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so soon as some others, but it will feel more and more with each season the general improvement of business.
The book trade is of course at a disadvantage F. LEYPOLDT, Bibliographical Editor.
not peculiar to itself but more noteworthy here R. R. BOWKER, General Editor.
than in most lines of business-the demora liza
tion of the trade system involved in cutting JANUARY 4, 1879.
throats and promiscuous discounts. This has
been partly a rough method of bringing price Publishers are requested to furnish title-page proofs and down to“hard pan,” but it is a dangerous method, advance information of books forthcoming, both for entry in and the preferable way is the reduction of nomithe lists and for descriptive mention. An early copy of nal prices which has been going on without much each book published should be forwarded, to insure correct fuss, publisher by publisher and book by book. ness in the final entry.
One of several causes for the failure of the A. editor on any topic of interest to the trade, and as to which B. T. A. movement was the unwillingness of an interchange of opinion is desirable. Also, matter for the retail representatives at Philadelphia to in"Notes and Queries." Notes from librarians will also be dorse that reduction of advertised prices and of
nominal trade discounts which was logically In case of business changes, notification or card should be involved in the “retail-price rule" and on immediately sent to this office for entry under " Business which the refusal of discounts was to be justiNotes." New catalogues issued will also be mentioned fied to the public. We do not look to any
renewed attempt at legislation or general com
pact to cure this evil, but rather to the return " Every man is á debtor to his profession, from to common sense and to square individual the which, as men do of course seek to receive dealings which will be promoted by the return tountenance and profit, so ought they of duty to of general business soundness. A large proendeavor themselves by way of amends to be a portion of books are now published at "hardhelp thereunto."-LORD BACON.
pan" advertised prices, many indeed phenomenally low, and even on such goods as Sunday
school books we venture to prophesy that a THE NEW YEAR.
sounder system of discount will replace the The past year, it is generally conceded, has present. been the poorest in return of any within the
The Stationers' Board of Trade, in which so experience of most men now in the trade. The many publishers are represented, has done business depression at large-due to the con- signal service in promoting sound business tinuance of the general causes which have been methods, and has so thoroughly earned the reoperating for several years, and in a measure to spect and gratitude of the publishing trade that such local interferences as the mud blockade of it would be idle to desire a separate similar the early part of the year at the West and the organization. But we do hope for the organidreadful scourge, still present to our memories, zation, and that during the year, of some sort with which the South has been visited-has of book-trade guild, not at all legislative in its been felt peculiarly in the book trade, which suf character, but bringing the trade together as, for fers especially in the pinch of general economy instance, at an annual dinner. The proposed But with resumption an accomplished fact; Book-Trade Provident Association, whose pro. with crops larger than ever before-too large, moters could not give the necessary attention indeed, to show their full return the same year ; to it during the fall rush, is one step in the with prices at “bottom;" with no really threat right direction, and is likely to be carried ening political distractions; with a general through this year. expectation of and readiness for an increase The public question most prominent before of business, the coming year promises to be the publishing trade proper is that of internaone of reasonable prosperity. The people have tional copyright. There are many reasons for been paying their debts and now have some prophesying that business policy will join with hope of a margin above mere living expenses just principle to promote if not to assure agree. again, and if inordinate hope is not indulged ment upon some practicable measure this year. in, if extravagance (which keeps business | The reduced cost of manufacture in this coun"moving," but moving to its ruin) is steadfastly try removes one difficulty and the Canadian avoided, if there is good hard work and careful complications add a new motive, but that there management, the outlook is more promising are still honest difficulties and conflicting interfor some years. The book trade is perhaps not ests cannot wisely be overlooked in any praclikely to receive its share of the new prosperity tical treatment of this not easy question. It is
seriously involved, for instance, with tariff re- are inclined to think the proportion might be lations, which also are likely to come up for larger on the new basis, in which the author considerable discussion this coming year. The takes the cost, the risk and the work, and pays postal question is another both of trade and the publisher his pretty bonus of ten per cent. public importance, which it is to be hoped will Seriously, the talk about the underpayment of be partly solved by the bill now likely to be authors has, from the commercial side, a very passed.
