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    Re: Two books on Sextants.
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2008 Dec 15, 09:21 -0000

    I agree with Ken's misgivings about this.
    
    The publisher's price for "Sextants at Greenwich" is all of �120 (about US$ 
    180), which seems outrageous for any 360-page book, no matter what the 
    quality. Even the pre-publication price quoted by Amazon is the same. 
    There's a publisher's offer of �96 for early-buyers from the Scientific 
    Instrument Society, which I doubt if I will take up.
    
    Prices of "academic" books always seem to be high, OUP particularly so, and 
    many previous publications stemming from Greenwich have also cost a lot. Put 
    all those factors together, and this is what we get  I deplore it, though.
    
    Presumably, it's what OUP thinks the market will bear. They can rely on a 
    limited number of assured sales, to academic libraries, museums, antique 
    dealers, and well-heeled collectors. Perhaps, when those needs have been 
    met, a paperback version will appear for the likes of us.
    
    By comparison, Bill Morris' e-book on sextants, at $25 for a download, comes 
    across as a bargain!
    
    George.
    
    contact George Huxtable, now at george@hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
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    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Ken Gebhart" 
    To: 
    Sent: Monday, December 15, 2008 3:07 AM
    Subject: [NavList 6741] Re: Two books on Sextants.
    
    
    
    It would be interesting to know why the price is set so high for a
    book which should not cost more than �15 to print, even in small
    quantities.
    
    Ken Gebhart
    On Dec 14, 2008, at 9:20 AM, George Huxtable wrote:
    
    >
    > The second work on sextants isn't out yet, but is promised for
    > February.
    > It's "Sextants at Greenwich", by W F J Morzer-Bruyns, and will be
    > published
    > by Oxford University Press, hardback, 336 pages. Willem has been
    > working at
    > Greenwich on their sextant collection for a couple of years, since
    > retiring
    > from the Amsterdam Maritime Museum. It's the biggest and best
    > collection in
    > the World, and Willem is well qualified to tackle it, describing each
    > object. I'm looking forward to its appearance, but (here's the bad
    > news) the
    > publisher's price is �120, so I may have to read it in a library.
    >
    > George.
    >
    > contact George Huxtable, now at george@hux.me.uk
    > or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    > or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    >
    >
    > >
    
    
    
    
    
    
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