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Oh, No!! It's Jefferson's Mammoth!

So all this time I've been in search of Jefferson's moose, and now I find that I'd been searching for the wrong huge mammal! Jefferson's mammoth has been unearthed, right under the soon-to-be-built Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego ... Seriously. It could only have been better and more apt if they had found the bones under the Rotunda at U VA.

Mr. Bingley (www):
That's Mr. Jefferson.
2.6.2009 1:39pm
Fidelity (mail) (www):
18.45 on Amazon today. Download the audio of your CATO talk, here.

Yeah, it actually seems to go up in price when sales start to drop, hour-to-hour; very strange ... And thanks for the pointer to the Cato audio ...DGP
2.6.2009 1:57pm
Interested Party:
A cheap but clever plug for your new book. The excerpt excites me but the thought of a hardback makes my wrists hurt.

Why do books always have to be printed first in hardback? Larger margin for profit? Printing industry ritual?

Maybe those who publish can enlighten me. Does anyone like hardbacks? It would seem to me the only people who prefer hardbacks over paperbacks are those who prefer how the book looks on their shelf to the content.

Doesnt it make sense to have the first printing run done with avid readers in mind, arent those the people who are going to run out and buy the new book?

The importance of a hardback seems lost today. People arent passing down books to A and his heirs anymore.
2.6.2009 4:43pm
BookWonk:
I would suspect trade books are indeed first published in hardcover almost solely for the profit margins. Then again, some people DO prefer jacketed books for being more durable, etc.

With regards to casebooks (and similar), the overwhelming size of many books pretty much necessitates a heavy duty binding. (and even then it's not always enough)

My personal favorite for reference/technical/etc books is a lay-flat binding (first google hit: Lay-flat). There are definite size limitations with this type of binding. For any of the techies out there, O'Reilly's early "animal" technical books were almost all a type of lay-flat they call RepKover. A few years ago O'Reilly switched to a more standard binding to save costs. This was of course followed by a large enough uproar from the o'reilly faithful that they went back to RepKover.
2.6.2009 6:34pm

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