false start; the trouble is, not that the author does In the treatment of these and other questions, not get a fair percentage of the return, but that the PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY will continue to give the return is not sufficient to give him what the full information and also to serve the interests intrinsic value of his work may deserve. A of the trade by the discussion of their bearings, publisher who nets ten per cent above the cost representing not any selfish or immediate ends and the trade discount on all his issues does of the trade, but presenting the broader view probably better than the average, while the in which the interests of the trade and the pub- author's percentage is commonly based on the lic are finally one. It has not been possible as retail price which the publisher does not get. yet to carry out some of the plans for the WEEKLY announced at the beginning of the fall as in
A CANADIAN journal “talks back” vigorously contemplation, chiefly because the volume of
| on the copyright question, and, in so far as the business has not justified further expenditure,
reprinting of American books is concerned, but it is hoped to put these in practicable shape
gives fair " tit for tat.” But we do not know this year. We point to the very useful change
that American publishers have defended the in the character of the weekly lists, as evidence
sending of American reprints of British copythat the WEEKLY will better and better serve the
right works into the British dominions, and in interests of the trade, as an independent organ
any event smuggling on one side would scarce. dependent on its enterprise for its support, ac.
ly be a good defence against smuggling on the cording as experience and trade support put the
other. means in our hands. While certain proposed changes in the administration of the WEEKLY
THE RICH PUBLISHERE AND THE may be announced presently, it is its general
POOR AUTHERE. purpose to make haste slowly, serving the trade
(From the World, Dec. 30, 1878.) as it has heretofore served it, with the added
[The scene opens in the gilded halls of a publishing usefulness for which its patronage may give op- house, with luxurious furniture, warm fire, easy portunity.
The publishere sat in his counting-room
A-counting his dross of gold, THE plan of the Title Slip Registry, which And reckoned his profits how large they'd be was not fairly started, as had been intended,
When the books on his shelves were sold. last fall-chiefly because of the difficulty of “ 'Tis a goodly trade and I like it well,"
He murmured low to himself, introducing a new system at the busiest season “ Brains are so cheap and they never shine
Till they shine in calf on my shelf. of the year,—will now be put in what we hope
I back them up with paper and guilt," may be permanent operation. The favor ac And he laughed at his joke in glee,
"For there's ten per cent for the poor authere, corded to the annotated list system, recently And there's ninety per cent for me. introduced into the WEEKLY, and the subscrip
" With the honor and glory I leave to them tions so far received for the printed title-slips, Goes a little starvation," he said,
“ But that does them good, while I wisely grind encourage the belief that the plan will succeed Their brains to make me bread.” by reason of its usefulness and economy.
[The scene changes materially.] Publishers will therefore oblige by sending early The authere sat in his garret room, copies or sheets of their books, for registry, as
His palace beneath the sky;
He worked and wrote, one half for fame, long before publication day as is practicable, One half that he might not die.
For mind needs matter and brains need beef, when they will receive prompt attention. Sub Even genius is fed from the pot ; scriptions for the slips are solicited from book
So he wrote and grumbled, and grumbled and wrote,
At the beggarly pittance he got. sellers as well as from libraries, and an ex Till a new idea, like a sun shining out
Made his pathway to fortune quite clear ; planation of the plan, with sample slips, will
“I will pay no more this ninety per cent, be sent at desire.
But will act as my own publishere."
[Two years are supposed to elapse.]
And now he sits in his gilded chair We reprint from the World a poetic project And rides in his carriage dear, for reversing the wrongs of authors, which And often climbs up a three pair back
To give alms to a publishere. should receive at once the careful consideration
(The morial presents itself.] of a congress of publishers. It is not every
So now all you good folks take warning publisher who houses himself in “gilded By the fate of this wise authere,
For ninety per cent is too much for binding,
As nine tenths to a publishere.
nadian were to send him the money for a set, or
for a volume of Swinburne's poems, would any (From the Montreal Gazette, December 12th,)
fine scruples prevent him sending them by post OUR American cousins, possessing as they do or express ? We think not. We never heard so many excellent qualities and so great of an American publisher whose feelings were material resources, might be very happy if they so tender. If such there be, it would be worth were not tormented with a desire to sit on both
a pilgrimage to see him. Mr. Carleton, after sides of a fence at the same time-a feat in it flopping round and Ainging about naughty self difficult even to our highly gifted neigh- words in this style, finally settles down to,
this must lead to an interational copyright law It is a matter of notoriety to our readers that at an early day, I hope," in which pious sentiUnited States publishers have always seized ment we heartily concur. The English authors and reprinted any English books they wished will now, we trust, see that the Canadian Copyfor ; that these reprints have been exported into right Act is not the dreadful thing they supposed every British colony ; that they are with diffi. it to be when they raised such an outcry about culty kept out of England itself; and that every it, and will learn that when they sit down to effort which England has made to secure inter- trade knives with Brother Jonathan they should national copyright has utterly come to naught. not commence by giving away their own jackWith cynical frankness, Senator Morrill, in his knife first. report to the United States Senate in 1873, asserts that to give the foreign author any con
THE PARIS EXPOSITION. sideration would injure the printers and papermakers of the United States, and raise the price 1878, informs us that the packing of the unsold
M. EM. TERQUEM, under date December 14. of books to the people, and that therefore an international copyright was impossible. The goods displayed in the American book exhibit English press railed, the Englisde Government
at the Paris Exposition has been completed, coaxed, but all in vain. The proposition is a
and that the cases, twenty-two in number, will sound one; it is cheaper to steal brooms than be shipped in the Supply for New York, and in to buy them.
