be quite substantial if you want to do build 
 some advanced functionality into the document (i.e., have it be more than a 
 picture of the book on the screen).
 If SAC were to sell their document, they'd have to consider all these costs 
 and their end motive (service, non-profit, for-profit, etc.). Being as they 
 are FEMA funded, I guess that puts them in the service category.
 As far as AISC goes, we're non-profit. That means all of the income we have 
 (publication sales is a part of that) is loosely balanced against the cost 
 of keeping the doors open, lights on and engine humming.
 Charlie >>