Once in a while you stumble upon books that raise a lot of questions. This once again happened when I found a copy of A middle English vocabulary. Designed for use with Sisam's Fourteenth century verse and prose on Barnes and Noble. The cover shows nice snowy mountains in clouds. The clear blue sky really jumps out. A smart designer then repeated the same blue color at the bottom of the cover and wrote: "J R.R. 1892-1973 Tolkien Kenneth Sisam". It just makes you think, doesn't it? How does someone come up to write such a thing?
A middle English vocabulary reproduction
After some digging I finally found the following description written by the publisher: "This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book."
OK, so because this book was printed before 1923, and by giving a twist to the authors name, Nabu Press thinks they can just pick up a Tolkien book and photo copy it? This just does not sound right to me.
A quick search shows that Nabu Press has about 600,000 books listed on Amazon, all public domain reprints (similarly to General Books LLC, an imprint of the alleged scam publisher VDM Publishing). There's no website for Nabu Press and their books do not have any contact information. Turns out that Nabu Press is ... BiblioBazaar / BiblioLife, a company started by former BookSurge partners after they sold their Print On Demand company to Amazon. No surprise then that they print their POD books through Amazon. I'm really stunned by this found and it makes me sad. I'm a proud owner of a copy of both Fourteenth Century Verse and Prose and JRR tolkien's A Middle English Vocabulary and I treasure them. I would prefer others to make nice Print of Demand books, with a nice cover reproducing the original, and not stuff like this? What do you think?
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