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Re: Hathi Orphans?
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- Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 19:16:06 EDT
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Thank you, David. And thank you, Sandy, for expressing so overtly, openly, single- and simple-mindedly that the quest for returns trumps everything else in life. Sorry, but I believe there are other values in life, especially when it comes to means of communication among human beings. And Joe Esposito has also sweetly (!!!) reminded us that for him (or at least for publishers as he portrays them), value is exclusively linked to market demands. In this perspective, the value of a book is its economic value. Period! It is true that print has transformed documents into merchandise, into goods; that does not mean that other forms of value are not present. Henry James' novels were sold less and less as he grew older. By Joe Esposito's criterion, Henry James' novels were worth nothing or little more than nothing for a while before coming back to some (moderate) level of (commercial) value more recently. And it demonstrates neatly what happens when publishers are given the first role in the circulation of texts, and other types of documents. They tend to judge everything in economic terms, tend to give primacy to markets, tend to practice market fundamentalism or fetishism, as if economics were the fundamental science of humanity. Jean-Claude Guedon