In a message dated 6/12/99 5:37:53 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
<< It's easy to snicker at or complain about the price of a reference book or
other piece of technical information. But I think you have to ask yourself
what would be the cost for each of us to do business if that product didn't
Charlie, what if it existed in electronic format for those who could benifit
from it. Assuming then that the cost for hard copy publications is left to
those who do not have the means to download a PDF format.
I was asking if publication cost was set by profit or by the cost of
production. Is AISC, for example, interested more in the profit generated by
the sale of publications or is the intention to make the information
available to engineers so that they can design better structures.
Constintines post seem to imply that the cost of the proceedings from a
seminar should be inflated so as to prevent engineers from simply purchasing
the documents and not attending the meetings. This, to me, seems counter
productive to what material organizations are suppose to provide the
Dennis Wish PE