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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

$85

My book will cost the insane amount of $85, both print and ebook. I’m disgusted. 

The good thing is that all the best parts are here on the blog for free. 

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9 thoughts on “$85

  1. If a book is good, I would pay $85 for it. Do you collect any royalties from sales?? You should.

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  2. i don’t know if you can share (or if you have and I missed it) but is it published by an in house (your university) or by an industry publishing house? And did you have much of a say in that or does your contract with the university stipulate who publishes and the price etc.? Very curious on how some of the process works.

    And best of luck with the sales on it!

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    • It’s published by Bucknell UP and they are an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield. I have no control over anything but the actual text and neither does Bucknell. R&L controls everything that has to do with production, promotion, sales, etc. But – and this is great – they have zero input on the text itself. Meaning, that there is no censorship on their end.

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  3. Dreidel on said:

    Do you know how the price of an “academic” book like yours is determined? Does the publisher assume limited sales because of the esoteric subject matter, and therefore set a high per-volume price in order to at least break even in recouping publication costs?

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    • “Does the publisher assume limited sales because of the esoteric subject matter, and therefore set a high per-volume price in order to at least break even in recouping publication costs?”

      • Exactly. Even though all reviewers say this is of interest to people outside the field (and it is, as evidenced by the high readership of my blog), the publishers decided to go the route of only selling it to libraries and limiting access to everybody else.

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      • “the publishers decided to go the route of only selling it to libraries and limiting access to everybody else.”

        And that’s the sort of thing that leads to public access laws…. (that is requiring academics to make their work freely available to the public).

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        • This is the kind of remedy that’s worse than the original problem. It’s ensuring that there will be no scholarship at all.

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          • “This is the kind of remedy that’s worse than the original problem”

            Yes, but it doesn’t come out of a vacuum… The academic publishing model actively adds fire to the “I could do this better!” model…. and doesn’t care to explain to the plebs why it’s necessary. Bad thinking all the way around…

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