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Re: Theos-World Internet files, etc. versus Printed Material

Nov 25, 2008 11:55 AM
by Theo Paijmans

As a published author, here's the downside on all this freeloading. 
Research into arcane and esoteric topics, often of very high 
scholarship,  mostly comes from outside academia. Meaning: authors and 
researchers who pay for the expenses, time and effort of their 
endeavours themselves, instead of relying on grants, funds and stipends 
to cover the costs.

Have you any idea just how much research costs in these so-called 
'enlightened times'? From personal experience I know that precisely 
those files or documents that we search, are not always automatically 
stored in the right and easily accessible archives. It costs time, and 
money too, to trace and access these important historical source materials.

Then one writes a paper or a book. It may take years, years of hard 
labour, of study and contemplation, with little monetary award. So one  
gradually lives in ever more sober circumstances, almost like a monk. 
Clothes, food, commodities as tv and radio, mobile phones, these are 
commodities on which is saved.

Then the day arrives. The book is published. The writer has poured his 
or her heart into it. Every droplet of sweat and every ounce of toil. 
The writer sits back and awaits the response. At least, the courtesy of 
people actually buying the book because the writer hopes that they are 
as interested in and passionate about the subject as he or she is.

And while they did not write the book themselves, the writer did it for 
them, and they in return support the writer. I know of many excellent 
researchers who have quit for that reason. And the above is what they 
told me as being the reason. Again, as a published author, I have 
sympathy for their feelings.


Theo wrote:

> Daniel,
> I totally agree the web is a virtual limitless cornucopia of knowledge 
> that continues to amaze me!!! Google "Books" is another amazing 
> resource. One can use it two ways. The first you use the website of 
> Google Books and can perform searches by Author Name, Title or Topic. 
> The second wonderful way is on Google Earth which one can activate by:
> 1. Initializing Google Earth
> 2. Clicking on "Gallery" in the "Layers" section on the left sidebar
> 3. Scroll down the drop down Gallery contents menu and locate "Google 
> Book Search"
> 4. Place a check mark in the empty box
> Now whenever to zoom in close on Google Earth little gold Book Icons 
> will be seen, place your cursor on an icon and the Title will appear, 
> there is also a "more" option and a link to the PDF file. Many of the 
> books are rare historic works that appear over the nation they speak 
> of. many are free to download as shown by "Download" at the top right 
> corner of the page for the Book.
> Regards,
> John
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