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Thread #162666   Message #3941191
Posted By: Jim Carroll
03-Aug-18 - 03:03 AM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
I was looking forward to reading the books on street literature now being published and adding them to our collection, along with the earlier works by pioneers like Hindley, Shepherd, Collison and Vicinus.
Street Ballads in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and North America: The Interface between Print and Oral Traditions, edited by Steve Roud and David Atkinson, particularly interested me because of its links between broadsides and folk songs - I caught my breath when I found that a paperback copy (290pp) would cost me 39.99
Luckily, a friend gave me a pdf copy
When 'Street Literature of the Long 19th Century' hit the shops last year I found a modest sized book of 387pp would have cost me 64.99 or $148.00
pension, this is elitist literature
I decided to wait to see if that one was ever remaindered

At these prices, certainly for a pensioner like me living on a State pension, this is elitist literature.
I fully realise that the authors have no control over the prices of their works, but I suggest that they seek publishers with a more realistic approach to their pricing policy, especially considering the subject matter, which I find a little ironically whimsical, given Roud and Atkinson's description in the blurb
cheap print and street literature !!!