The Genus Lachenalia - a new book

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 19:14:44 PDT
Leaving aside unknown differences in color layout and other details, here
are two Kew books for comparison:

The Genus Cypripedium (1997) 39.95, Timber Press-- 301 pp.
Slipper Orchids of Vietnam (2003) 49.95 Timber Press-- 308 pp.

These books have only gone up in value.

A comparable book today might cost 59.95. If this price were doubled for a
book of 600 pp. then the price might be around 120.00. How does the price
more than treble to 200.00? Currency devaluation? How is that a "fair"

On 28 March 2012 19:09, Matt Mattus <> wrote:

> I think the cost of this book is fair, given the print run ( most likely
> less than 5000), and the impressive page count of 600+, nearly three times
> that of other Kew monographs. This will be thicker than a bible.  We all
> complain that printing is going away, yet we also complain when books of
> high quality are offered too.
> We should support Kew, and encourage the high quality printing and
> information they provide.
> If not, we can wait for the digital copy, which will surely be offered for
> much less - remember, as of last month, there are now more digital books
> sold on Amazon than printed books.
> Matt Mattus
> Lachenalia freak
> Massachusetts
> Zone 10

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