New Dogeared Project -- Illustrations

20 Ants archetype at
Sun May 14 16:33:32 EDT 2006

This assumes that the right hand knows what the left hand is doing in 
a publishing house.

(my cynical, near-maniacal laughter ensues...)

Coming from a publishing background I can guarantee that different 
groups within different imprints within the same publisher may have 
absolutely no clue what each other is doing, even when it involves 
publishing rights, ownership, revenue, print runs, redundant 
ediitons, decisions about this stuff, etc. From the top down, most 
commercial publishers remain old-world organizations where little is 
communicated between groups and imprints and the internal struggles 
make the business seem like feudal Europe all over again.

I'm not surprised that a publisher would produce redundant editions, 
simply from not knowing what was going on.

-Michael Watson

>Why is a good question. I'm also trying to figure out why RH went to the
>trouble and expense of publishing two virtually identical illustrated
>editions at the same time.  (This happened in several instances, not just
>Green Mansions.) Would it be because they could charge more for the larger
>RH edition?
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-modlib at [mailto:owner-modlib at] On
>Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 5:50 PM
>To: modlib at
>Subject: Re: New Dogeared Project -- Illustrations
>Of Some Note-On Same Subject-
>As most of you know, we have a Random House Edition of GREEN MANSIONS that
>is in all ways the same as the Illustrated ML edition.
>However,what may not be known, is the fact,  illustrations on the ML edition
>are far superior to those of the Random House edition...why?
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Scot Kamins
>Sent: Wed, 10 May 2006 13:14:27 -0700
>To: ML ListServ
>Subject: New Dogeared Project -- Illustrations
>Based on a suggestion from member Bill DiBenedetto, another joint
>Dogeaered/Amenities project has begun.
>The Illustrations Project seeks to gather and display on Dogeaered
>all the illustrations from the Modern Library Illustrated Editions.
>Each title will have its own page. All the illustrations from that
>title will appear on the page. Clicking a link at the top of the page
>will produce a slideshow of the images one at a time.
>We have a sample page up using the illustrations from Tom Jones. To
>see this:
>1. Go to the Dogeared Home Page.
>2. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
>3. Click the doggie icon below the + sign.
>4. After you look at the images on the page, click the Slideshow button.
>We'll be making improvements as we go along.
>We haven't figured out yet how folks will eventually access the
>images, but two likely spots are from the page with all the
>illustrated edition acetates and boxes, and from the individual
>author pages.
>Your comments, suggestions, and encouragement are solicited.
>This project is extremely labor-intensive. We need folks to volunteer
>scanning in images. If you'd like to help, please let me know IN
>ADVANCE what title you'll be doing so that we don't have duplication
>of efforts.
>- Scot Kamins & Ron Holl
>"Speak your truth, even as your voice quakes."

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