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#26 coopman

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Posted 13 March 2020 - 07:18 PM

Now Amazon has it as "currently unavailable".



#27 Tom Glenn

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Posted 13 March 2020 - 09:02 PM

Hard to know what to make of the price drops and low availability.  On the one hand, the drop in price suggests that it's not selling well.  But the lack of availability also suggests a short supply.  I think the business of book selling is extremely difficult these days.  Unfortunately, very few people buy paper books anymore, and prefer ebooks instead.  However, many people (myself included) would prefer to flip through a large volume such as this one physically.  A 1700 page ebook just wouldn't have the same appeal I don't think.  Then there's the issue of people not buying as many books (of any type) in general these days, largely because so much information is available on the internet for free.  This is unfortunate.  


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#28 Carl Kolchak

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Posted 13 March 2020 - 10:17 PM

I ordered mine after Pat Rochford mentioned a price drop and Lars posted the images of the books he received. The email from Amazon has an arriving date of March 25 - April 1. Now it's just wait and see.

 

Thanks Jeff for bringing it to my attention.

 

 

 



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Posted 13 March 2020 - 10:40 PM

I've had this book on preorder with Amazon since they first posted a reasonable price.   They keep announcing a ship date, tehn canceling.

 

today, I said screw it, I'll order direct from Springer, its the same price.

 

oh wait.   its PRINT ON DEMAND.   arrrrgh.   that means cheap glue-in binding, and xerox grade image quality if you're lucky.   google 'springer print on demand', and find a LOT of teed off folks.    10 years ago Springer was a quality printing house.   now, nearly *EVERYTHING* is PoD junk.

 

canceled THAT order, and went with the eBook, which if you take the EPUB version (eek, 1.4GB) and run it through Calibre (freeware), can be turned into a MOBI file  (400MB) which you can manually upload to a Android tablet with the Kindle reader, and drop in /Android/data/com.amazon.kindle/files and it will show up in the Kindle reader on the 'library tab', then once you've opened it, show up on the home tab.    Seems readable in this format, and the pictures are viewable so far.

 

I've also heard fbreader is good for EPUB but not tried.



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Posted 14 March 2020 - 12:08 AM

UPS says that my copy (ordered directly from the Springer website last week) is arriving on Wednesday the 18th. I can not attest to the quality of the printing but I had some bad experiences with "print on demand" items in the past..

I can however talk about the content of the book, as I already bought the electronic pdf version. What I can say is that BUY IT.

It's an instant classic. It just has endless content. You want to learn about endless lunar formations with high quality pictures and a a rich description? This book is for you. 

I'm attaching one page for illustration purposes. Admin, please remove if it infringes copyright.

 

 

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#31 pierce

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Posted 14 March 2020 - 12:19 AM

Robert, the author, visited my astronomy club a few months ago and gave a great talk on some of the tidbits from this then-yet-to-be-published magnum opus.



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Posted 14 March 2020 - 04:35 AM

The books are printed on normal light glossy "book-paper" and the binding is proper bookbindning, not glue-in. This are  real books, not photo copies.  smile.gif


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#33 C_Moon

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Posted 14 March 2020 - 07:00 PM

Robert Garfinkle's Starhopping book is great. I am excited to get a copy, but it is showing up as 'currently not available' on amazon now. shocked.gif



#34 Tyson M

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Posted 14 March 2020 - 09:15 PM

I want this book too.  Looks amazing- and sold out.



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Posted 14 March 2020 - 09:24 PM

I want this book too.  Looks amazing- and sold out.

 

not sold out, just Amazon can't get their act together.

https://www.springer...k/9781493916634



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Posted 14 March 2020 - 09:29 PM

not sold out, just Amazon can't get their act together.

https://www.springer...k/9781493916634

Oh it appears they offer the hardcover  as well.  Looked like just offered the ebook!

 

Thanks



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Posted 15 March 2020 - 12:01 AM

Agree with Pierce....cancelled Amazon and ordered thru Springer.



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Posted 15 March 2020 - 10:09 AM

I see that a couple of wonderful price-gouging capitalists are offering the book for $144.90 on Amazon now.

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Posted 15 March 2020 - 05:53 PM

Decided to do the ebook. Couldn’t get it to download. Anyone having similar trouble ?


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Posted 15 March 2020 - 07:00 PM

It seems like this book is jinxed.



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Posted 16 March 2020 - 12:25 PM

Decided to do the ebook. Couldn’t get it to download. Anyone having similar trouble ?


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it downloaded fine for me the other day.   the PDF is 1.1GB, the EPUB is 1.4GB, those are pretty big files, and the download took like 1/2 hour to complete.

 

it was nearly an hour after the purchase before it showed up in my 'book library' or whatever their site calls it.



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Posted 16 March 2020 - 02:22 PM

Finally got the download. OMG everything you wanted to know about the moon. Endless content. Appears well written.

Buy it

I agree with another poster. This is an instant classic.

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 04:39 PM

I received an email today that the book has shipped and delivery dates are March 25 - April 1.



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Posted 17 March 2020 - 06:24 PM

I received an email today that the book has shipped and delivery dates are March 25 - April 1.

 

I also received the same email.  Not sure where allnewbooks (the seller) is located and whether or not they ship first class or media rate, so I've no idea when to expect delivery (I don't pay much attention to Amazon's projected dates).   


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Posted 17 March 2020 - 08:08 PM

I just ordered it from "textbook deals" via abebooks. Really looking forward to receiving this. It wasn't much of a deal, but it's better than paying $144 for it.

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 08:25 PM

I just ordered it from "textbook deals" via abebooks. Really looking forward to receiving this. It wasn't much of a deal, but it's better than paying $144 for it.

Springer.com, the actual publisher, is selling it for $89.95 ...  so whats this $144 ?



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Posted 18 March 2020 - 04:05 AM

Why isn't everybody ordering it directly from the publisher (Springer)? I ordered mine last week and got my copy in the mail today. $89.



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Posted 18 March 2020 - 07:48 AM

At Amazon, it is currently listed as unavailable but a couple of secondary sellers are selling it for $144.

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 09:55 AM

Why isn't everybody ordering it directly from the publisher (Springer)? I ordered mine last week and got my copy in the mail today. $89.

For a short time Amazon (through a 3rd party seller) was selling the book set for $54.



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Posted 18 March 2020 - 03:33 PM

Reading the preface of Luna Cognita. The author discusses his collection of books and materials re the moon. He mentions his collection that is 300 LINEAR FEET !!!!!!!!!!!!!

This man is seriously interested in the moon. Fascinating historical quotes and well written prose. This is not dry and boring .
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