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Who sets the price for our book and why does it vary so much?

I have written a lot of book chapters over the years, probably about 20, and have another 4 in press . I also have 3 more waiting on me to write by end of year (agh…). I have co-authored three books over the past few years (1,2,3) but other than the first book, self-published with ACD/Labs, I was not involved with setting the price. That’s probably good as it would likely be randomly changed, as would the list of authors and the number of pages!

There has been a question on this blog about whether I think the price for the most recent book is appropriate and I will discuss that when I have more time. I would say that based on the likely number of copies that will sell for this very specialized area, the size of the book and the amount of work it took us to put together (almost 2 years of work describing about 15 years of work), that this is probably a fair price…about $220 (but with price variation to be discussed below). If you consider that our single articles can be $30-35 for ONE PDF for 48 hours of access summarizing only one point in time in our research then I do think that the price is fine. Having previously “self-published” and seen how many books can be sold in that way I’d say that price is definitely appropriate considering the quality of support we have received from the publisher, RSC, and the associated costs of set-up for printing that must be taken on. Maybe self-publishing would be better nowadays  in terms of increased volume of sales, as my last experience was 10 years ago, but based on comments from people using Lulu.com (for chemistry books), sales volume is very low and for worldwide marketing to libraries a professional publisher IS necessary.

Back to the point of this blog post. Who really sets prices for a book, taking just the chemistry book I am involved with as an example? Amazon want about $220, at present, for a copy of our book. That includes a “random 7% discount” that comes from where? However, then things get interesting….

Note that the author listing order for our book is: Mikhail Elyashberg (Author), Antony Williams (Author), Kirill Blinov (Author). Now then….

Borders sell it for $424 here and change the author order to by  Antony WilliamsMikhail Elyashberg and Kirill Blinov.

BetweenReads.com.au have the price listed in Australian dollars, add the book editor as an author, change the order of the authors and add another random discount.

PowellsBooks loses two of the authors and leaves only Mikhail Elyashberg as the sole author but keeps the price as the original Amazon price, no discount.

Barnes and Noble give a 19% discount before the book is even released, not an uncommon situation of course.

In most cases the number of pages is underestimated to be 368 pages but if you consult the RSC page you will see that it is almost 500 pages and the LIST price is 146.99 UK Pounds.

Who knows where these various online book sellers get their information and how their prices get set, but clearly there are discrepencies. While this book isn’t a mainstream novel moving the basic info out to the sites should be easy. One has to assume that the various discounts are based on either the scale of the sales operation or, it seems, more random factors. All very interesting…and no resolution from me!

 

 

 

 

 

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Our book published Contemporary Computer-Assisted Approaches to Molecular Structure Elucidation

Almost two years of work, a collaboration and friendship developed over many years of my tenure at Advanced Chemistry Development (with Mikhail Elyashberg and Kirill Blinov), a story about a decade of work to develop what we believe is the world’s premier Computer Assisted Structure Elucidation software, and multiple iterations later, our book is now at the printers.

Our Book COver

Our book is “Contemporary Computer-Assisted Approaches to Molecular Structure Elucidation” and is already listed on Amazon here.

“Computer Assisted Structure Elucidation (CASE) systems are powerful software applications capable of outperforming human data interpretation in terms of both speed and reliability. They combine software algorithms with tools for molecular structure elucidation using spectroscopic data. This book describes the principles on which CASE systems are based and concisely explains the algorithmic concepts behind the programs. It puts the technique in the context of its origins and describes the challenges that have been overcome to produce modern CASE systems. It uses the authors’ software development experience to discuss the present state-of-the-art and explains how the synergistic marrying of man and machine can provide superior results. Readers will gain a firm grounding in the fundamentals of CASE, an understanding of the challenges associated with algorithms, and an appreciation of the technologies underlying NMR prediction and structure verification. Scientists who have never used CASE systems before will find all the information necessary to master this new and very effective approach. Those with some experience will benefit from details on the latest developments.”

I willingly admit I’m glad it’s over…it feels great to have it finished, great to know its at the printers and good to know that we have likely written the definitive volume in this area for the time being. Now time to let my eyes recover before getting back to writing two more volumes about NMR applied to Natural Products, to be released next year all being well!

 

 

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Publication for People Interested in Computer Assisted Structure Elucidation

Recently I took delivery of a box of reprints of a review article written with by our team of Mikhail Elyashberg (ACD/labs), Gary Martin (Schering-Plough) and myself. It was a major undertaking and took two years of work to final release. It is a >100 pages typeset article. The title is

“Computer Assisted Structure verification and elucidation tools in NMR-based structure elucidation” (doi:10.1016/j.pnmrs.2007.04.003)

The article outline is posted here.

If anyone would like a copy of the article please send me an email at antonyDOTwilliamsATchemspiderDOTcom. I will ask you to cover the costs of shipping via paypal.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2008 in Computing, Software

 

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