[OPE-L:5364] Re: 21st Century Bookworming

From: Claus Magno Germer (cmgermer@sociais.ufpr.br)
Date: Thu Apr 19 2001 - 15:56:59 EDT

Thank you Jerry, for the book-links. I would add the site of Strand in New York, to which you yourself introduced me recently.
It is 


Comradely, Claus.

Claus Germer
Departamento de Economia
Curso de Mestrado e Doutorado em 
Desenvolvimento Econômico
Universidade Federal do Parana
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80060-140 Curitiba - Parana

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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Gerald_A_Levy 
  To: ope-l@galaxy.csuchico.edu 
  Sent: Monday, April 16, 2001 9:33 AM
  Subject: [OPE-L:5345] 21st Century Bookworming

  (The following post is dedicated to Claus G)
  A  joke from a few years ago:
  Q:  Where do you find the Marxist when s/he is
        not at a demonstration or at a political meeting?
  A:  At a used bookstore, of course.
  Living in New York City, a favorite pastime of mine
  has been scrounging through dusty old bookstores.
  I often had the feeling that I was in search of
  buried treasure. When members of this list come
  to NYC, they invariably want to go to used book
  stores -- which are often unknown or very rare in 
  the area of the world that they come from.
  This is beginning to change, thanks to the Internet.
  To begin with, many long out-of-print books are
  now being published on the Net and one can 
  download those books for FREE. (Of course,
  if one wants "hard copy" then there is a cost to
  print the book).  Sometimes, with "shareware",
  the authors ask for a nominal contribution. This
  has already changed the publishing industry and
  can be expected to continue to change the way
  in which scholars conduct research.  Instead of
  going to university and public libraries, scholars
  will increasingly be doing research through their 
  own computers and the Internet. Small publishers 
  of scholarly journals could very well be adversely 
  affected by these developments -- especially given 
  the cost of those journals. Yet, many scholarly 
  journals are now being published on-line.  And, 
  of course, forums such as OPE-L, accessible
  through our WWW archives,  provide a source for 
  research for students and scholars that was 
  unavailable not so long ago.
  Most of us, though, are still "old dogs" who like
  to collect (old-style) books.  Who among us does
  not have a considerable part of their living space
  devoted to bookcases?
  Here, again, the Internet is changing how we 
  do things. 
  One can be able to look for used books or in-print
  books on sale at sites such as:
  Does anyone else have any good sites for 
  locating books which are used or on-sale?
  Of course, locating books on the Net isn't the 
  same thing, is it?  On the one hand, it is more
  socially isolating than the social event of going to
  a bookstore (this social side of book collecting is
  well known to the booksellers themselves and in
  the US at B&N there are often coffee shops
  attached to the bookstore).  On the other hand, 
  it does take less time to shop on-line, especially
  since it eliminates transportation time to the 
  bookstore, and it is available to people world-wide.
  If you look hard enough you can even find some
  bargains. Indeed, I recently bought some books 
  on-line that in years of searching I had never been
  able to locate before.  Bookworms of the 21st
  Century rejoice!
  In solidarity, Jerry

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