[OS X TeX] Why does this hang so = [OT] electronic books

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Wed Oct 28 00:15:09 CET 2009

On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 6:46 PM, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com> wrote:
> I guess I interpret the statement as referring to the writing of the book
> rather than the typesetting.
> When I was going to graduate school (quite a bit before TeX was around) I
> understood that books that contained maths were expensive because they
> required specially trained typesetting talent. Now that there is software
> that allows for the author typesetting the maths with no special typesetting
> talent necessary I no longer understand why books are so expensive.

In Soviet Union mathematical books (actually all books) were dirty
cheap no matter if they were original Russian or translated. However
they were printed only once; then typeset was dissembled and reused so
book became instantly out of print. Number of copies printed in one
shot was large albeit not infinite and as book were never reprinted
(except textbooks) at some moment there was no more some title in
normal bookstores in normal large cities and one could find it either
in `bookinist' (second hand books) stores or in really small towns
where they were brought when printed and never found any buyer.
Getting in small towns I always visited bookstore(s) there


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Victor Ivrii, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto

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