When will they die? ..

Published on December 08, 2010

When will they die? ..

    This story began yesterday when, having become interested in the history of speech and music, I found in Joseph Jordan’s wonderful book “Who asked the first question?” References to Professor Stephen Miten’s book “Singing Neanderthals”. Judging by the quoted passages, this book is of great interest to me, because, apparently, Miten is the first who began to seriously consider the appearance of music as a process that has direct evolutionary significance and happened before the appearance of speech. So, I decided to read this book.

    The Internet has kindly offered to buy for some 19 bucks on Amazon . Freebie, pliz.

    No, I would gladly put out 20 bucks - but a) why do I need a paper book? b) I need it now, and not in February (and this is if our valiant mail will cope with the whole book delivery quest).

    “Maybe they are selling somewhere in electronic form?” I thought hopefully. Horseradish. Do not sell. Will manage. Indeed, EPT, how can you sell an electronic book of the 2006 edition ?!
    There is, however, another book by Miten, 1998 - “Creativity in Human Evolution and Prehistory”. Only 185 bucks .

    “So Google opened its own store!” I remembered. There is anyway!
    Yeah, wait. Twice. The book really is in googlobuksy. Here in this form:

    Offer to buy. All in the same Amazon and Barnes Noble.

    “Maybe there is somewhere in Russia, or maybe for nothing?” I thought, having seen Russian in the list of publications . Right now. In general, no one was holding, judging by the search results .

    Maybe eat on Ozone? And the truth is! The cheapest English edition in a paperback, and for only 1504 (one thousand five hundred and four) rubles ( proof )! The expected date of transfer to the delivery service is December 29! It’s a pity that they didn’t specify what year.

    Your mother, this is an academic publication! Harward University Press! Not Joan Rolling what, not Twilight. Saga". A serious scientific research, and, apparently, the first in its direction. What nonsense? Who will die of hunger if this book is sold in electronic form, I'm not saying - put in free access?

    That is, it turns out that there is nothing for some amateur enthusiasts (for example, me) to be interested in modern scientific literature. Let's get along.

    Dear copywriters. Please die as soon as possible.

    UPD . Supplement from VovixLDR
    Everyone is surprised, and here copyrights.

    The point is not that copywriters do not want to electronically distribute a book that will not bring them Big Grandmas.

    The fact is that, under the threat of a court, they also prevent those who really would like to tackle the "long tail" of scientific-yet-yet-not-very-popular literature. For example, I would not mind to slightly reward someone who scans a book released in the last century, which is little known to the general public and not sold in the nearest offline book, and puts it on the net. But there are none, because publishers have all rights, and publishers are like a dog in the manger.

    This is the real problem of copyright - not that someone asks for money in some markets, but that many markets simply do not exist thanks to copyright. And this is the guarantee that once the desire of society to share information, this very copyright with its exclusive rights will be buried.