Re: Internet files, etc. versus Printed Material
Nov 25, 2008 03:18 PM
I hope all Theos-Talk readers will read and re-read your post below.
It is all true.
Someone pays a price!!!
A researcher/writer/author -- whether an independent
writer/researcher or an academic/scholar --- has to make a
living...that is, pay for food, a place to stay, etc. etc. just like
So while it is good that there is FREE material on the Internet,
someone has to pay for it, ie. pay for the research and the writing
of it, and the cost of publication either in printed form or on the
Take my own research on Madame Blavatsky....I have always done it for
the sheer love of it. Never intended to make money off of it. But
it took money to do all the research I did. Every article in my
Blavatsky Archives cost money. For example, one article was so rare
that it took me 20 years to track it down. I finally discovered it
in the British Library but only after I had to pay for lots of
microfilm, etc. So that one article probably cost me hundreds of
dollars to obtain. Of course then it had to be converted into a
webpage format -- either typed or scanned, etc. etc. That's going to
cost money to! Now anyone in the world can read the article for
Other researchers, authors, scholars, etc. do similar things and
incur all sorts of expenses....Who pays for all of that????
Oftentime people forget all of this or never even considered it.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Theo Paijmans <th.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
> researchers who pay for the expenses, time and effort of their
> endeavours themselves, instead of relying on grants, funds and
> 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
> stored in the right and easily accessible archives. It costs time,
> money too, to trace and access these important historical source
> 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
> gradually lives in ever more sober circumstances, almost like a
> Clothes, food, commodities as tv and radio, mobile phones, these
> commodities on which is saved.
> Then the day arrives. The book is published. The writer has poured
> or her heart into it. Every droplet of sweat and every ounce of
> The writer sits back and awaits the response. At least, the
> people actually buying the book because the writer hopes that they
> 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
> them, and they in return support the writer. I know of many
> researchers who have quit for that reason. And the above is what
> told me as being the reason. Again, as a published author, I have
> sympathy for their feelings.
> Augoeides-222@... wrote:
> > Daniel,
> > I totally agree the web is a virtual limitless cornucopia of
> > that continues to amaze me!!! Google "Books" is another amazing
> > resource. One can use it two ways. The first you use the website
> > Google Books and can perform searches by Author Name, Title or
> > The second wonderful way is on Google Earth which one can
> > 1. Initializing Google Earth
> > 2. Clicking on "Gallery" in the "Layers" section on the left
> > 3. Scroll down the drop down Gallery contents menu and
> > Book Search"
> > 4. Place a check mark in the empty box
> > Now whenever to zoom in close on Google Earth little gold Book
> > will be seen, place your cursor on an icon and the Title will
> > there is also a "more" option and a link to the PDF file. Many of
> > books are rare historic works that appear over the nation they
> > of. many are free to download as shown by "Download" at the top
> > corner of the page for the Book.
> > Regards,
> > John
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