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  1. #1 The crazy price of technical books 
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    Having just spent $150 on a De Gruyter published book I have to ask, why the crazy prices? I just don't understand the current business model of Springer, De Gruyter and Wiley et al where they charge so much for books of a mathematical nature. Is it the small circulation numbers or what? Ideas?


    As is often the case with technical subjects we are presented with an unfortunate choice: an explanation that is accurate but incomprehensible, or comprehensible but wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by river_rat
    Having just spent $150 on a De Gruyter published book I have to ask, why the crazy prices? I just don't understand the current business model of Springer, De Gruyter and Wiley et al where they charge so much for books of a mathematical nature. Is it the small circulation numbers or what? Ideas?
    I don't understand it either. Books that I bought years ago for $10-$15 are now going for $100-$150 and sometimes much more. Even on the used book market prices are out of sight.

    Which title is the offender this time ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by river_rat
    Having just spent $150 on a De Gruyter published book I have to ask, why the crazy prices? I just don't understand the current business model of Springer, De Gruyter and Wiley et al where they charge so much for books of a mathematical nature. Is it the small circulation numbers or what? Ideas?
    Anyway, good to see you back on the science forum. I think you vanished for a while.
    From (hopefully) a neophyte and not a crank!
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