Talk About Increase!

I just looked at my Amazon shopping cart and saw the following:

Talk about increase!  This book went up nearly $50!

B”H

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13 thoughts on “Talk About Increase!

  1. Esteban: My sentiments exactly! I should have gotten it while it was cheap and I had the chance! It appears that now T&T Clark has the rights to it which I guess accounts for the increase in price.

  2. Kevin: Ya know, I once defended T&T Clark for not being too expensive, but I now see that I was just confused. I’d love to grab a copy from Holy Cross right now but I’m afraid I just don’t have it in the budget. God willing I’ll be able to get it at the good price in a month or two when I have a few extra duckets.

  3. Well, I think you were right to defend them as you did. A while ago, they weren’t quite so bad. I used to buy them quite a lot and not think twice. I think it was around 2005 or so that their prices just suddenly shot up. I remember they were slightly more expensive than “normal” books before that, so it was bearable, but it wasn’t like now at all.

    What’s a twist of the stilletto is that with libraries cutting back on budgets, these publishers are slitting their own throats with the high prices. The libraries don’t have the money either, so the books are simply not being bought, so the prices go up more, and… return to Home and start the game over. Library funds are always funnelled toward the increasing online and serial expenses; monographs are the red-headed stepchild of the library budget.

    Brill is at least consistent. When I was an undergrad, at one point working three jobs to keep my head above water while taking a full load, I would save and read all the Brill catalogues that came in at one of my jobs (in the main campus library), wishing I could afford even just one of their books! Years later I grew up and bought a few. Nice! Not quite a Cinderella story, but still a very satisfying check mark on the To Do list!

  4. Many of Continuum’s books (the parent company of T&T) are reasonable; others are priced for the “library market.” But the problem is afflicting all sorts of publishers — Oxford and Cambridge have been pricing a number books at very high prices. I chewed out a representative of of Cambridge University Press (who was hoping to receive a book proposal from me) for pricing The Origin of the Species at $115 list. I hardly need remind you that Origin of the Species is in the [expletive-deleted] public domain!

    However, I still thinks that overall, books are incredibly cheap compared to there entertainment value — they are much more cost effective per unit of time spent than DVDs or CDs or movies or video games or travel — they are much cheaper than tuition at a school.

  5. Kevin: I never considered that library budgets were being geared more towards online stuff. One would think that books would become cheaper as a result of that but I guess the even more limited print runs just drive the prices up. Once upon a time James Spinti explained to me how it all works but I have since forgotten.

    I envy your being able to actually purchase Brill titles! I’ve never bought one but they’ve been nice enough to send a few for free!

    Theophrastus: $115?!! That is ridiculous!!! I think academic publishers (as opposed to more popular publishers like Eerdmans, Baker, or IVP who publish a lot of academic titles) are overpriced. One thing I’ve come to learn is that with some of the foreign publishing houses like Mohr Siebeck, Brill, and Walter de Gruyter you really do get a quality book in terms of the physical book. The binding and covers on these things (even the paperbacks!) is exquisite and almost justifies the price.

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