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American people have never suspected it. I believe that our people would rejoice to No scheme you have ever proposed stops open this vast opportunity to your intelwith its nominal purpose.
lectual laborers. They are not ungrateful; Avowedly an authors' copyright, it is re- they know the extent of their obligations ally an authors' and publishers' copyright to your thinkers, and they will be glad to that is demanded of us. You may not see do them justice when the way is shown. the difference; Americans do. They see But they hold themselves perfectly compethat while the author has a just claim, the tent to manufacture the books that shall publisher has no claim whatever, while ev- embody your authors thoughts in accordery arrangement that England has hitherto ance with their own needs, habits, and offered is but a kind of legal saddle for the tastes, and in this they will not be interEnglish publisher to ride his author into fered with. the American book market. It is well un- I am of opinion that an internationa. derstood with us that your proffered forms copyright law, rigorously in the author's inof copyright are less in the interest of au- terest, requiring him to make contracts for thors than in the interest of the English American republication directly with Ameribook manufacturer, and it is these forms can publishers, and taking effect only upon that the Americans have rejected. Any books entirely manufactured in the United treaty which makes the English author States, would be acceptable to our people. and the English publisher joint parties to I have been unexpectedly called upon to supply us with books, if negotiated by the make this communication in vindication of two governments, would be repudiated by my house and the American people, and our people in a year. They believe ear- the occasion has compelled me to speak nestly in their policy of cheap books, and more from a personal point of view than will not expose it to the peril threatened would be otherwise agreeable; but I feel by an English publishers' copyright. The sure that my brother publishers in America superior advantages of our system are felt will substantially agree in what I have even in Canada. The Canadians will have said, and would have taken a similar our cheap reprints instead of your honest edi- course in like circumstances. As to the tions, and to this the English government English publishers, many of whom are my consents, suspends the laws of the empire cordial friends, I trust they will not be in the case of a single province, colludes offended that I have presented the case with “Yankee pirates," and robs its own plainly and directly. Nothing at present authors that Canadians may have our is more desirable than to divest the quescheap books. I say robs its authors, for, tion of the false aspects lent to it by pasalthough a ten per cent. tax is levied by sion, prejudice, ignorance, and class interthe Canadian government on reprints from est, and to deal with it candidly, broadly, the United States, for the benefit of the au- and searchingly. Having recently adjusted thor, I am informed by London publishers one of the most embarrassing international that money from this source would be a differences that could arise between two curiosity.
nations, it is surely not impossible to settle The United States now contain nearly this on the basis of equity and mutual forty million inhabitants, and they are emi- satisfaction...... nently a book-buying people. The Ameri- WILLIAM H. APPLETON, can market for English books is already
of the firm of D. Appleton + Co. great, and is destined to become immense. 16 LITTLE BRITAIN, London, October, 1871.
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| Coates. It takes the gems from many volThe Fireside Encyclopædia of Poetry.-Col- umes, culling with rare skill and judgment.”— lected and arranged by - Henry T. Coates.
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" THE FIRESIDE ENCYCLOPÆDIA OF POETRY, of their ample wealth. Many pieces which have lately published in Philadelphia, is no careless been passed by in previous collections hold a gathering together of an undigested mass of place of honor in the present volume, and will scraps, but is a comprehensive and carefully be heartily welcomed by the lovers of poetry as arranged body of the best fruit of the best bards a delightful addition to their sources of enjoy- of both of the English-speaking peoples. The
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