The Author Volume 7

The Author Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...that he could get it at 2. elsewhere, the vendor at once overcame the difficulty by cutting open a few leaves of the volume, or if it chanced to be cut when published, by allowing a drop of ink to deface it--the conscientious bibliopole being able to regard it in that condition as 'second-hand, ' and therefore holding himself entitled, according to orthodox principles, to sell it at a reduced price!" The Effect Upon The Author. Mr. Chapman's contention on the ground of the public interest, was that booksellers were willing to accept less profit than was allowed by the regulations, and therefore to sell books at a cheaper rate. How vitally the author was affected by the system of distribution that prevailed, may be seen readily from the single case of Mr. Babbage's book, one of those upon which the writer based his article. The retail price, 6., on 3052 copies, produced 915 12s. Of this sum 266 a. nd. was paid for printing, paper, and taxes on paper and advertisements; 61 o. 1 0d. was the publisher's commission; and the author received 283 6. nd., thus leaving the enormous sum of 305 3. 4rf. to be divided among the wholesale and retail booksellers. The booksellers therefore received 21 16. 5rf. more for distributing it than the author received for writing it! The Times On The Controversy. The facts of the dispute were placed before the readers of the Times, which immediately followed up Mr. Chapman's article. The great journal could not discover any valid reason for "this anomalous interference with the free course of competition and the natural operation of trade," and did not hesitate to call the methods of the publishers "an organised system of coercion." It had been argued in...show more

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  • Paperback | 204 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236601068
  • 9781236601063