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Re: theos-talk Re: Comments on reviews of theosophical books

Jan 12, 2011 06:59 AM
by MKR

Thanks for your feedback.

For the theosophical organizations, it is a simple question how to publish
theosophical books which will mostly be read by theosophists and at the same
time make them available to the world-wide audience, especially in countries
outside the West.

I would let the movers and shakers address this issue and let us see how
things develop. In any case, pricey books meet with easy scanning
capabilities, it would be interesting to see how things take shape.


On Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 4:03 AM, email2cal <> wrote:

> Dear Ramadoss,
> I don't quite understand what feasible alternatives to profit-based
> book publishing you have in mind. What I understood suggests that
> your proposal is not a sustainable business model (scanning
> copyrighted books to PDF files is good for personal use only). And
> let's not forget that many good spiritual books would not written in
> the first place if their authors did not hope to make money and make
> a living.
> Max
> --- In <>, MKR
> <mkr777@...> wrote:
> >
> > When browsing the reviews of some of the recent well known theosophical
> > books like the SD Commentary and Reflections on an Ageless Wisdom (ML to
> > APS), most of the reviewers have done an excellent job. As we all know
> these
> > recent books are pricey for the average ÃâËpoorÃââ theosophist especially
> in non
> > Western Countries.
> >
> > None of the reviews I have come across about the above books have brought
> > out the critical issue of making them widely accessible to theosophists
> > around the world. Today, any book can be instantaneously distributed at
> no
> > cost around the world using Internet and it costs nothing to create a pdf
> > file.
> >
> > One wonders if there is no mention about the cost of these books in the
> > reviews, is it likely that the reviewers are not sensitized to the price
> and
> > distribution issues since they do not pay for it and do receive a free
> > copies.
> >
> > Books like the above are almost exclusively read by theosophists and
> hence
> > the logic that applies to other books published for general audience is
> not
> > at all relevant. Unless the cost issue is addressed quickly, we will see
> the
> > same fate as pricy utility software faced in the past as cheap high speed
> > scanners have changed the technological landscape in the world.
> >
> > Godspeed for making books available in pdf files.
> >
> > MKR
> >
> >
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> >

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