Just FYI, the entry deadline for the SharedBook Open API Challenge, a Web development contest that is open to all programming languages, has been extended to Oct. 31. In addition, all participants are now eligible to receive a 10 percent share of any books sold as a result of their development efforts, with a 20 percent share available to the winners in each category (resulting from their development).
Here's a quick overview:
Using SharedBook's API, developers can flow content from any Web site – archived materials, database content, photographs and user-generated content, among other items – into a structured book product that can be purchased immediately, or personalized further.
The SharedBook Open API Challenge will award the best extensions from third party applications to SharedBook in three categories: 1) social networking, 2) photo sharing, and 3) desktop applications or collaborative online communities.
Base pricing for the API books is set at $19.95 for softcover and $27.95 for hardcover. Therefore, the winning developers will receive a minimum of $3.99 each time a book sells as a result of their development. Winners will also receive their choice of an OpenMoko Neo 1973 mobile phone, an 8GB iPhone™ or $500.