Thursday, May 21, 2009

On the new Castoriadis Book

If people find it hard to find the money to buy my new book on Castoriadis(which I can fully understand - it certainly is steep), but would be willing to buy a paperback edition of it, can I suggest that you send an email to Brill telling them that you would love to buy it if it were in paperback. That way they will know there is a demand for it. I am just afraid that if no one buys the hardback because of the price they won't do a paperback edition.

9 Comments:

At 8:21 AM, Blogger John said...

I sent an email to the sales department for lack of any other appropriate address on their site. Is there anyone else I should email?

 
At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Ingerid S. said...

I guess another strategy is to ask the local library to get a copy. That way the book is sold, we get to read it and eventually it might appear in a paperback version.

 
At 1:48 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

Thanks John and Ingerid. To John, I think the sales or marketing department are probably the approriate sections. Thanks for doing that. And to Ingerid, yes, if enough libraries buy the hardback, that will achieve two things: people will have access to the book, which is the main thing (I am not in this to make money, as though that were ever a likelihood), and it may increase the possibility of a paperback in future. I actually don't know how they will decide whether to do a paperback. I just imagine that sales of the hardback and expressions of interest from the public might influence such a decision. I imagine if it could find its way onto some academics' student reading lists that would also help. Thanks again.

 
At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Ingerid S. said...

OK, I'll talk to my library. It is likely they'd take it in, there being virtually no commentary litterature on Castoriadis in English

 
At 6:20 AM, Anonymous RP said...

As soon as possible this book comes to my country, I will be buying it. Otherwise, I will have to use a website.

RP

 
At 11:18 PM, Anonymous John said...

Just out of curiosity, does your new book discuss Arendt in any way large or small?

 
At 2:01 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

No, John, I am afraid I don't discuss Arendt at all in the book. Arendt is very interesting though. Not sure how I would go about bringing her into contact with Castoriadis. I suppose through her understanding of political action and revolution.

 
At 8:00 PM, Anonymous Ingerid S. said...

Quite a few people have seen points of connection between Arendt and Castoriadis. I wrote a paper on this once, looking at how they can be seen to complement each other on the very points mentioned by Jeff. Castoriadis had the largest collection of Arendt books I have ever seen, in his library. Do you work on Arendt, John? And CC? Perhaps we could exchange papers, e.g. at www.acedemia.edu where I am a member, and some other Castoriadis scholars, too.

 
At 11:24 PM, Anonymous Ingerid S said...

There is a Norwegian philosphical journal called Agora that have urged me to write something about Castoriadis for some time, preferably a book reception. I finally found a publication of which I had something to say, namely Jeff's book. Still waiting to see whether they will print it, though. I'm afraid it's in Norwegian :-}

 

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