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Roger Burton West roger at
Tue Feb 3 13:50:29 EST 2004

On Tue, Feb 03, 2004 at 01:12:11PM -0500, Erin McMullin wrote:

>not every american kid knows the words for all the varieties of citrus
>fruits on the market, but shouldn't they be given the benefit of the doubt
>on their ability to ask someone about an unfamiliar word??

Publishers aren't stupid.

Well, OK, some publishers are _very_ stupid. But the cost of preparing a
new edition of a book is not a trivial one, when the alternative is
simply to send off the extant file to be printed, and it seems to me
unlikely that they would spend the money unless they thought that they'd
gain sales as a result.

I hear a great deal about the power of the sinister school librarians'
organisations to make or break a book for children in the USA, at least 
in the commercial sense. Possibly they have demands of this sort?

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