I agree with Charles Halton’s sarcasm here. Too bad Karyn Traphagen’s review wasn’t originally posted on groundhog day.
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Speaking of an overdose on one kind of literary topic, it is soooooooo frustrating to constantly be running into such a shortage of other literary topics out there. I cant find a single copy to buy of Zevitts Matres Lectionis anywhere, and right now to obtain a copy of Mullens The Divine Council itd cost about as much as a used car!
As a scholar, would you happen to know where an average economically-effected person (such as myself) could find an affordable used copy (aside from Amazon, et al) of Mullens The Divine Council in C&EHL? Or, is there a digital archive somewhere online where someone could access his Dissertation, perhaps?
Ive been able to access 2 Th.M. dissertations and 3 thoughtful long articles on the topic online, aside from your free website and (very cheap!) Ph.D. materials. This does great service to the laymen whom the scholars should be serving (not themselves), and why I love series such as the Anchor Bible. At least Yale got themselves a heart and put the series into reprint. What is with so many other wonderful works just appearing, then disappearing, leaving scant traces of used copies usually with an unconscionable price attached?
When I search for used books, I use two sites: http://www.abebooks.com and http://www.bookfinder.com. For dissertations, you need to be near a college or university library that subscribes to Dissertation Abstracts or Proquest/UMI Dissertation database. You can find the latter online, but they only let you search for recent dissertations. You need the full database, through which you can buy dissertations (but they are not all on PDF – older ones may not be available). But they are expensive when available.
I don’t really understand the “publishing model” of some publishers either. It is hard to see how they justify asking $150-$200 for a book when they sell primarily to libraries (and so their costs are met the day something goes public). They don’t need to price things like that for the individual consumer. The only “explanation” is that they cast themselves as a prestige publisher for the academy.