Re: Railway Prototype Cyclopedias


I don't know the economics of "on demand" printing, but I wish more would
explore that option. The Santa Fe Society has begun selling "digital
reprints" of our of print magazines, but that is not always possible with
books since copyright and contractural considerations extend beyond just
running a copy machine.


Steve Sandifer

12027 Mulholland Drive, Meadows Place, TX 77477


From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...] On Behalf Of
Anthony Thompson
Sent: Monday, May 13, 2013 1:47 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Railway Prototype Cyclopedias

Charlie Vlk wrote:
The price for books, magazines, drawings, photographs, and railroad
artifacts have, in many cases, become ridiculous.

There is no question that authors are entitled to their copyright
protection and people are entitled to be compensated for their investment,
but the escalation in prices for many items is beyond reason.

That prices may reach points we don't wish to pay, and therefore are
"ridiculous" to US, does not make them unreasonable in any way. Stuff is
worth what someone will pay for it. You may have an old brass locomotive,
and may find it is now worth LESS than you paid for it, thirty years ago, or
it may be worth much MORE than you paid. Neither result is "ridiculous."
That said, I agree that the loss of access to information is unfortunate.
Perhaps the publishers of RP Cyc could consider electronic editions of the
issues they will not reprint. It would be a bit more revenue to them, and
information to everyone else. We are actively exploring the same approach
for Signature Press.

Tony Thompson Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 540-6538; fax, (510) 540-1937; e-mail, thompson@...
Publishers of books on railroad history

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