The osCommerce Book Store

I recently began  updating the design and function of the Parnassus Book Service website, simplifying the look and updating the code to use HTML5 and CSS3 (which will  improve its suitability for mobile devices). This has meant working through many, many individual web pages to remove the old table-based layout and replace it with block tags and classes. The site was created about ten years ago using osCommerce, an open-source…

Crowdfunding a bookstore

Crowdfunding, the use of a funding portal to raise money for a cause or a business, is now a form of investment recognized by the US government in the form of the 2012 JOBS Act and is supported through a number of funding portals including Kickstarter, AngelList, IndieGoGo and the one with my favorite name, Kapipal (it even has a Kapipalist Manifesto). The  systems are simple to use: register with…