I received an email from World Scientific Press this morning offering a fantastic deal: for a limited time only, one can purchase a copy of Hida’s “Geometric Modular Forms and Elliptic Curves” for the low-low price of $81 US. That’s already a ridiculous price to tout as a deal, but here’s what really got me: they were also offering an e-book version of the same text. It retails regularly for $140 US but is on sale right now for $105. That’s over twenty bucks more expensive than the physical version. Is this common? Are they worried about piracy? If so, it’s a stupid way to try to stop piracy. A high e-book (or print book, even) price is only going to drive people towards piracy, not away.
January 26, 2011
World Scientific Press’s idea of a “deal”
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