medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

Yes -- without turning this into an off-topic series of observations,  
it is important to accept the fact that some publishers with less  
exalted reputations publish some gems, and that some much-worshipped  
publishers allow their glory to mask the fact that some of their  
products are clearly unworthy. Despite the codicologist in me (or  
because of it?), it's always a good thing to judge a work by its  
contents, not by its cover or its particular imprimatur.


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On 17 Oct 2007, at 17:19, Megan McLaughlin wrote:

> I hold no brief for the Edwin Mellen press--but list members should  
> be aware that they do occasionally publish quite good books--Anne  
> Barstow's book on Married Priests and the Reforming Papacy, for  
> example.  So don't just write everything off.  Best, Megan
>> At the risk of doing just that, I could add that I have always  
>> been perplexed by the business model of the Edwin Mellen Press.  
>> They go out of their way to say that the are *not* a Vanity Press,  
>> which only reinforces the point that everyone thinks that they  
>> are!  I suppose they survive by producing cheaply, and selling  
>> expensively to academic libraries. There is a suspicion that they  
>> publish books that no-one else will.
>> John Briggs

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