Archive for May, 2011

“A Grammar of Modern Indo-European, Third Edition”: Price Policy Change, New File Formarts and Automatic Translations

Because of some complaints about the high price of the new printed edition of A Grammar of Modern Indo-European, we have reduced it to the minimum possible for sales in Amazon, as some of you have already noticed, judging from the increase in sales.

The previous price was necessary to include CreateSpace’s traditional distribution service, as already explained, but we have to agree that a 50% increase in price is excessive for a ‘service’ whose conditions and benefits remain mostly unknown to us (and to most publishers in Europe).

Consequently, we will strive to do the promotion and traditional distribution job ourselves, although it will probably remain a book for online sale, because of its continuously developing nature.

Apart from that, we are still adding new formats to read and download this new edition of the grammar: the MOBI format for Kindle and other reading devices is already available, and we are going to release CHM files for download, WebHelp and FlashHelp for online reading soon.

Also, automatic translations of the book will be made available, depending on the time we can dedicate to the task of translating and publishing the translations in different formats.

In the near future, apart from the planned short learning course and the Modern Indo-European syntax, it is also planned to develop a comprehensive dictionary-translator with all available information from the Proto-Indo-European lexicon, and with automatic translations from other languages.

Your Indo-European Team

Publication of A Grammar of Modern Indo-European, Third Edition, and changes to server and websites

A Grammar of Modern Indo-European, Third Edition, has been published.

After rejecting the first proof from Amazon’s print-on-demand company CreateSpace, the second proof arrived today and it was just fine. The margins remain maybe small for an ideal professional publication, but we deem it useless to fight against a sort of ‘burocracy’ for small publishers, and it would mean more weeks (if not months) to have a book with the margins exactly as pre-defined… For those of you who bought the Second Edition, it shows a slight improvement in margins, though.

EDIT (12 May 2010): We have added Facebook and Twitter buttons to recommend the grammar.

All sales channels available have been selected, including libraries and traditional distribution, and because of that the prize is slightly higher.

Information on the new features of version 5.0 are on the (from now on) official Indo-European Grammar and Dictionary’s blog.

On a different matter, we had to move information from one server to another, and something went wrong; because of that, some files were lost, and some websites have been adapted to the available files. Errors might appear from time to time, until everything is fixed.

Taking this event as an opportunity to improve, a simplification trend has begun, for the websites to have only the latest and most interesting information on the project.

On the Assimil-like course, given the latest unfavorable events and other compromises, it will probably have to wait months, like the specific syntax, planned for the end of the summer.

Enjoy the grammar!

Your Indo-European Team.