3.1037 e-Tennyson, e-Browning (74)

Willard McCarty (MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca)
Mon, 12 Feb 90 21:45:50 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 1037. Monday, 12 Feb 1990.

(1) Date: Sat, 10 Feb 90 08:33:53 EST (17 lines)
From: "R.J. Shroyer" <66_443@uwovax.uwo.ca>
Subject: Re: 3.1030 e-Tennyson, Browning? audio input? (55)

(2) Date: Mon, 12 Feb 90 14:17 GMT (42 lines)
From: Oxford Text Archive <ARCHIVE@VAX.OXFORD.AC.UK>
Subject: e-texts and pricing

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Date: Sat, 10 Feb 90 08:33:53 EST
From: "R.J. Shroyer" <66_443@uwovax.uwo.ca>
Subject: Re: 3.1030 e-Tennyson, Browning? audio input? (55)

In reply to Eric Johnson's request for electronic Browning and Tennyson,
I have the poems and plays of Browning prepared in Oxford Concordance
Program format for a concordance that is nearly ready for publication.
Ricks' one-volume Tennyson was entered and encoded by Laurence Mazzeno
of the United States Naval Academy and is being revised to reflect Ricks'
recent three-volume Tennyson. T.J. Collins and I are now editing
Tennyson's plays and will add them to the electronic poems by summer 1990.
R. Shroyer
R.J. Shroyer: Department of English,
The University of Western Ontario,
London, Canada N6A 3K7.
(519)-679-2111, ext. 5839 or 5834
Canada: Shroyer@uwovax.uwo.ca
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Date: Mon, 12 Feb 90 14:17 GMT
From: Oxford Text Archive <ARCHIVE@VAX.OXFORD.AC.UK>
Subject: e-texts and pricing

[delayed by wonky line between OUCS and rest of world]

Electronic versions of texts by both Browning and Tennyson are available from
the Oxford Text Archive, an institution with which I must confess I had
assumed all Humanists were by now entirely familiar. There is a reasonably
up to date list of all the texts we hold available freely from the
LISTSERV as the file OXARCHIV SHRTLIST. To obtain any of the
texts listed there in category U, you need to send us an order form
(available online by request) with your signature and payment. The
signature is to confirm that you are going to use the text for research
purposes only, and not for profit. We do that to protect our depositors'
rights in their material: most of which does not belong to us. For texts
in category A the same rules apply, but you have to get explicit
permission from the depositor as well. And there are texts in category X
which we can't copy for you at all - mostly because someone else is
distributing them already.

As our pricing policy seems to have been the subject of some rather
ill-informed gossip of late, I hope you'll let me sputter (rather than
flame) on a bit about that. Our preferred medium is magnetic tape. For
texts supplied on tape, we charge a flat rate of 5 pounds per text,
irrespective of size, plus a media charge of 15 pounds in Europe or 25
pounds elsewhere for each tape needed. Smaller texts are available on
diskette, but at the outrageous price of 15 pounds per diskette. This
price is set deliberately high as a deterrent: at present all the stuff
is on tape on the VAX, and every order for a diskette means someone has
to sit around for ages downloading the stuff. But I expect we'll see
reason eventually. Just for those who don't know what a magnetic tape
is, you can get up to 40 or 50 megabytes on one tape: i.e. nearly two
hundred diskettes. Maybe our prices are not so unreasonable after all.

Lou Burnard
Oxford Text Archive