[Dixielandjazz] Musical Quote

Charles Suhor csuhor at zebra.net
Thu Mar 24 00:30:32 PST 2005

On Mar 23, 2005, at 11:09 PM, Fred Spencer wrote:

> I am surprised that you are allowed to sell your book directly at a 
> reduced price. My understanding was that academic presses do not do 
> this. Certainly The University Press of Mississippi doesn't allow me 
> to rerduce the $35.00 price of my book, "Jazz and Death. Medical 
> Proflies of Jazz Greats", nor did the University of North Carolina 
> Press with a medical book I co-authored.
> As for reviews, I edited a medical journal and reviewed many books, 
> some with reserve, but any quotes I remember seeing by an author from 
> these reviews were, naturally, favorable even if I had not been too 
> benevolent.

Fred, my contract with Scarecrow allows me to purchase books very 
cheaply for giveaway, which I did for family and a few close friends. I 
get a less-reduced price for personal re-sale books (not at bookstore 
signings). I sell at a break-even level because I can afford to and I 
want the ideas to be in circulation. Books that I buy don't draw 
royalties, so I'm guessing that the publisher doesn't lose out, 
depending on their unit cost. Re positive quotes from reviews, some of 
the reviewers I cited had particular criticisms or reservations but the 
quotes didn't distort. I think it's fine to pull the best bites from 
basically favorable reviews but unethical to cite a benevolent line 
from a negative review. Congrats on your books and kudos thereon.

Charlie Suhor

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