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Aero Dynamic wins Octane Publication of the year.

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Old 17-11-22, 11:53 AM
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Default Aero Dynamic wins Octane Publication of the year.

Congratulations are due to Michael Barton and Simon Charlesworth as Aero Dynamic has just won the Octane Magazine historic motoring awards Publication of the Year, a well deserved result for the publisher and author for a very compelling and special book.
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A wonderful achievement, and I'm sure it is a beautiful and fascinating book, but is it likely to be made available in a less expensive format ? 475 is a lot for a book.
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I'll admit to struggling with the economic logic of these eye-wateringly expensive books. Even more so when it's approaching impossible to find any details of whats in it or where it can be bought from. 20 minutes of net searching merely produced a couple or three side references and a mention in a magazine. So, even though I could afford it, and having something (probably) approaching 1,000 books about the place implies that I'm not averse to dead tree information storage, marketing inefficiency means I won't.

The effective hourly rate for most ordinary authors is pretty pants at the best of times. Assuming all the records were not presented in one lump; nicely tied up with pink ribbon; the amount time spent tracking down information, scholarship and fact checking needed to produce a definitive work must have been huge. If handwaving guesses at likely sales are anywhere near correct it appears that slavery might have been more fiscally rewarding than authorship!!

I'd contrast this with a book of similarly limited appeal that I did buy recently. "The Secret Horsepower Race" WW2 western front fighter engine development by Calum E Douglas. 35 from Mortons for almost 500 pages of (apparently) carefully researched reporting covering what was going on with management behind the scenes of the major combatants from 1930 to 1945. But it still took several adverts and finding out that the author had a serious engineering background in engine design before I bit. Despite being close to my top price to buy unseen limit. Interesting but a heavy read. Plus a few engineering howlers that the author really should have known better than. Even at that price I'm still dubious about the economics. My copy of Setrights "The Power to Fly" was remaindered off. Stupidly I passed over Bristol Cars and Engines further down the same shelf.

I imagine I'm not the only person who places reasonable spending limits on the purchase of books that might be interesting.

Clive
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Clive,
I fully appreciate that at this price level these type of books are not for everyone, Palawan's book by Setright was phenomenally expensive compared with his first offering Bristol Cars and Engines which I think I paid about 5 for when it came out, it was a must have though because it was by Setright and about my favorite car and it was the first expensive book of this type I bought. At the time I was thinking of buying their book on the Bentley Continental, how I wish I had they sell for thousands of pounds now but that really is not the reason for me buying books like this.. In between these two books there have been several on Bristol cars at an initially reasonable price as did Christopher Belfour's excellent book which followed, look at the price dealers ask for that now.
Michael Barton entered the fray because there were aspects of the Bristol story that had not been told in depth, the first book he published Mr Bristol The Remarkable Life of T.A.D. Crook is a gem, so much to that date written about the cars, so little in many ways about the man in charge for so many years. This was followed by John Hobbs book Design and The Bristol Car, more modestly priced but still not cheap but for me an absolute must have because I own a 603.
The next book in this class was a result of the collaborations between the Heritage Trust and Palawan, The Bristol Aeroplane Company and Car Division another heavy hitter both physically and in price but also in content with a remarkable reproduction of the dispatch ledgers for the 400-406.
This left the story of the 450 which really may never have been told in such detail were it not for the discovery of a remarkable collection of Photographs,
the best of which were selected to showcase in this book. Simon Charlsworth has done an excellent job of telling the story of the 450's but its the photographs I find so compelling something that always draws me back, its a book in a way that closes the circle on the Bristol story and for that alone it was for me worth buying.
There are probably books I have which I read more often but when time permits delving into any of these is an absolute treat.
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Yes, the Callum Douglas book seemed like much better value, and I wonder how many more copies of Aero Dynamic would be sold at 47.50, instead of 475.00 ?
I read 'The Secret Horsepower Race' and I remember thinking certain assertions couldn't be right, but what were the 'Howlers' you identified ?
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