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Re: VMs: "Voynich Controversy"...?

Hi everyone,

At 09:07 24/12/2004 +1000, Jacques Guy wrote:
23/12/2004 6:26:17 PM, jean-yves artero <jyartero@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
>   Same for me; tried to order it used, of course no news; not seen
>   elsewhere, IIRC; could be
>   some dead project, sometimes books are displayed before they are
>   published

It sounds like the most likely explanation. [...]

It's very tempting, but I'm not so certain - why (apparently) announce the paperback release first if it was from a well-known publisher (Robson Books are part of Chrysalis Group, which isn't exactly small)? And why would it use an ISBN number in another company's range?

If I knew how to do a reverse ISBN search (not to the product, but just to the barcode owner's range), I could (probably) just ask the real publisher. So many databases, so little time. :-o

Or else, I have a conspiracty theory:
someone (Amazon, Robson Books, ...?)
has planted this entry to find out how
much interest there would be in such
a book.

There's always the "secret database signature" theory: that Amazon might add some fake books to its database in order to track which other web companies are ripping their content off. I recently read about how the Ordnance Survey was able to catch a company illegally selling their maps by adding some non-existent roads to a disused air-force base (IIRC), which amounts to much the same thing.

I'm not sure if it quite counts as a conspiracy theory, though. :-)

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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