Mr. Corliss and publication/distribution of books

Jan N. Sammer
78 Hartley Avenue
Princeton NJ

June 21, 1981

Mr. Dewey B. Larson
755 N.E. Royal Court
Portland, OR 97232

Dear Mr. Larson:

Your letter of May 21 was very helpful in clarifying for me some of the problems connected with the publication and distribution of your books.

I spoke to Mr. Corliss on the phone shortly after he had received Nothing But Motion from North Pacific—it appeared to him somewhat too technical for the majority of his customers. As he put it, while some of them have Ph.D’s in physics, not all of them do. At the same time he was genuinely interested in your work, which was quite new to him, and wanted to find some way of bringing it to the attention of his clients. I mentioned the paperback reprint of New Light on Space and Time and he immediately asked to see it; he told me also that paperbacks require smaller discounts than hardcovers. He asked me to send him a copy, which I did. Later he wrote me that he was contacting Professor Meyer (cf. enclosed letter). I hope some agreement can be reached between the California group and Mr. Corliss. It would be a very small step, but could lead to other things. If we could find more book agents, this would make republication more feasible.

As to any new books, I understand there is no financial obstacle to their publication as soon as they are complete. In any case, I am prepared to do my share, and more if need be.

I am planning to attend the Los Angeles conference in mid-August—chiefly in order to have the chance to meet you. I hope to find out where I can be most useful to you. I have a lot of ideas, but would need some direction.

With best wishes,

Jan N. Sammer

International Society of  Unified Science
Reciprocal System Research Society

Salt Lake City, UT 84106

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