.. as a late addition to this thread, and as the originator of it ...

I have seen this book on sale in the (UK) high street at close on 100 (>
U$150), this last weekend.  I realise that the potential gross-sales of such
a book is not in the same league as Tom Clancy, James Herbert etc, so the
costs per book are higher, and naturally the sale price must reflect this.
I can't help it though, I believe this is another example of the Brits being
ripped off; it seems the price here in the UK is significantly over
inflated.
        I may see if I can get my employer to get one for our technical
library, but at this price I shall certainly NOT be purchasing a personal
copy.  I am sorry Frank (if you read this hallowed Midrange-L list), it
sounds like it is a good read though.

Jeff Bull.

P.S. May I suggest you send a free copy, as a Christmas gift, to Bill Gates,
just in case he can't afford a copy either ;-)

-----Original Message-----
From: Westdorp, Tom [mailto:Tom.Westdorp@StationCasinos.com]
Sent: 12 December 2001 21:09
To: midrange-l@midrange.com
Subject: RE: Frank Soltis


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I don't care if IBM benefits, *I* benefit enough to justify the price.

It's a personal decision, and YMMV as I said.  I pay $20 for a
Clancy/Brown/Coonts hard cover novel that I read and enjoy but that does not
provide a tangible benefit beyond the enjoyment.  Dr Frank's book
contributes to my job satisfaction and serves as a reference.

I'm headed for the golf course after work, carrying my TaylorMade logo golf
bag that I bought, wearing my TaylorMade logo windshirt that I bought, to
play with TaylorMade golf clubs that I paid $2500 for, to lose Nike balls.
TaylorMade subsidizes none of that and yet festoons the lot with their logos
to turn me into a walking billboard.  (actually Callaway should subsidize
that, but I digress).  It's the way of the world.

I'm not sure why you feel IBM owes you a subsidy.  Who's to say the price of
the book hasn't already been discounted by some IBM subsidy of the author,
or whatever.  It's a purchase decision, make your voice known by not buying
at that price.  Perhaps once the information is stale you can get a better
deal...

Dr Frank doesn't make an advertising message for IBM, by the way.  He just
tells the facts.  That it serves as an advertising message is a testament to
the system and its designers.

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Richter [mailto:srichter@AutoCoder.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2001 12:47 PM
To: midrange-l@midrange.com
Subject: Re: Frank Soltis



----- Original Message -----
From: "Westdorp, Tom" <Tom.Westdorp@StationCasinos.com>
>
> For those asking, it picks up the iSeries from the 400e and takes it
> forward.  It is about the iSeries from v5r1 to the future.  There's a
little
> prior r510 stuff in for historical perspective, but the how's and why's of
> the current iSeries and its direction is the meat of the book.

Tom,

So you pay $50 for an advertising msg from ibm.

I agree that his last book was worth the price and probably this book also.
But IBM benefits from us reading the book, so they should at least subsidize
it.

Steve Richter



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