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  •  I had as well.. (5+ / 0-)

    But probably because I own a copy of the book and have cited it! :)

    I am not really following the argument here though to be honest. I think supporting non profit booksellers are a good thing, and particularly those which specialize in multicultural women's studies. As an academic myself, I don't particularly care about how large a press is; I'm very, very used to exceedingly small publishing houses which cater to select markets and which definitely are often carried by only a few books. Many of the finest works, as you would know, are smaller.

    But what really confuses me is that this entire argument came to my attention on an academic listserv and it is being productively backed by others. Maybe it's a 2nd Wave vs. 3rd Wave Feminist thing? Maybe it's a Poststructuralist pique? It's hard to say.

    •  strange arguments between academics (1+ / 0-)
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      sounds pretty greedy to me. Now donating double, because the conversation about supporting a small book publisher with a donation has imo no place here after a diary so informative. Not being an academic the book is now on my "to buy and read" list.

      Thanks mahakali overdrive.

      •  LOL @"greedy" (0+ / 0-)

        I have no horse in this race.  I just don't think any publisher who has to beg for donations is long for this world, and I'm far more interested in the survival of the book--because it's much, much more important--than the survival of a publishing house that apparently can't keep itself in business.

        •  The more I read your comments (0+ / 0-)

          the more I'm amazed at the nastiness of the tone.  Auntie Lute is an historic feminist press, despite the fact that you haven't heard of it.  Transferring the literary assets of feminist presses to big publishers like Routledge is a tragedy, because Routledge doesn't give a damn what it publishes, as long as it sells.   The booklist of a feminist press, however, reflects a long process of selection -- and even shaping -- of the fields in which you claim expertise. Small press publishing is a labor of love, and many of the small presses from which feminist classics were issued are still doing the work of finding fabulous new writers today -- writers Routledge, wouldn't take a chance on.

          But then, if "business" is your model, all the radical presses are going to seem contemptible to you.

          All it takes to keep a book alive is to render it in electronic format and upload it.  We don't need to give money to Routledge to do that.  Contrary to your assertion, books can now easily survive.  It's presses that are hurting.  And that's a tragedy because it's the small press editors who are willing to work with unknown writers, on books they don't expect to  be best-sellers , and who facilitate the creation of rich literatures in fields that are marginal... or still waiting to be born. Sure, I buy books to support writers... but I am even more enthusiastic about supporting the presses who I depend on to supply me with writers who aren't cardboard commercial cutouts....

          "If you fake the funk, your nose will grow." -- Bootsy Collins

          by hepshiba on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 02:09:49 PM PDT

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      •  I wound up asking about this train of commentary (0+ / 0-)

        because I was confused. I asked a few people on the listserv I'm on why it would be opposed. They couldn't think of any reason other than mass support of big box-type Capitalism. Most said the argument didn't make sense to them either!

        Thank you for donating, Mimi. That's awesome. When I first wrote this, I wasn't even thinking much about the publisher. I was just thinking about the book. However, this conversation has really pushed me to think more about the value of this sort of support as well.

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