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    Re: Fw: [?? Probable Spam] [rete] Astrolabes at Greenwich
    From: Wolfgang Köberer
    Date: 2008 Dec 15, 23:38 +0100
    Peter Fogg is right. Books like these are expensive to produce (not to print perhaps). There is a lot more work involved in getting the pictures right, in the typesetting etc. than in a run-of-the-mill novel. And it is very difficult these days to figure out how many people will buy such a specialized book. No wonder OUP thought that an excellent book like "Astrolabes at Greenwich" would sell a lot of copies and underestimated how many people would really put that much money on the counter. Even large libraries have had to cut back on purchasing so a publisher does not have a certain amount of copies sold. It's a poor show, though, to give away the rest of the print run just a few years after publication.
     
    In any case, I am sure that Willem will not get rich through this book, whatever the price will be; no one doing serious historical work ever does. 
     
    Regards,
    Wolfgang

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