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 Posted: Thu Sep 13th, 2007 02:58 am
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You pays your money and you takes your chances. There are great books, good books, ok books, and trash.

I generally look at the publisher first. If it is UNCP or LSUP or Savas Beatie, it is a must-have. Second are many other university presses. Then we get into the Oxfords, Scribners, Doubledays, etc. These guys are in it for the money and, while watching their reputations, are likely to overplay the publicity nangle. All of which is not to say that a doggone good book cannot come out of a vanity press. White Mane and Stackpole have a habit of coming out with some good stuff. I'd be a bit leery of Jones Pub out of Knoxville (spurious invention), but one of the best books on Franklin/Spring Hill yet published comes out of O'More College of Interior Design. Go figure.

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