[R] The book: S Programming

pvlad@bigfoot.com pvlad at bigfoot.com
Mon Jan 1 22:51:10 CET 2001

I bough my copy at www.bookpool.com
prices there are always better than any other online tech book retailer.

Although, 18$ for that book... way too good...


On 01-Jan-2001 Bill.Venables at CMIS.CSIRO.AU wrote:
> Mike Meyer writes:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Michael M. Meyer [mailto:mikem at salter-point.com]
>> Sent: Monday, 1 January 2001 7:58
>> To: Andrew Criswell
>> Cc: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
>> Subject: Re: [R] The book: S Programming 
>> The Synopsis on Amazon.co.uk seems to refer to the book "Modern Applied 
>> Statistics with S-Plus, but otherwise these are the same two books.  
>> The US price of 59.95 converts to about 40.16 UK pounds (using a recent 
>> exchange rate).  Thus, except for the cost of mailing, it would seem 
>> that the US price is slightly better.  I would suggest you explore the 
>> shipping options (both price and delivery time) for the two sites and 
>> make a choice based on that.  My guess is that the US site will have a 
>> slightly lower shipping price and slightly faster delivery.
> I hate to mention this now, but for some odd reason before Christmas
> amazon.com had S Programming on a special price of ...  US$17.98, a 70%
> reduction on the normal price. I was quite depressed about it at the time
> but now it is back to its normal (= exhorbitant) price I don't feel quite so
> bad!
> I kept an eye on it while it was at its low price and its rank shot up from
> around the 50000 mark to about the 5000 mark, so they must have shifted a
> few before Christmas.  That's my reason for mentioning this: if anyone is
> thinking about buying it now
> (a) kick yourself for missing the 18 buck price, and
> (b) get in quickly since supply is probably getting a bit low.
> It is now back down to the 22000s and sliding so I suspect things are (not
> surprisingly!) slowing down a bit.
> I agree entirely with Brian that trying to get the message across either to
> publishers or online booksellers is a totally futile business.  I speak from
> bitter experience as well.
> While I am on the Amazon business, I have to say the reviews are not always
> the most sensitive and perceptive around, too.  The first one for S Prog
> says, in effect, "I was looking for an introductory book on this subject.
> This is not one and does not claim to be one.  Nevertheless I went ahead and
> bought it anyway and, you know what, I found it very tough going...
> Therefore it's crap.  Buy something else."  I loved it.  I can't work out
> why so many customers did not find it useful... :-)
>> You (or perhaps Brian Ripley or Bill Venables) might want to contact 
>> Amazon.co.uk and suggest that they correct their catalog.  
>> Unfortunately, I don't have much influence on these matters.
> No one has much influence on these matters.  What you are observing is the
> purest form of random process this side of quantum physics.
> My best wishes to everyone for a happy new year.
> Bill.
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