Mark, I recieved the same notice from Amazon.uk just the other day with a promise that they'll keep on trying to get it. Since it has gone to the printers, I doubt I'll have to wait that much longer. Certainly not until February.
>>given the commercial restrictions on this type of product,<<
What commercial restrictions? Can't say as I'm up to speed on this aspect of publishing.
There is always a trade off between competing objectives when writing and producing a book. In an ideal world, Aquitania deserves a huge, full colour hardback book with numerous foldout plans and other features, as well as all the gorgeous (and expensive) images held by museums and archival repositories around the world, yet the expense of producing such a book is not one that any publisher would appear to deem acceptable. It is, after all, necessary to make a profit for a commercial firm open to the full blast of market forces. It is also necessary to strike a balance - between human stories and technical detail; between text and pictures; between original research and older yet relevant material; between her war and peacetime service; and so on. Different people will want different things from the book. Subject to those compromises, it is hoped that RMS Aquitania: The ‘Ship Beautiful’ will do the ship’s history justice, and offer some enjoyment to everyone interested in this grand old lady.
Selected liners got the "Souvenir Number" which were ordered extra by the customers/readers.My question if anyone knows is did the shipbuilder put out books on all of the liners of that era or just a select few? Curious as I didn't find the answer looking online. Cheers all.
Thanks for the info. They must be getting rare considering what they are asking for them. But probably worth every penny from what I've seen of the contents in the books. Thanks again.Selected liners got the "Souvenir Number" which were ordered extra by the customers/readers.
Everything else was covered in the quarterly issue of the Shipbuilder.