Re: Book pricing - was Re: Ontario, Canada - 3 ft 6 in gauge - new book ...


As I spend a large part of my day staring at a computer monitor, I enjoy
in the evenings, sitting down in a comfortable lounge chair with a good
book. I really don't want look at a monitor for another couple of hours
reading a web book that may take many sittings to finish.

It is true that there are some very nice websites with a lot of
interesting reading. Unfortunately many that I've seen are poorly
written and full of typographical errors. Generally a book published in
hard copy has been heavily scrutinized by the editor and proof readers
before being printed. There is also something about opening a new book
for the first time, the smell of the fresh pages, the images that leap
out at you and the 'feel' of the book itself. It is a similar
experience to stroking a piece of well crafted timber furniture. On
this basis if the book is to my taste, I'll be happy pay the $120 plus
dollars and look forward to a journey through the pages of history.
Like many people who collect books I am not a millionaire, but I choose
carefully and do not mind paying good money for a quality product.

(Please accept my apologies for any grammar or spelling mistakes in the
above lines. I'll blame the Outlook spelling and grammar checker for


Bill Hanks


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Subject: Re: Re: Book pricing - was Re: [LRRSA] Ontario, Canada - 3 ft 6
in gauge - new book ...

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From: Eddie Oliver [
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Sent: 9/26/2007 10:37:28 PM
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Subject: Re: Book pricing - was Re: [LRRSA] Ontario, Canada - 3 ft 6 in
gauge - new book ...

Bill Bolton wrote:

You might want to consider that anyone can publish for next to
on the Internet if they *really* want to, but few rail
researchers/authors choose to avail themselves of that.
Exactly. And why is that so?
Actually I do just that. I have written half a dozen articles for
Wikipedia on narrow gauge railway topics, and contributed to many more.
Anybody can do it, and it is a great way to get basic material on the
topic out there. But under Wikipedia rules we still need a "reliable
source" such as books and magazine articles to refer back to. No
"original research" is allowed. Another issue is finding photos, as they
have to be copyright free. For recent photographs this means the
photographer has to give up their copyright.

There are also a number of very nice railway history websites out there,
and once again it is not difficult for anybody who wants to go that way
to do so. I myself have a website with some basic information about
subjects of interest to me.



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