|Re: Out of Print Classic Computer Arch & Compiler Books email@example.com (1996-07-26)|
|Re: Out of Print Classic Computer Arch & Compiler Books firstname.lastname@example.org (1996-07-27)|
|Re: Out of Print Classic Computer Arch & Compiler Books email@example.com (1996-07-28)|
|Re: Out of Print Classic Computer Arch & Compiler Books firstname.lastname@example.org (1996-07-31)|
|Re: Out of Print Classic Computer Arch & Compiler Books email@example.com (1996-07-31)|
|Re: Out of Print Classic Computer Arch & Compiler Books firstname.lastname@example.org (Henry Spencer) (1996-08-01)|
|From:||email@example.com (Henry Baker)|
|Date:||27 Jul 1996 21:19:27 -0400|
|References:||<firstname.lastname@example.org> <31F8F094.email@example.com> 96-07-189|
> [I was at one point trying to put out a series of reissued computer classics,
> and got as far as getting permissions from Wulf et al., but I couldn't find
> a publisher to do it, and it's pretty risky to do it yourself unless you have
> a whole lot of pre-pub orders, like several thousand. -John]
I have several times tried to interest publishers in some sort of a
'classic hits' of the computer world, with _no_ interest, whatsoever.
Most publishers seem to ascribe to the rock music view of the publishing
world, in which the market drops exponentially with a time constant of
about 3-6 months.
The only distribution they like better is the 'undergraduate infinite
editions' model, in which an undergraduate text like an economics text
goes through a new edition every year, thus wiping out the resale market.
(As a professor of economics once told me, the _questions_ in economics
don't change from year to year, but the _answers_ do!! :-)
I have therefore concluded that the Web is the best place for preserving
this kind of information.
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