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20 Ants archetype at
Thu Oct 6 10:50:59 EDT 2005

The ever-contentious hemispheres of my brain were mixing the ideas of 
academic publishing and textbook publishing.

Purely-academic publishing always struggles and generally must be 
heavily-subsidized to even exist.

Textbook publishing, on the other hand, is a high-profit racket, and 
I say this from viewing it firsthand from the inside. And to John K., 
$4-5 bucks/book is mighty good for any kind of publishing. Your 
return-on-effort depends on the adoption of your book as a text (not 
likely when it's a purely-academic work) and your contract. In the 
medical or legal fields, with a contract that gives you a percentage, 
you can make a good living at it with a single book that's revised 
every other year.

-Michael Watson

At 10:41 PM 10/5/2005, you wrote:

>On Oct 5, 2005, at 8:34 PM, 20 Ants wrote:
>>Academic publishing is certainly wacky compared to commercial
>>publishing. As you can see they take a bare bones approach that
>>pushes the profit margin up.
>I think it's hilarious that you guys are using "profit" and "academic
>publishing" in the same paragraph - especially when you're talking
>about the share that goes to the author!
>- Scot kamins
>"What if this weren't a hypothetical question?"

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