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A paperback of Species: A History

My not-inconsiderable ego has expanded several sizes upon the news from University of California Press that my book Species: A History of the Idea (see at right or on the My Books page) is to become a paperback. I hope to make a couple of corrections, and maybe add a section on Blumenbach (which you, my dear readers, have already seen, here, here and here). I expect tens of thousands of sales now…

26 Comments

  1. Achrachno Achrachno

    Well, I’ll help out by buying one. How soon do they expect to have it out?

    I’ve been pondering getting the hard cover and, if I finish what I’m reading and get impatient, maybe I still will.

    • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

      Date and price to be decided. I’ll announce it when I know.

  2. That’s some good news amongst all the flood gloom. I’ll expect you to autograph my copy with something witty and pithy.

    How many meters is the water from your front door now?

    • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

      Of course. Meet me at the signing.

      About 5km. I’m not presently worrying.

  3. Great news.

    Kinda glad I held off buying (read: can’t afford presently) the hardcover. Now I have *no* excuse.

  4. Jon Wilkins Jon Wilkins

    When will the audiobook come out? And will it be read by Christopher Walken?

    • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

      Hmmm, an interesting question. I had thought James Earl Jones, but maybe Johnny Depp, who everyone in my head tells me I look like.

      • I imagined you more like Angelina Jolie.

        • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

          I *do* like Angelina Jolie

        • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

          Fixed

      • You really ought to reprogram the signature on your iPhone 😉

      • John Farrell John Farrell

        It should be read by Gene Hackman, because that’s who you really look like, John. 🙂

      • Mitchell Coffey Mitchell Coffey

        John Farrell: “It should be read by Gene Hackman, because that’s who you really look like, John”

        You do know that the alpha gorilla in the photo is not actually Wilkins?

      • You do know that the alpha gorilla in the photo is not actually Wilkins?

        Y’re kidding me ar’n’t ya!

  5. Mike Hanson-Haubrich Mike Hanson-Haubrich

    I will watch for the announcement and perhaps it would be a good occasion to invite you for an interview on the Radio Show.

    Russell Blackford is scheduled for 2/13, and PZ Meyayarrssez is scheduled for the 20th. Can’t let those blokes one-up you, can you?

    • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

      All you have to do is fly me Skype me.

  6. Mike Hanson Mike Hanson

    (I may or may not be angling for a preview copy via PDF/.epub.)

    • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

      Me too.

  7. Mike Haubrich Mike Haubrich

    Drat. That last comment was by me, and not my cousin.

  8. Mitchell Coffey Mitchell Coffey

    Excuse my not-inconsiderable ignorance, but isn’t it unusual for a book of this kind to go to paperback? Could someone other than John answer this, as he has a congenital inability to repost anything good about himself, especially when true?

    • Mitchell Coffey Mitchell Coffey

      Make that “report,” not “repost.”

    • Yes and no! It depends very much on the publishers but an increasing number of academic publishers are apparently beginning to realize that if they make good scientific books, and John’s book is very good, available as ppbs at a reasonable price then they actually sell surprising well.

      However there are academic publishers who still haven’t caught on and insist on publishing interesting and good books only in hardback at a price that nobody in their right mind would even consider paying and then saying to the author, “see I told you that there is only a very limited market for your type of book!”

  9. That’s very cool. I’ll definitely pick a copy of the paperback when it comes out. Hardbacks are generally out of my league, unless they are of the can’t-possibly-do-without-if-I-am-to-complete-my-phd variety (and unfortunately yours is not since philosophy of science is not my AOS).

    BTW, hope the floods aren’t going to hit you too badly. News reports look terrible. I believe the peak has been reached round about now.

  10. Yes and no! It depends very much on the publishers but an increasing number of academic publishers are apparently beginning to realize that if they make good scientific books, and John’s book is very good, available as ppbs at a reasonable price then they actually sell surprising well. However there are academic publishers who still haven’t caught on and insist on publishing interesting and good books only in hardback at a price that nobody in their right mind would even consider paying and then saying to the author, “see I told you that there is only a very limited market for your type of book!”

  11. Congrats!

  12. Robert E. Harris Robert E. Harris

    Hardback is $39.95 at Amazon now, so paper should run around 20 bucks, maybe a little less, I hope.

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