10945RE: [GTh] Gathercole and Robinson
- Aug 7, 2014
I continue to be amazed by the variation in the cost of books. The cheapest price I can find for a new copy of Gathercole’s commentary would cost me $275 to get to Australia. I could save about $30 by buying a second hand copy – I was actually surprised that a book published two months ago is available second-hand! I know that it is a fairly specialist area, but I also don’t understand why there is a need to publish in hard cover in this kind of area. I have borrowed paperback copies of many specialist texts from specialist theological libraries and they seem to stand up just fine to the amount of usage they receive, and more people would buy their own if they were less expensive.
Back on June 5th, I noted the publication of Simon Gathercole's
latest Thomas book, commenting that it was pricey (which seems
to be synonymous with 'Brill'). While awaiting the expected SBL
reprint, I came across an interview with Gathercole on Thomas at
the Tyndale House site: http://tinyurl.com/gathercole
Speaking of pricey/Brill, I take note here of James Robinson's latest:
The Nag Hammadi Story: From the Discovery to the Publication.
A huge book (in 2 volumes?) of over 1200 pages, it's priced at Brill
for $500, but you can get it on Amazon for a paltry $408. Or get it
from your university library (whose budget will have to increase if
they keep buying Brill books.) I wonder if Robinson addresses
Mark Goodacre's critique of the shifting story?
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