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Re: Re: Re: Re: Happy Birthday Mathematica!
Fair enough! Andrzej Kozlowski wrote: > I certianly have no objection to the existence of a printed version of > "The Mathematica Book", even if it is 11000 pages long. What is > important to me (since I definitely have no use for such a > monstrosity) is that I should not be required to subsidize other > people's preferences in this respect. I may of course be wrong, but > judging by the posts in the MathGroup, I doubt many people would wish > to pay for such a book (it certainly won't be free) if they had a > choice. In view of that, I don't think it would be a very wise of WRI > to print a large number of copies and hope that enough buyers will > be found later. The only sensible approach would be to allow those who > want a printed copy to custom order it, and pay for the full cost of > printing, binding and sending themselves. Given that an electronic > version already exists I can see no great problems in making suitable > arrangements right away; in fact WRI could even sell license the right > to print "The Mathematica Book" on demand basis to Kinko's. This seems > to me an ideal solution to which I can't see how anyone could object. -- Murray Eisenberg murray at math.umass.edu Mathematics & Statistics Dept. Lederle Graduate Research Tower phone 413 549-1020 (H) University of Massachusetts 413 545-2859 (W) 710 North Pleasant Street fax 413 545-1801 Amherst, MA 01003-9305