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.
Where do you want me to start, Michael?quote:
>>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.
Naturally, it would be nice to produce a large, hardback, full colour history of Aquitania in the same format as the lovely Don Lynch and Ken Marschall book, Titanic: An Illustrated History. However, if a publisher does not feel that the expense would generate enough profit, then they will not want to go to those lengths.quote:
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.