Wednesday, March 28, 2007

SL Beginner's Guide

A Beginner's Guide to Second Life has just been released by Arche Books. It is available in paperback or as a pdf file to download, and sample chapters are available in SL as a ThincBook.
The economy within Second Life is dependent on the Linden Dollar (L$) which allows residents to buy and sell the items they have created. The Linden currency can also be traded for US dollars (USD$) via the LindeX service (run by Linden Lab with “controls” restricting volume trades). The economy is closely monitored by LL to insure stabilization of the Linden Dollar. The sinks (things that cause L$ to be disposed of) and sources (things that introduce L$ into the economy) are managed and publicly reported. LL actively watches the indicators and intervenes to prevent swinging inflation or deflation in the value of the L$. Snippet from A Beginners Guide to Second Life.

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