[Smt-talk] Jonathan Kramer's "The Time of Music"

Neil Newton nnew005 at aucklanduni.ac.nz
Tue Jul 26 16:53:45 PDT 2011

Unfortunately, because of pricing algorithms, out of print books can get
very expensive. and not because of actual demand. You can read about it


Basically, people use a program which sets the price of a book by
checking what other people are selling that book for. They might set the
program to price the book just higher than what other people are selling
it at. If there are two people selling the book, and they are both using
a similar program, you end up with a very expensive book.

I wonder if this is what is happening with some theory books, or
possibly a human version of the same problem. I have run into the same
problem as Laurel, but with Agawu's _Playing with Signs_: I can't
justify spending $300+ for it.


On Tue, 2011-07-26 at 09:53 -0400, Laurel Parsons wrote:
> Dear Colleagues,
> Years ago, theorists banded together and successfully lobbied for the
> re-issue of Lewin's GMIT, and I'm sure many of us are grateful for
> those of you who made it possible for us to have our own copies.  
> For a long time now, I have been trying to acquire a copy of Jonathan
> Kramer's "The Time of Music," but it is out of print, and the prices I
> found last night online through Amazon Marketplace and other used
> booksellers ranged from $249-444 in the US to nearly 400 pounds
> through Amazon.co.uk.  
> If anyone knows where I could acquire a more reasonably-priced copy,
> please respond privately, but I'd also like to know whether there are
> others who would be interested in convincing the publishers of the
> need for a reprint, or at least an e-book version.
> Sincerely,
> Laurel Parsons
> -- 
> Laurel Parsons, Ph.D.
> Quest University Canada
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