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Re: [xmca] Teaching on the Emotions

As you know I am interested in doing whatever I can to get English translations of Vygotsky School writers out to people either electronically or in cheap editions like those available at http://www.erythrospress.com

But I can't do anything where there is someone who owns the rights, or has moral rights over the material, unless they give permission.

In general, what I do is just provide bits and pieces, without editorial notes and so on, so that I don't do anything to negatively impact on sales of the book.

What you have, Dot, is personal acquaintance with a lot of the publishers and writers. If you can get permission from Plenum or the translators to reprint their material, then I will get on to it. But I cannot risk a lawsuit from Plenum.

But if you want to work with me, we should look into it. Are Plenum still selling copies I wonder?


Dot Robbins wrote:
Dear Achilles, Andy, and All,
Oh, my goodness...I can't get too "emotional" about the article, and hope it is put on your website, Andy. My question only regarded the actual sources of the text, nothing else.
Truly, I am very disturbed that academic books are so expensive in English, and have never understood why the Collected Works of Vygotsky have not been put in paperback, or made free for all. My point was that even with the expensive Collected Works in English, many people seemed to profit (I actually don't know who) from the publication of the series, and yet no money was ever given to the Vygotsky family. Thanks to the work of Jim Wertsch over the years, the Vygotsky family has received some (minimal) funds that Jim has collected from giving people permission to use Vygotsky's picture in books.
I don't have an answer to the problems of the high costs of academic publishing....and, I am very frustrated… Peter Moxhay spent years translating a book by V. V. Davydov (Problems of Developmental Instruction, Nova Science, 2008), and on amazon.com it still states that people should sign up for the book when it becomes available...I doubt if anyone has reviewed this excellent book for journals, because it has not been advertised in general....The book costs over $70, and clearly, it is extremely frustrating. I don't know what rights I have as editor, but, have seriously been thinking about the idea of sending out an earlier version of the book (only with Peter’s permission)...This is a huge issue in academia, especially with the problems of "vanity" publishing! If it is allowed, why don’t you both copy all of the Collected Works in English? I do not know the legal issues of such a step. However, please give the original sources.

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