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Quote:I can find only electronic copy via google books. It is the only way for me to have a look to the book.I have no idea why the book never been reprinted after late 1970s, making the books almost unavailable or unknown to many people.As the book is so legendary any reprint will surely become the best-selling of the decade. I can think only that the copyright issue is too complex making any new edition impossible.
Quote:Not the case. Burnham's is in print and easily available from Amazon.com.
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Quote:I have no idea why the book never been reprinted after late 1970s, making the books almost unavailable or unknown to many people.
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Quote:The $19 I paid per book included free shipping.
Quote:Michael,According to the copyright page of Burnham's Celestial Handbooks, Dover Publications did not own the copyright,
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Quote:Guys...Reading a digital copy of Burnham's Celestial Handbook is like eating a digital photograph of a nice steak. Just not the same.
Quote:I have been thinking of your willingness to do something to create a digital update to Burnham's Celestial Handbook. Perhaps developing a digital index would be something you might like to attempt. Another classic observing guide that could use an index is Chet Raymo's 365 Starry Nights. . . .Is anybody familiar with the issues (copyright and otherwise) of developing and publishing a digital file of an index for a book in print?
Quote:Michael,According to the copyright page of Burnham's Celestial Handbooks, Dover Publications did not own the copyright, Mr. Burnham did. (The original version of the handbook was self-published.) As I understand the 1976 Copyright law, because Burnham's 1966 copyright was in its first term (i.e., had not been extended yet) when he filed an extension in 1978, his copyright will last for 67 years beyond 1978 (i.e., until 2045). Mr. Burnham died in 1993. The copyright might have been part of his estate, and it would take some detective work to locate the executor of the copyright now. Perhaps Dover Publications knows who controls the copyright, but I doubt it; Dover does not need to know, because they must have had a contract with Mr. Burnham permitting them to publish the handbook.Nevertheless, I would start by sending an email to Dover asking if their contract with Mr. Burhnam gave them exclusive rights to publish the handbook in the U.S. If it did not and Dover has non-exclusive rights, then you might locate and get permission from the current executor of the Burnham estate to do an ebook publication.Best wishes and good luck on this!Bob
Quote:If you do get this off the ground I'd be interested in it, especially in the e-pub format...Love reading the hard copies, but it would be fun to take this with me to star parites etc. on my e-book (I own the "Nook" version)and much more "packing space friendly"
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Quote:I scanned my 3-volume set of BCH into 3 PDF files. They total 1.9 + Gigabytes.Each PDF is searchable, but some of the typesetting was a little crude, and the OCR routines didn't pick up everything.I do not consider this a copyright violation because It is a digital backup copy of the volumes that I purchased, and I have never sold a copy of it.I toyed with the idea of charging someone to do the same service on their volumes. Since I have to cut the pages apart to get the best scanning results, I didn't think that anyone would want to do that. However, the resulting digital media is searchable, is nice to work with, and you can look at the maps, diagrams, and text at the telescope with your laptop.I bookmarked each constellation, and their lists of double and variable stars, as well as the lists of clusters, galaxies, nebula and descriptive notes. See an example screen of a search for M 8:
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Quote:It would be a good idea, before anyone goes further, to read the copyright page in one of the books and see if it lists which rights are reserved. If electronic reproduction rights are listed, you're dead in the water.If nothing is that specific (but do watch for the phrase "including but not exclusively" or some variation on a theme) you really need to contact Dover before making anything available publicly. If I understand these things correctly, you could be considered in violation of copyright if what you are doing can be seen as preventing the sale of the copies produced by the publisher.
Quote:And hey, I'm just using an electronic version of the texts that I purchased and still own.
Quote:I would be happy to GIVE my PDF copies to Dover Press if they would make it available at a reasonable price, and if they donate a portion of the proceeds to the Robert Burnham Jr. Memorial Project:http://www.eastvalleyastronomy.org/rbjm.htm
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Quote:I said this via PM and will state this here. I think it would be helpful if in the contacts with Dover that an individual or group could show that there are people committed to paying for an electronic version. I for one am, and would commit my money to a company for a pre-order to that commitment.
Quote:...who might not be inclined to go out and purchase 1200 plus pages of paper.