[R] The book: S Programming

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun Dec 31 22:55:13 CET 2000

On Mon, 1 Jan 2001, Andrew Criswell wrote:

> Will the real book "S Programming" please stand up.
> As I searched for this book both on AMAZON.COM and AMAZON.CO.UK, I found two
> different versions.
> On AMAZON.COM my search reveals
> S Programming (Statistics and Computing) by Brian D. Ripley, William N.
> Venables. Our Price: $59.95. Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours.
> Hardcover - 264 pages 1st edition (May 15, 2000) Springer Verlag; ISBN:
> 0387989668.
> But on AMAZON.CO.UK I discover
> S Programming, W.N. Venables, B.D. Ripley. Our Price: £44.50 Availability:
> Usually dispatched within 24 hours Hardcover - 400 pages 3rd Ed edition (30
> June, 2000). Springer-Verlag New York Inc.; ISBN: 0387989668.
> The implicit exchange rate between these two books, 1st ed. and 3rd, is
> 1.347 USD per GBP. I assume the 3rd edition from AMAZON.CO.UK is the most
> recent, it certainly is the better buy. But when I tried to explain all this
> to the AMAZON.COM folks I got merely computerized responses. They don't seem
> to get it, but I'm sure Drs. Venables and Ripley will.

Both are wrong in detail.  It *is* in the R FAQ, or look at


We believe US$59.95 to be correct for the price in the US.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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Oxford OX1 3TG, UK                Fax:  +44 1865 272595

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