the Constitution for Philadelphia. Both vessels Matters being in this state, two years ago the dle of this month, and will probably reach
are expected to sail from Havre about the midCanadian Government revised the copyright law of this country, and the new act provided America late in February. A return invoice that iwo classes of persons only could hold has been sent to every exhibitor, so that there copyright in Canada : ist. Any person domi- may be no difficulty in claiming the goods after ciled in Canada or in any part of the British their arrival here. A considerable proportion possessions; and, 2d. A citizen of any coun
of the goods sent have been sold abroad. M. try, which might have an international treaty Terquem is informed by Governor MacCormick with Great Britain. The essence of the act is that our government will open an office either in the word domiciled. Mere colorable resi
at Washington or in New York to distribute dence will not do. Therefore, it soon became the medals and diplomas awarded. M. Terevident to Canadian printers that, so long as
quem intends to be in New York before March. the United States Government refused international copyright, so long the whole range of LITERARY AND TRADE NOTES. United States literature might be reprinted with impunity, and, inasmuch as the frontier is
THE 78th part of Braithwaite's Retrospect, for long and travel incessant, and the facilities of the January, will be ready for delivery about the post-office are very great, these reprints would 20th inst., by W. A. Townsend. incessantly find their way across the border.
PROF. A. W. Ward has undertaken to write Here, then, Senator Morrill was beaten with his on Chaucer, and Mr. Henry James, Jr., on own stick. The very thing so nice and proper Hawthorne, for the admirable series of English for United States citizens ought clearly to be Men of Letters, edited by John Morley. equally nice and proper for Canadian citizens. MR. A. HILDEBRANDT, of Manchester, is to be
The New York publishers, however, who for the publisher of the proposed monthly Technoa century have grown rich on English litera- logical Index, to contain "all the material refure, no sooner found that the Canadian reprints quisite for easy reference to all articles of of their copyright books began to appear in the scientific or technical interest." Western States than they were horror-stricken
MESSRS. RIVINGTON's new volume of their at the enormity of Canadian wickedness. The Historical Biographies, " The Duke of WellingSun took the matter up, interviewed the leading ton," by R. Waite, is just ready for publication. publishers, and exhoried the impenitent Cana. It contains a portrait of the Duke, eight plans of dians in the same style which the English the principal battles, and three maps. authors had found so ineffectual in Senator Morrill's case. The interview with Mr. G. W.
Messrs. W. COLLINS, SONS & Co. have in preCarleton is excessively amusing.
paration a set of thirty large plates illustrative Mr. Carleton goes on at white heat. But he of Old Testament history, and designed to dishas conceded that the Canadian has a right to play the references and facilitate the study of sell these reprints in Canada. Now if Ameri- Rawlinson's "Historical Illustrations of the can citizens send money to Canada and buy
Old Testament.” these books, and import them into the United PORTER & COATEs have nearly ready an inStates, as Mr. Carleton says they do, it seems teresting book by “ Trebor," entitled " As it to us that the “devils" and the fellows"
are may happen,” and “Voices from Babylon," by on his own showing not Canadians at all, but Jos. A. Seiss, whose " Miracle in Stone" made his own countrymen. Canadians are doing quite a sensation and passed through several precisely what he is doing himself. His edition editions. of Dickens is advertised everywhere. Ifa Ca J. FAIRBANKS & Co. have just ready a volume
of papers on social topics by T. DeWitt Tal- chosen for the task on the recommendation of mage, entitled "Foes of Society." Next week | Mr. John Bright. they will issue "The Mask Torn Off,” by the same author. F. O. Evans & Co. are the New Scientists ( Van Nostrand), being the ten parts
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DAVIS, BARDEEN & Co. have just ready the Ward, treasurer of the American and Foreign first number in School Room Classics, entitled Bible
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