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Old 12-04-2006, 09:42 AM   #1
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I have been influenced in my understanding of language by a number of books from the 19th century. Three of them have but one or two copies in American libraries, and believe it or not, they mailed them to me, and I photocopied them, which are in plastic bags in the shed.

One never knows what can happen until one pokes around a bit. A couple weeks ago I sent an e-mail to a highly reputable Greek scholar, that said nothing more than thank you for his last book. I thought it was dumb, but it was what I felt. So he sent me copies of all the chapters of his next book to be released. Life is interesting.

Anyhow, about 10 years ago, a certain book in the reserved section of a library I don't like to visit influenced me somewhat on an issue of historical drama, and I always thought I wanted to look at it more. It was copyrighted in 1895. So a few weeks ago, I find a 1916 printing of it for $1. I started having a lot of fun with it, but on getting some coffee, I see as it sets in the bookholder, that the outside edges of the paper are disgusting. They're dirty. Now what do I do? Where do I even put the book?

I wonder, just how long would it take to scan those books in the shed into the computer. That might be a better way to look at them. They're maybe 300-400 pages. But this other book is like 1,600 pages. All of it sounds like too big of a job.

But if I did scan them into a computer, then what I should do is put them on the web for everyone's benefit. If I wanted to make some money, I could probably charge something, but that wouldn't be nice.

Then again, maybe somebody has already done this type thing for rare books, or maybe there is an easy way to do the scanning. My scanner works something like a photocopier that creates a file in a directory. It's a process.

I have to think about this now because it's Monday.

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So a few weeks ago, I find a 1916 printing of it for $1. I started having a lot of fun with it, but on getting some coffee, I see as it sets in the bookholder, that the outside edges of the paper are disgusting. They're dirty. Now what do I do? Where do I even put the book?
Have you searched for the title on ABEbooks? They may well turn up another copy, for maybe three or four dollars — one that you feel comfortable handling.

Dangerous place, ABE (just fair warning). It represents thousands of used book dealers all over the world.

   
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<< Dangerous place, ABE .... >>

How right you are! I just did a search on my father's name and it came up with 150 listings of which only 4 were not by him and three of those were translations into French by my ex-wife <g>

It was interesting to see an edition I did not know about, a reprint by a publisher who went out of business, and also to see the high price being asked for a copy of his autobiography of his youth because it includes the dustcover designed by Ben Nicholson. We always wondered what happened to the original printers artwork for that <g>

   
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How right you are! I just did a search on my father's name and it came up with 150 listings of which only 4 were not by him and three of those were translations into French by my ex-wife <g>

It was interesting to see an edition I did not know about, a reprint by a publisher who went out of business, and also to see the high price being asked for a copy of his autobiography of his youth because it includes the dustcover designed by Ben Nicholson. We always wondered what happened to the original printers artwork for that <g>
My goodness — had no idea!

Yeah, have to watch yourself at ABE. All sorts of things become possible (at a price, often a great price!) Some of them are bargains, though.

   
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Yeah, have to watch yourself at ABE. All sorts of things become possible (at a price, often a great price!) Some of them are bargains, though.
Some of the prices are insultingly low <g> I may just take up the insult.

   
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Hugh,

It's interesting to do a web search on a site or person with a lesser used engine. A number of times I've found my site on a product page of a catalogue site. What I write is supposed to be free, until I decide otherwise. Not that I complained. I also have found other type links to my site that the most popular engines don't show. Every once in awhile I'll try one of the other engines, and often I find something, but it depends on the search word.

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Yes, every now and again I do one on the family name. My younger son swamps the rest of us these days since he heads up a UK Govenment service.

Mine amuses me since most of them are references to a Zurich site with archives of the Compuserve Thinkpad Forum from way back!

   
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Mine amuses me....
Well, not long ago I had an interesting experience, and I don't know if I should be amused. But I found two sites come up with a link to mine, one was a pornography site, and the other a gambling site. What on earth are they linking to me for?? One needed a pass word to get in, and the other just had me waiting too long to come up. So, I decided to just forget about it. One never really knows what will come of it.

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Well, not long ago I had an interesting experience, and I don't know if I should be amused. But I found two sites come up with a link to mine, one was a pornography site, and the other a gambling site. What on earth are they linking to me for?? One needed a pass word to get in, and the other just had me waiting too long to come up. So, I decided to just forget about it. One never really knows what will come of it.
Did you find sites - or references in your server log? If the latter, that's called referrer spam: spammers fake a reference from a spammed site, hoping a site will put up a list with referrer links - those sites do not actually link to you. Because of that practice, lists of referrer links gone out of fashion, but some bloggers still do. And Google et al came up with the rel="nofollow" attribute for the same reason.

   
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Did you find sites
Yes, sites.

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