Tuesday, August 04, 2015

“Brill MyBook”: Print-on-Demand from Brill

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I have just returned from the SNTS 70th annual conference in Amsterdam, where we had lots of good presentations. I might report on them later on. As usual, a number of publishers exhibit their books and even with conference discount, some of the books are extremely expensive for a private person. We have discussed this problem before on this blog (e.g., here, when Royse’s book was offered for $369). The main target group, at least for hardback and e-books from these publishers are institutions and libraries, although they now tend to offer a cheaper paperback at a later point.

At the meeting, I noted that one of the publishers, Brill (based in Leiden), has launched a program called “Brill MyBook,” which gives users with access to a Brill E-book the option to purchase a print-on-demand paperback copy of books of their choice. So, if a student or scholar is affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the Brill platform, then they will have access to the MyBook option – they can order a personal copy – for the title acquired by their library. MyBook has a fixed price of €25/$25 per copy. Apparently, this program was launched last year, but I was not aware of it.

More information at brill.com/mybook

Please share your experiences of this program in the comments.

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  1. I remember stumbling on this program last year and being disappointed to find that most of the books available were ones I was not particularly interested in. None of the volumes in NTTSD are available, for example. But if they were, I'm sure I would buy them at 25.00.

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  2. They are available now. Roth on Marcion; Elliott's Bibliography; Leonard on Codex Schoyen; Smith on Alexandrinus etc. Of course you can get them as a download for free.

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  3. Downloading (free) books can be a bit addictive.

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    1. So how many hard copy and downloaded books do you own Pete?

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    2. Four more than I did a couple of hours ago.
      Gathercole on Gospel of Thomas
      Roth on Marcion
      The DSS Handbook
      Linebaugh on Romans

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    3. Your hard drive is probably pretty close to full, in addition to an overful hard copy collection in your office...

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    4. And you promised to help me move all the books out of my office!!

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    5. I've done so in the past, and will do so again ... after the Ashes?

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  4. I've just received my hard copy of Dieter Roth's Text of Marcion's Gospel through this program. Besides a different cover and being paperback, the printing itself is noticeably not as sharp as the hardback. But probably most wouldn't even notice. For €25, I would say it's a great deal.

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