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Technical books – or book prices

March 30, 2006

I had some problems to translate 'Fachbuch' or 'Sachbuch', but I hope technical book will fit, for further explanation read on.

Before sports I was again, as so often in the greatest bookstore of Germany (at least as far as I know), it's a great shop and it is huge. Very huge. I had not that much time, but I intended to look over some interesting technical books about webdesign. There are masses. I liked especially Bulletproof Webdesign from Dan Cederholm (they had it in German).

There is one problem: It is expensive. Damn expensive. Exorbitant expensive. All non-fiction, technical, reference or whateveryoucallthem books are expensive. There is a huge difference between fiction paperbooks (hard covers are slightly more expensive, but it's okay too, as long as you have a soft cover version) and technical books.

I mean, you have to pay around 8 to 10 € for a usual paperbook. You have to pay 39,99 € (!!!! (I need more possibilities to mark text as very importent)) for Bulletproof Webdesign. How could that be ? Okay, there are differences. A novel or something like this is printed in black & white, except the cover, on more or less cheap paper. Usually technical book is printed on more qualitativ paper and the good ones are in color. So it costs a bit more to produce a book like this. Okay, okay, I appreciate this.

But is there any other damn difference? A writer of a novel works and writes maybe different than the (or often the writers) 'writer' of a technical book. First invents his stuff, the second is a master in his science or subject and knows enough to write a book over it. But both do practically the same. The second maybe has to find some pictures fitting to his book. But I hope you would agree in the point that the overall work of both is the same: Writting.

So there are only the costs to print all this stuff. I'm not that much into this, but I don't think, that a technical book with some colors & pictures & more qualitativ paper, but usual less pages than a simple fiction book is that much more expensive to produce. At least not four times. 

I love technical books, because the internet is the best place to learn things over computers and/or the internet. There are endless possibilities to do that. But a book is still something else. You can feel your book (hehe, and now comes the part I enjoyed most sitting in the bus and thinking over what I would write) in your hands. You can take it to the toilett when you have to shit hm … whatever. You can read it in your bed, when you should already go to sleep, because you have school tomorrow. You can slap your annoying little brother with it. You can underline importand things or write something on the border. It don't has a only frequency of about 100 Hz. You don't need any internet access nor electricity nor any hardware. You all know the advantages.

I would love to buy some very interesting technical books, not only Bulletproof Webdesign (it's only an example, there are even more expensive books out there). They are just too expensive, I can't even pay all the fiction books I would like to have. 

But I want to add something, when you (if any lonely soul came here to read that) want to donate me for nothing special in particular, there are two links at beginning of this entry (I'll add one in the about page too). Just a short hint. ;-)

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Two new books

March 24, 2006

First, The Dark Tower – The Waste Lands from Stephen King and second, Shadowmarch from Tad Williams. I couldn’t restist to buy them yesterday before I did sport. Both recommanded here, unfortunately I’ve got no time to start reading at the moment.