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    [​IMG]My well-worn copy of Joyce D. Wilkerson's indispensable reference, "Clownfishes"


    One of the most-often recommended books for marine fish breeders, Joyce D. Wilkerson’s book Clownfishes, suddenly seems to be a hot commodity.** I often tell people to,* “buy this book, because often times if the answers to your questions are in there, the experienced breeders online won’t bother to respond to your questions!”* When I gave that same advice a couple weeks ago at the WAMAS Winter Meeting, someone said, ” I would buy that book, but I can’t find it for less than $100″.* For a book that is paperback and probably didn’t cost me more than $20 or $30 when I got my copy, this response was very perplexing.



    After researching a bit, it seems that the supply of this book has dried up.* All of a sudden, even heavily used copies are going for more than brand new copies used to sell for (list price retail was $32.95).* Now if you want it, for the last 7 days, the only copy listed as “new” on Amazon carried an asking price of $450.00! “Like new” can easily go for $200, and the highest asking price used is almost $1000!* Microcosm, who first published the book, says that it is urging TFH, who have been printing and distributing the title, to get supplies back into the pipeline.* Failing that, a Digital Edition will be produced.

    I’m still not sure what I think about such an essential book suddenly being out of the budget for the very people who may most need it.* After all, this book is the default, first and best book for the aspiring clownfish breeder – the conventional wisdom is to buy it and read cover-to-cover.* It certainly is a testament to Wilkerson’s book that unlike many other out-of-print works, her’s isn’t selling for pennies on the dollar.* Hopefully this spike in market price will encourage a new run or some alternate means of access for future breeders.* Sure, someone could go write a new book, maybe with a bit more current information, but any new work will be strongly judged against a book which has been a fundamental text far longer than I’ve been breeding marine fish.* Still, perhaps the time has come, almost 13 years after publication, for a new work?


    For all the information you can find online, I have yet to find a suitable substitute for any good text on a given subject, and Wilkerson’s book is no exception.* Quite simply, the labor that goes into authoring a text is daunting, and the reward is often times slim-to-none.* Let this be a lesson than in the internet age, it’s still cumbersome to take your laptop into the bathroom, and color e-Readers are not exactly mainstream either.* Next time you’re on the fence about buying a book, just pull the trigger – it’ll keep the aquarium authors and publishers in business and continue to ensure that valuable information gets solidified and preserved in print.* Good luck reading the latest ReefBuilders update without internet.* Just sayin’…
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    ouch, pricey
     
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    Geez, I've got that book....
     
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    Keep it, one day your children's college funds can be paid out of the sales of that book :p
     
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    I have this book also. It's a good book to have. However, I wouldn't pay that much for it. If Joyce were still alive, I don't think she would be very pleased with the price.
     
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    Wow, I didn't know Joyce had died, when was this?
     
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    May 8, 2007, she was only 56.
     
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    What a shame. Such a knowledgeable woman too and at that young age. My mother in law died last week from a heart attack, she was only 57. So many people are dying so young these days.
     
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    Oh my! I had no idea your mother in law passed. My condolenses to you, your wife, and family. It is very tragic to lose someone at such a young age.
     
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