Bookshops & Other Presses
Warning: There's a rather disturbing story in the news today (12 viii 99) concerning Amazon. A researcher for the
Wiesenthal Institute in Germany ordered Nazi material (I think it was "Mein Kampf") from Amazon. Such material is illegal in
Germany, but Amazon sent it anyway. The worrying thing, though, is that Amazon then e-mailed the researcher wth a follow-up: "if
you enjoyed this book, you might be interested in the following..." The recommended material was more Nazi & U.S. ne-Nazi
material. My e-mail to Amazon asking for clarification was answered with the usual customer-relations guff, but boiled down to the
simple statement that they hadn't actually broken any laws, and amyway they were only in it for the money, so why was I bothering them
with this stuff about morality? I'll not be using Amazon, and I'd recommend that you didn't either.
The publishers of my own first book, so how could I not include them here?
"maintained [by Lynn DeWeese-Parkinson] for the benefit of sellers and/or collectors of rare, out-of-print, scarce books in all
subject areas. Our subscribers include librarians, students, scholars, and book lovers of all kinds. Participants will find books
offered from a few dollars to many thousands of dollars." An e-mail list, plus on-line resources, articles, etc.
Blackwell's on the Internet
"Welcome to the World's Finest Academic Bookseller". Probably true, at that. This site gives access to the bookshop
(with a very useful search engine, allowing you to look up books by partial details) and to the publishers. Ordering books is simple
Various on-line services for searching, ordering, etc. Messy & difficult to use for text-based browsers.
My local bookshop in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, run by Patrick and Polly Neale.
Literature Web Guide
Maintained by David K. Brown. An extremely rich site, including a guide to Children's Literature - Publishers & Booksellers and much, much more.
Publishers of the "... for Dummies" books. It's almost impossible to use this site with a text-based browser — and
with a graphics-based browser it's dominated by adverts, dubious-looking competitions, etc.
Interdart; Resources for Booksellers & Book Collectors
Very full site, offering links to U.K. booksellers, publishers, associations, etc.
An interesting page, offering a news-letter, book club, an on-line catalogue, and more, with an emphasis on Irish
books. Unfortunately they've crippled part of the site with frames; I've linked to the main part of the front page, but some of the
sub-pages are also crippled.
One of the best-known popular publishers. The site offers the usual features (don't expect to find out anything about Penguin
though — the link with that title leads to a practical FAQ page.
Catalogues Home Page
Organised by country.
A non-profit organisation, publishers of the Philosopher's Index. The site gives details of the paper, CD-ROM, and
on-line editions of the Index.
Details of new books, publisher's events (such as signing tours), etc. It's a bit messy with a text-based browser, but what
used to be a very useful Philosophy resource page is now frames-crippled.
Town's End Books
A mail-order bookseller, specialising in C20th first editions. Also offers a useful page of links to Other Book Sites. A bit gimmick-crippled here and there, but generally usable.
University Press of
Almost impossible to use with a graphics-based browser.
White Horse Press
Specialises in books and journals on environmental issues.
- Banned Books and Censorship: Information and Resources
- Maintained at Loyola University, Chicago. An introduction to the history and practice of book banning (a bit parochial, to be sure,
as it deals only with the U.S.), with very useful links to other banned-books sites (with on-line texts, etc.).
- Maintained by David K. Brown. An extremely rich site.
- "We publish the largest collection of electronic texts in philosophy in the world. We publish both in English translation and
in languages other than English. We are also engaged in a pilot project to place philosophy journals online."
- Internet Classics Archive
- Was the "Tech Classics Archive". One of the main on-line texts sites.
- On-line Books
- Now based at the University of Pennsylvania. Over 20,000 on-line books listed, plus special exhibits.>br clear=left>
- Oxford Text Archive
- Archive of on-line texts, but written so as to be used by M$-users (iffy with Opera, and completely unusable with a text-based
- Their aim is to provide on-line versions of all public-domain texts -- a huge task, but well under way. A laudable (and
fascinating, and useful) site in every respect.
See also my Individual Philosophers pages.