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#1 Inhapi

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 1205 PM

You can see it for yourself here: (spoken in English)

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=G8dzjuUJG_A

 

 


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Posted 31 August 2019 - 1912 PM

I bet I know how the Pacific in World War II got so much coverage. ;)
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I'll be interested to see what 300pp-ish Alaric Searle overview book he's happy with. If it's Armoured Warfare: A Military, Political and Global History I'll honestly be surprised, as I was disappointed with it. That book suffers from some of the same debits for which he disparages Gilbert and Cansiére.
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#3 Walter_Sobchak

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 1918 PM

I bet I know how the Pacific in World War II got so much coverage. ;)
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I'll be interested to see what 300pp-ish Alaric Searle overview book he's happy with. If it's Armoured Warfare: A Military, Political and Global History I'll honestly be surprised, as I was disappointed with it. That book suffers from some of the same debits for which he disparages Gilbert and Cansiére.

 

I'm jealous of your copy of Faint Praise. I would like a hard copy of that book but they are quite expensive.


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Posted 31 August 2019 - 1926 PM

It's a former Cuyahoga County, OH, library book that I got years ago and it actually was missing a couple pages, despite the seller's assurances in the ad. :( Luckily I found a guy on another forum who also had the book, and he was able to send me the missing pages. :) Definitely one of the sources I hold in the highest esteem.
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Posted 31 August 2019 - 1955 PM

Brutal, and should be watched by anyone with pretensions to be an author of this type of book.
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Posted 01 September 2019 - 0129 AM

What are the typical requirements for prospective authors, anyway? Are fact-checkers involved at any point in the editing process or are the authors just given carte blanche?
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#7 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 0209 AM

Its clearly patchy, particularly in intelligence matters. I was reading a Martin Middlebrook book on the Nuremberg raid, and he cited a book that came out in the 1970's citing 'evidence' the Germans had prior notice of the raid. The problem was there was not a single shred of evidence to prove the case, and even interviews with former RAF crewmen that were shot down (and grilled by German intelligence)  had not a single citation. Nobody could go back and verify his information, which probably is exactly what he intended.The book was a great commercial success I gather.

 

 I read an interesting article in After the Battle magazine on the Death of General Sikorski, where there were numerous claims in the 1960's British intelligence or the Soviets murdered him. Again, no evidence to support it, but the claims were so pervasive the Poles recently went so far as to disinter the general to give him an autopsy, and launched an investigation to see if there was any truth in it. Im not aware they ever found anything.Irony of Ironies, one of the people who aggressively investigated it back in the 1960's and cleared Churchill of any involvement was no other than David Irving....

 

We like to think misinformation and lies only grew with the internet, but its always been there.


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#8 Martin M

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 0545 AM

How much does it cost to produce a book anyway ?

 

So that no one says  " it depends "  :

 

one everyone here knows :

 

Panzer IV by Spielberger/Doyle/Jentz

- hardcover

- text and photographs

- no color photos

- ca. 300 pages

- ca DIN A4 format

 

- a problem would be photos - what do photos cost ?

 

Just price of production of 1000 units.

no marketing

no research costs

no consulting costs

no proof reading and layout

 

I guess (completely guessing) 5000.- Euros


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#9 methos

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 0559 AM

How much does it cost to produce a book anyway ?

 

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I guess (completely guessing) 5000.- Euros

 

The first google result I found puts the price at €13,700 for 1,000 books hardcover á 300 pages DIN A4.


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#10 Martin M

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 0657 AM

 

How much does it cost to produce a book anyway ?

 

[...]

 

I guess (completely guessing) 5000.- Euros

 

The first google result I found puts the price at €13,700 for 1,000 books hardcover á 300 pages DIN A4.

 

 

 

 

damm Google ..........

 

we don´t even need to talk anymore

 

 

Thank You of course for the reply !


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#11 Martin M

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 0920 AM

would you do that googelic trick again for me . . .

 

 

- soft cover

- 80 pages

- photos black and white

- 25 x 18,5 (cm) format

- 500 units


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#12 Panzermann

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 1310 PM

print on demand has certainly come a long way to reproduce photos and drawings in a good enbough quality. That has less up front costs and you even cvan offer different options for buyers like softcover, hardcover, paper qualities and other options.


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Posted 01 September 2019 - 1340 PM

Print can be outsourced in non-Western countries, but that occasionally comes at price of quality control.
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Posted 02 September 2019 - 1246 PM

It is the coloured pictures and especially any fold outs, that make books far more expensive to print.


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Posted 03 September 2019 - 1744 PM

I mainly read fiction, but the following may apply to all types. Good proofreading and good editors don't, or shouldn't, come cheap.
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